Centronuclear Myopathy Sequencing Panel

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NGS Sequencing

Test Code Test Copy GenesCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
1373 BIN1 81479 Add to Order
CCDC78 81479
DNM2 81479
MTM1 81406
RYR1 81408
TTN 81479
Full Panel Price* $640.00
Test Code Test Copy Genes Total Price CPT Codes Copy CPT Codes
1373 Genes x (6) $640.00 81406, 81408, 81479(x4) Add to Order
Pricing Comment

We are happy to accommodate requests for single genes or a subset of these genes. The price will remain the list price. If desired, free reflex testing to remaining genes on panel is available. Alternatively, a single gene or subset of genes can also be ordered on our PGxome Custom Panel.

Targeted Testing

For ordering targeted known variants, please proceed to our Targeted Variants landing page.

Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 20 days.

Clinical Sensitivity

Analytical sensitivity of MTM1 testing by DNA sequencing will be limited because a significant number of gross deletions of the MTM1 gene are reported. Overall clinical sensitivity for Centronuclear Myopathy testing is problematic to predict due to genetic heterogeneity of this disorder. From a cohort of 60 patients, seven were found to have MTM1 pathogenic variants (Laporte et al. 1996). In a survey of a defined pediatric population (southeastern Michigan) in the United States the overall prevalence of congenital myopathy was found to be 1:26,000 (Amburgey et al. 2011). A genetic cause was identified in 35% of cases and among the cases for which muscle biopsies were available, centronuclear findings were one of the rarest subtypes (Amburgey et al. 2011).

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Deletion/Duplication Testing via aCGH

Test Code Test Copy GenesIndividual Gene PriceCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
600 BIN1$990.00 81479 Add to Order
CCDC78$990.00 81479
DNM2$990.00 81479
MTM1$990.00 81405
RYR1$990.00 81479
TTN$990.00 81479
Full Panel Price* $1290.00
Test Code Test Copy Genes Total Price CPT Codes Copy CPT Codes
600 Genes x (6) $1290.00 81405, 81479(x5) Add to Order
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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 20 days.

Clinical Sensitivity

Clinical sensitivity for del/dup testing is expected to be low with the exception of the MTM1 gene.

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Clinical Features

Centronuclear myopathies (CNMs) are a genetically heterogeneous group of inherited neuromuscular disorders characterized by clinical features of a congenital myopathy and abundant central nuclei as the most prominent histopathological feature. See North et al. (2014) for diagnostic strategies and a comprehensive review of the congenital myopathies.

X-linked centronuclear myopathy (CNMX), also known as X-linked myotubular myopathy-1 (MTM1), is a severe congenital myopathy in affected males and is caused by pathogenic variants in the MTM1 gene (Laporte et al. 1996). Pregnancies involving males with CNMX are complicated by polyhydramnios secondary to decreased fetal swallowing. Decreased fetal movement is also noted, and some newborns are found to have congenital eventration of the diaphragm leading to respiratory failure (Heckmatt et al. 1985; Moerman et al. 1987). Newborns are extremely hypotonic and require ventilator support to avoid hypoxia. Facial, extraocular, and neck muscles are always affected. Other features seen at birth include body length greater than the 90th percentile, large head circumference, elongated face, and long fingers and toes (Joseph et al. 1995). Female carriers are usually asymptomatic, however, cases of obligate carriers have been reported with a range of clinical symptoms. Symptoms in mildly affected female carriers include facial weakness and limb-girdle weakness (Wallgren-Pettersson et al. 1995).

Autosomal recessive centronuclear myopathy (CNM2) has been found to be caused by pathogenic variants in the BIN1 gene (Nicot et al. 2007). Clinical and histological features of CNM2 include proximal muscle weakness and centrally placed nuclei with onset of weakness normally from birth to childhood. Progression of muscle weakness appears to be slow. Mild to severe contractures present at birth have been noted in one family.

RYR1-related centronuclear myopathy is associated with infantile-onset proximal weakness, external ophthalmoplegia, and bulbar involvement, followed by progressive improvement of symptoms. Histopathological findings in muscle biopsied from young patients include internalized nuclei and type 1 fiber predominance. However, when biopsied later in life, two-thirds of patients in one study had central cores or minicores in their muscle (Wilmshurst et al. 2010).

