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Congenital Hypothyroidism (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Deficiency) via the TSHB Gene

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  • Clinical Features and Genetics
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TEST METHODS

Sequencing

Test Code Test Copy GenesIndividual Gene PriceCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
1587 TSHB$440.00 81479 Add to Order
Targeted Testing

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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 18 days.

Clinical Sensitivity

Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is normally a sporadic disease, but in about 5% of cases a genetic cause has been demonstrated. Pathogenic variants in multiple genes from several molecular mechanisms are associated with CH (Nettore et al. 2013). Clinical sensitivity of TSHB mutation analysis is unknown, but expected to be low. Less than 10 patients with TSHB defects have been reported in sporadic and familial cases of CH (Human Gene Mutation Database).

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Deletion/Duplication Testing via aCGH

Test Code Test Copy GenesIndividual Gene PriceCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
600 TSHB$690.00 81479 Add to Order
Pricing Comment

# of Genes Ordered

Total Price

1

$690

2

$730

3

$770

4-10

$840

11-30

$1,290

31-100

$1,670

Over 100

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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 28 days.

Clinical Features

Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is the most common congenital endocrine disorder. It occurs in one of every 3,000-4,000 newborns and is twice as common in females as in males. Without early and adequate treatment, CH is characterized by growth failure, developmental delay, and permanent intellectual disability. Current newborn screening primarily detects the elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level at birth in response to decreased or absent thyroid hormone production and can identify over 90% of CH cases. Most CH patients grow and develop normally after treatment with thyroxine (Park and Chatterjee. 2005; Rose et al. 2006).

CH is usually a sporadic disorder, but growing evidence confirms several genetic mechanisms together account for at least 5% of cases. The majority of CH cases (~80%) are due to developmental defects of the thyroid gland known as thyroid dysgenesis, including thyroid agenesis, hypoplasia, and ectopy. The remaining ~15% are caused by defects in one of the steps of thyroid hormone biosynthesis (thyroid dyshormonogenesis). Other less common causes are central hypothyroidism (impaired hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis), thyroid hormone transporter defects, and thyroid hormone resistance (Péter and Muzsnai 2011; Nettore et al. 2013; Weber et al. 2013).

Genetics

Loss of function mutations in TSHB lead to autosomal recessive congenital hypothyroidism secondary to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) deficiency. TSH is synthesized and secreted by the pituitary gland and contains an alpha subunit and a beta subunit. The beta subunit encoded by TSHB confers the specificity of TSH. Reported TSHB pathogenic variants (~10) include missense, nonsense, splicing variants, small deletions/insertions, and one gross deletion (Hayashizaki et al. 1989; Baquedano et al. 2001; Hermanns et al. 2014).

Testing Strategy

This test involves bidirectional Sanger DNA sequencing of all coding exons of TSHB. The entire coding region and ~20 bp of flanking non-coding DNA on either side of each splice site are sequenced. We will also sequence any single exon (Test #100) or pair of exons (Test #200) in family members of patients with known mutations or to confirm research results.

Indications for Test

Individuals with clinical symptoms consistent with hypothyroidism, decreased or absent TSH levels, and absence of anti-thyroid antibodies. 

Gene

Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
TSHB 188540
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

Disease

Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Hypothryoidism, Congenital, Nongoitrous 4 275100

