Short Stature with or without Partial Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency via the GHSR Gene

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628 GHSR$540.00 81479 Add to Order
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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 18 days.

Clinical Sensitivity

Sensitivity of this test is currently unknown.

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Deletion/Duplication Testing via aCGH

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600 GHSR$690.00 81479 Add to Order
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The great majority of tests are completed within 28 days.

Clinical Features

Short stature is a multifactorial developmental disorder. Short stature with or without partial isolated growth hormone deficiency (OMIM 604271) is a genetic disorder of growth failure due to defective growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR) (Howard et al. Science 273:974-977, 1996; Pantel et al. J Clin Invest 116:760-768, 2006). It has been reported that a patient with recessive partial isolated growth hormone deficiency due to GHSR mutations, had growth delay associated with recurrent abdominal pain, vomiting, ketosis, hypoglycemia and low body mass index (Pantel et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 94:4334-4341, 2009). On the other hand, a semidominant transmission with incomplete penetrance of short stature with or without partial isolated growth hormone deficiency has been reported in patients of two unrelated families from Morocco (Pantel et al. 2006).


Short stature with or without partial isolated growth hormone deficiency caused by mutations in the GHSR gene (Pantel et al. J Clin Invest 116:760-768, 2006). GHSR gene encodes a growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR), an orphan 7-transmembrane G-protein coupled receptor that acts on the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus to stimulate growth hormone release (Howard et al. Science 273:974-977, 1996; Smith et al. Endocr Rev 18:621-645, 1997). The GHSR receptor has a constitutive activity, defined as ligand-independent signaling activity, of unknown clinical significance and an endogenous ligand known as ghrelin, a hormone predominantly produced by the stomach to stimulate growth hormone secretion (Holst et al. Mol Endocrinol 17:2201-2210, 2003; Kojima et al. Nature 402:656-660, 1999; Pantel et al. 2006). A mix of missense and nonsense mutations within the GHSR gene and its promoter region have been reported (Wang et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89:157-162, 2004; Pantel et al. 2006; Liu et al. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 322:1036-1043, 2007; Mager et al. PLoS One 3:e2941, 2008; Pantel et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 94:4334-4341, 2009). The missense mutation c.611C>A (p.Ala204Glu), which results in a semidominant transmission with incomplete penetrance of short stature, has been demonstrated to affect the constitutive activity and the cell surface expression of the GHSR receptor but does not affect the specific binding to ghrelin (Pantel et al. 2006; Liu et al. 2007).

Testing Strategy

This test involves bidirectional sequencing using genomic DNA of the 2 coding exons (exons 1-2) and the regulatory region upstream of the GHSR gene. The full coding region of each exon plus ~20 bp of flanking non-coding DNA on each side 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

Candidates for this test are patients with symptoms consistent with short stature with or without partial isolated growth hormone deficiency and family members of patients who have known GHSR mutations.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
GHSR 601898
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Short Stature, Idiopathic, Autosomal 604271


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  • Holst, B., (2003). "High constitutive signaling of the ghrelin receptor--identification of a potent inverse agonist." Mol Endocrinol 17(11): 2201-10. PubMed ID: 12907757
  • Howard, A. D., (1996). "A receptor in pituitary and hypothalamus that functions in growth hormone release." Science 273(5277): 974-7. PubMed ID: 8688086
  • Kojima, M., (1999). "Ghrelin is a growth-hormone-releasing acylated peptide from stomach." Nature 402(6762): 656-60. PubMed ID: 10604470
  • Liu, G., (2007). "Four missense mutations in the ghrelin receptor result in distinct pharmacological abnormalities." J Pharmacol Exp Ther 322(3): 1036-43. PubMed ID: 17596538
  • Mager, U., (2008). "Variations in the ghrelin receptor gene associate with obesity and glucose metabolism in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance." PLoS One 3(8): e2941. PubMed ID: 18698404
  • Pantel, J., (2006). "Loss of constitutive activity of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor in familial short stature." J Clin Invest 116(3): 760-8. PubMed ID: 16511605
  • Pantel, J., (2009). "Recessive isolated growth hormone deficiency and mutations in the ghrelin receptor." J Clin Endocrinol Metab 94(11): 4334-41. PubMed ID: 19789204
  • Smith, R. G., (1997). "Peptidomimetic regulation of growth hormone secretion." Endocr Rev 18(5): 621-45. PubMed ID: 9331545
  • Wang, H. J., (2004). "Ghrelin receptor gene: identification of several sequence variants in extremely obese children and adolescents, healthy normal-weight and underweight students, and children with short normal stature." J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89(1): 157-62. PubMed ID: 14715843
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Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing

Test Procedure

Nomenclature for sequence variants was from the Human Genome Variation Society (  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.
  • Once the test has been added log in to myPrevent to fill out an online 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.


(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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