An apparently rare form of autosomal dominant centronuclear myopathy (CNM4) has been found to be caused by a pathogenic variant in the CCDC78 gene (Majczenko et al. 2012). CNM4 has been described in multiple members of a single family in which affected individuals display an early onset myopathy with distal weakness more pronounced than proximal weakness. Hypotonia was present at birth, as was fatigue and myalgias later in life. Ambulation is preserved, although patients experienced increased numbers of falls. Muscle biopsies revealed centralized nuclei, type 1 fiber predominance, fiber-size variability, and core-like areas in one patient. Internal aggregates stained positive for desmin.

Centronuclear myopathy-1 (CNM1) and axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, intermediate type B (CMTDIB) are allelic disorders caused by heterozygous pathogenic variants of the DNM2 gene. Patients with centronuclear myopathy-1 exhibit variable age of onset ranging from congenital, to early childhood, to as late as the third decade of life (Bitoun et al. 2005). Generalized muscle weakness especially in the distal lower limbs is a constant finding. Congenital onset cases have been described as having a more severe disease course requiring ventilation and NG tube feeding (Bitoun et al. 2007). Histopathology of affected muscles in CNM1 show hypotrophy of type 1 fibers and centrally placed nuclei.

More recently, several cases of Centronuclear myopathy have been attributed to compound heterozygous TTN pathogenic variants (Ceyhan-Birsoy et al 2013). Patients in this study were characterized by early-childhood onset, generalized weakness, and respiratory impairment, but without evidence of cardiac involvement at the time of the last follow-up in childhood or late adolescence (5–19 years). In contrast to MTM1-related CNM, but corresponding to findings in the RYR1-related form, central and internalized nuclei were typically multiple rather than single.


Centronuclear myopathy is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. One X-linked form (MTM1), three recessive forms (BIN1, RYR1, and TTN) and two autosomal dominant forms (CCDC78, DNM2) are known.

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Testing Strategy

For this NGS test, the full coding regions plus ~10 bp of non-coding DNA flanking each exon are sequenced for each of the genes listed below. Sequencing is accomplished by capturing specific regions with an optimized solution-based hybridization method, followed by massively parallel sequencing of the captured DNA fragments. Additional Sanger sequencing is performed for any regions not captured or with insufficient number of sequence reads. All pathogenic, undocumented and questionable variant calls are confirmed by Sanger sequencing.

This test will cover 98% of the coding exons in the indicated genes plus flanking regions.

This panel does not include coverage of TTN exons 85-95 and exons 153-155 (NM_133378.4). Sanger coverage of these regions is available for an additional charge; however, very few variants have been reported in these regions (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Indications for Test

Individuals with clinical symptoms consistent with centronuclear myopathy.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
BIN1 601248
CCDC78 614666
DNM2 602378
MTM1 300415
RYR1 180901
TTN 188840
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

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Genetic Counselors
  • Amburgey K. et al. 2011. Annals of Neurology. 70: 662-5. PubMed ID: 22028225
  • Bitoun M. et al. 2005. Nature Genetics. 37: 1207-9. PubMed ID: 16227997
  • Bitoun M. et al. 2007. Annals of Neurology. 62: 666-70. PubMed ID: 17932957
  • Ceyhan-Birsoy O. et al. 2013. Neurology. 81: 1205-14. PubMed ID: 23975875
  • Heckmatt J.Z. et al. 1985. Brain. 108: 941–64. PubMed ID: 4075080
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Laporte J. et al. 1996. Nature Genetics. 13: 175-82. PubMed ID: 8640223
  • Majczenko K. et al. 2012. American Journal of Human Genetics. 91: 365-71. PubMed ID: 22818856
  • Moerman P. et al. 1987. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 27: 213-8. PubMed ID: 3605197
  • Nicot A.S. et al. 2007. Nature Genetics. 39: 1134-9. PubMed ID: 17676042
  • North K.N. et al. 2014. Neuromuscular Disorders. 24: 97-116. PubMed ID: 24456932
  • Wallgren-Pettersson C. et al. 1995. Journal of Medical Genetics. 32: 673-9. PubMed ID: 8544184
  • Wilmshurst J.M. et al. 2010. Annals of Neurology. 68: 717-26. PubMed ID: 20839240
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NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes

Test Procedure

We use a combination of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Sanger sequencing technologies to cover the full coding regions of the listed genes plus ~20 bases of non-coding DNA flanking each exon.  As required, genomic DNA is extracted from the patient specimen.  For NGS, patient DNA corresponding to these regions is captured using an optimized set of DNA hybridization probes.  Captured DNA is sequenced using Illumina’s Reversible Dye Terminator (RDT) platform (Illumina, San Diego, CA, USA).  Regions with insufficient coverage by NGS are covered by Sanger sequencing.  All pathogenic, likely pathogenic, or variants of uncertain significance are confirmed by Sanger sequencing.