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Citations
  • Baquedano MS, Ciaccio M, Dujovne N, Herzovich V, Longueira Y, Warman DM, Rivarola MA, Belgorosky A. 2010. Two novel mutations of the TSH-beta subunit gene underlying congenital central hypothyroidism undetectable in neonatal TSH screening. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 95: E98–103. PubMed ID: 20534762
  • Hayashizaki Y, Hiraoka Y, Endo Y, Miyai K, Matsubara K. 1989. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) deficiency caused by a single base substitution in the CAGYC region of the beta-subunit. EMBO J. 8: 2291–2296. PubMed ID: 2792087
  • Hermanns P, Couch R, Leonard N, Klotz C, Pohlenz J. 2014. A novel deletion in the thyrotropin Beta-subunit gene identified by array comparative genomic hybridization analysis causes central congenital hypothyroidism in a boy originating from Turkey. Horm Res Paediatr 82: 201–205. PubMed ID: 25012771
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Nettore IC, Cacace V, Fusco C De, Colao A, Macchia PE. 2013. The molecular causes of thyroid dysgenesis: a systematic review. J. Endocrinol. Invest. 36: 654–664. PubMed ID: 23698639
  • Park SM, Chatterjee VKK. 2005. Genetics of congenital hypothyroidism. J. Med. Genet. 42: 379–389. PubMed ID: 15863666
  • Péter F, Muzsnai A. 2011. Congenital disorders of the thyroid: hypo/hyper. Pediatr. Clin. North Am. 58: 1099–1115, ix. PubMed ID: 21981951
  • Rose SR, Brown RS, Foley T, Kaplowitz PB, Kaye CI, Sundararajan S, Varma SK, American Academy of Pediatrics; Section on Endocrinology and Committee on Genetics, American Thyroid Association; Public Health Committee, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. 2006. Update of newborn screening and therapy for congenital hypothyroidism. Pediatrics 117: 2290–2303. PubMed ID: 16740880
  • Weber G, Rabbiosi S, Zamproni I, Fugazzola L. 2013. Genetic defects of hydrogen peroxide generation in the thyroid gland. J. Endocrinol. Invest. 36: 261–266. PubMed ID: 23404134
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TEST METHODS

Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing

Test Procedure

Nomenclature for sequence variants was from the Human Genome Variation Society (http://www.hgvs.org).  As required, DNA is extracted from the patient specimen.  PCR is used to amplify the indicated exons plus additional flanking non-coding sequence.  After cleaning of the PCR products, cycle sequencing is carried out using the ABI Big Dye Terminator v.3.0 kit.  Products are resolved by electrophoresis on an ABI 3730xl capillary sequencer.  In most cases, sequencing is performed in both forward and reverse directions; in some cases, sequencing is performed twice in either the forward or reverse directions.  In nearly all cases, the full coding region of each exon as well as 20 bases of non-coding DNA flanking the exon are sequenced.

Analytical Validity

As of March 2016, we compared 17.37 Mb of Sanger DNA sequence generated at PreventionGenetics to NextGen sequence generated in other labs. We detected only 4 errors in our Sanger sequences, and these were all due to allele dropout during PCR. For Proficiency Testing, both external and internal, in the 12 years of our lab operation we have Sanger sequenced roughly 8,800 PCR amplicons. Only one error has been identified, and this was due to sequence analysis error.

Our Sanger sequencing is capable of detecting virtually all nucleotide substitutions within the PCR amplicons. Similarly, we detect essentially all heterozygous or homozygous deletions within the amplicons. Homozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are detectable as PCR failure. Heterozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are usually not detected (see Analytical Limitations). All heterozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 100 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger heterozygous insertions may not be detected. All homozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 300 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger homozygous insertions may masquerade as homozygous deletions (PCR failure).

Analytical Limitations

In exons where our sequencing did not reveal any variation between the two alleles, we cannot be certain that we were able to PCR amplify both of the patient’s alleles. Occasionally, a patient may carry an allele which does not amplify, due for example to a deletion or a large insertion. In these cases, the report contains no information about the second allele.

Similarly, our sequencing tests have almost no power to detect duplications, triplications, etc. of the gene sequences.

In most cases, only the indicated exons and roughly 20 bp of flanking non-coding sequence on each side are analyzed. Test reports contain little or no information about other portions of the gene, including many regulatory regions.

In nearly all 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 for example 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 and cycle sequencing.

Unless otherwise indicated, the sequence data that we report are based on DNA isolated from a specific tissue (usually leukocytes). Test reports contain no information about gene sequences in other tissues.

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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Ordering Options


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  • The test can be added to your online orders in the Summary and Pricing section.
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REQUISITION FORM
  • 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.

SPECIMEN TYPES
WHOLE BLOOD

(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.

DNA

(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.

CELL CULTURE

(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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