For Sanger sequencing, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is used to amplify targeted regions.  After purification of the PCR products, cycle sequencing is carried out using the ABI Big Dye Terminator v.3.0 kit.  PCR products are resolved by electrophoresis on an ABI 3730xl capillary sequencer.  In nearly all cases, cycle sequencing is performed separately in both the forward and reverse directions.

Patient DNA sequence is aligned to the genomic reference sequence for the indicated gene region(s). All differences from the reference sequences (sequence variants) are assigned to one of five interpretation categories, listed below, per ACMG Guidelines (Richards et al. 2015).

(1) Pathogenic Variants
(2) Likely Pathogenic Variants
(3) Variants of Uncertain Significance
(4) Likely Benign Variants
(5) Benign, Common Variants

Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) recommendations are used to describe sequence variants (  Rare variants and undocumented variants are nearly always classified as likely benign if there is no indication that they alter protein sequence or disrupt splicing.

Analytical Validity

As of March 2016, 6.36 Mb of sequence (83 genes, 1557 exons) generated in our lab was compared between Sanger and NextGen methodologies. We detected no differences between the two methods. The comparison involved 6400 total sequence variants (differences from the reference sequences). Of these, 6144 were nucleotide substitutions and 256 were insertions or deletions. About 65% of the variants were heterozygous and 35% homozygous. The insertions and deletions ranged in length from 1 to over 100 nucleotides.

In silico validation of insertions and deletions in 20 replicates of 5 genes was also performed. The validation included insertions and deletions of lengths between 1 and 100 nucleotides. Insertions tested in silico: 2200 between 1 and 5 nucleotides, 625 between 6 and 10 nucleotides, 29 between 11 and 20 nucleotides, 25 between 21 and 49 nucleotides, and 23 at or greater than 50 nucleotides, with the largest at 98 nucleotides. All insertions were detected. Deletions tested in silico: 1813 between 1 and 5 nucleotides, 97 between 6 and 10 nucleotides, 32 between 11 and 20 nucleotides, 20 between 21 and 49 nucleotides, and 39 at or greater than 50 nucleotides, with the largest at 96 nucleotides. All deletions less than 50 nucleotides in length were detected, 13 greater than 50 nucleotides in length were missed. Our standard NextGen sequence variant calling algorithms are generally not capable of detecting insertions (duplications) or heterozygous deletions greater than 100 nucleotides. Large homozygous deletions appear to be detectable.   

Analytical Limitations

Interpretation of the test results is limited by the information that is currently available.  Better interpretation should be possible in the future as more data and knowledge about human genetics and this specific disorder are accumulated.

When Sanger sequencing does not reveal any difference from the reference sequence, or when a sequence variant is homozygous, we cannot be certain that we were able to detect both patient alleles.  Occasionally, a patient may carry an allele which does not amplify, due to a large deletion or insertion.   In these cases, the report will contain no information about the second allele.  Our Sanger and NGS Sequencing tests are generally not capable of detecting Copy Number Variants (CNVs).

We sequence all coding exons for each given transcript, plus ~20 bp of flanking non-coding DNA for each exon.  Test reports contain no information about other portions of the gene, such as regulatory domains, deep intronic regions or any currently uncharacterized alternative exons.

In most cases, we are unable to determine the phase of sequence variants.  In particular, when we find two likely causative mutations for recessive disorders, we cannot be certain that the mutations are on different alleles.

Our ability to detect minor sequence variants due to somatic mosaicism is limited.  Sequence variants that are present in less than 50% of the patient’s nucleated cells may not be detected.

Runs of mononucleotide repeats (eg (A)n or (T)n) with n >8 in the reference sequence are generally not analyzed because of strand slippage during PCR.

Unless otherwise indicated, DNA sequence data is obtained from a specific cell-type (usually leukocytes from whole blood).   Test reports contain no information about the DNA sequence in other cell-types.

We cannot be certain that the reference sequences are correct.

Rare, low probability interpretations of sequencing results, such as for example the occurrence of de novo mutations in recessive disorders, are generally not included in the reports.

We have confidence in our ability to track a specimen once it has been received by PreventionGenetics.  However, we take no responsibility for any specimen labeling errors that occur before the sample arrives at PreventionGenetics.

Deletion/Duplication Testing via Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization

Test Procedure

Equal amounts of genomic DNA from the patient and a gender matched reference sample are amplified and labeled with Cy3 and Cy5 dyes, respectively. To prevent any sample cross contamination, a unique sample tracking control is added into each patient sample. Each labeled patient product is then purified, quantified, and combined with the same amount of reference product. The combined sample is loaded onto the designed array and hybridized for at least 22-42 hours at 65°C. Arrays are then washed and scanned immediately with 2.5 µM resolution. Only data for the gene(s) of interest for each patient are extracted and analyzed.

Analytical Validity

PreventionGenetics' high density gene-centric custom designed aCGH enables the detection of relatively small deletions and duplications within a single exon of a given gene or deletions and duplications encompassing the entire gene. PreventionGenetics has established and verified this test's accuracy and precision.

Analytical Limitations

Our dense probe coverage may allow detection of deletions/duplications down to 100 bp; however due to limitations and probe spacing this cannot be guaranteed across all exons of all genes. Therefore, some copy number changes smaller than 100-300 bp within a targeted large exon may not be detected by our array.

This array may not detect deletions and duplications present at low levels of mosaicism or those present in genes that have pseudogene copies or repeats elsewhere in the genome.

aCGH will not detect balanced translocations, inversions, or point mutations that may be responsible for the clinical phenotype.

Breakpoints, if occurring outside the targeted gene, may be hard to define.

The sensitivity of this assay may be reduced when DNA is extracted by an outside laboratory.

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  • The test can be added to your online orders in the Summary and Pricing section.
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  • A completed requisition form must accompany all specimens.
  • Billing information along with specimen and shipping instructions are within the requisition form.
  • All testing must be ordered by a qualified healthcare provider.


(Delivery accepted Monday - Saturday)

  • Collect 3 ml -5 ml (5 ml preferred) of whole blood in EDTA (purple top tube) or ACD (yellow top tube). For Test #500-DNA Banking only, collect 10 ml -20 ml of whole blood.
  • For small babies, we require a minimum of 1 ml of blood.
  • Only one blood tube is required for multiple tests.
  • Ship blood tubes at room temperature in an insulated container. Do not freeze blood.
  • During hot weather, include a frozen ice pack in the shipping container. Place a paper towel or other thin material between the ice pack and the blood tube.
  • In cold weather, include an unfrozen ice pack in the shipping container as insulation.
  • At room temperature, blood specimen is stable for up to 48 hours.
  • If refrigerated, blood specimen is stable for up to one week.
  • Label the tube with the patient name, date of birth and/or ID number.


(Delivery accepted Monday - Saturday)

  • Send in screw cap tube at least 5 µg -10 µg of purified DNA at a concentration of at least 20 µg/ml for NGS and Sanger tests and at least 5 µg of purified DNA at a concentration of at least 100 µg/ml for gene-centric aCGH, MLPA, and CMA tests, minimum 2 µg for limited specimens.
  • For requests requiring more than one test, send an additional 5 µg DNA per test ordered when possible.
  • DNA may be shipped at room temperature.
  • Label the tube with the composition of the solute, DNA concentration as well as the patient’s name, date of birth, and/or ID number.
  • We only accept genomic DNA for testing. We do NOT accept products of whole genome amplification reactions or other amplification reactions.


(Delivery preferred Monday - Thursday)

  • PreventionGenetics should be notified in advance of arrival of a cell culture.
  • Culture and send at least two T25 flasks of confluent cells.
  • Some panels may require additional flasks (dependent on size of genes, amount of Sanger sequencing required, etc.). Multiple test requests may also require additional flasks. Please contact us for details.
  • Send specimens in insulated, shatterproof container overnight.
  • Cell cultures may be shipped at room temperature or refrigerated.
  • Label the flasks with the patient name, date of birth, and/or ID number.
  • We strongly recommend maintaining a local back-up culture. We do not culture cells.
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