Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2A (MEN2A) and Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (FMTC) via the RET Gene - Tier 1

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Test Code Test Copy GenesPriceCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
792 RET$590.00 81405 Add to Order
Targeted Testing

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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 18 days.

Clinical Sensitivity
This test is predicted to detect disease mutations in >95% of cases with MEN2A and in >90% of cases with FMTC (Mulligan et al. Nat Genet 6:70-74, 1994; Mulligan & Ponder J Clin Endocrinol Metab 80:1989-1995, 1995; Shirahama et al. J Hum Genet 43:101-106, 1998; Eng et al. JAMA 276:1575-1579, 1996; Niccoli-Sire et al. Clin Endocrinol Metab 86:3746-3753, 2001).

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CNV via aCGH

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600 RET$990.00 81479 Add to Order
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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 20 days.

Clinical Features
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) is characterized by medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and classified into three subtypes: MEN2A, FMTC and MEN2B. MEN2A (OMIM#171400) is characterized by the occurrence of two or more specific endocrine tumors in a single individual or in close relatives: MTC (>95%), pheochromocytoma (50%), or parathyroid adenoma/hyperplasia (20-30%). FMTC (OMIM# 155240) is diagnosed in families with four cases of MTC in the absence of pheochromocytoma or parathyroid adenoma/hyperplasia (Mulligan et al. Nat Genet 6:70-74, 1994). MEN2B has a distinct phenotype and is described under Test #794.
MEN2A/FMTC is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner with near complete penetrance. The disorder is caused by constitutively activating (gain-of-function) mutations of the RET proto-oncogene. Approximately 95% of families with MEN2A have a RET mutation in exon 10 or 11. Mutations of codon 634 encoding cysteine occur in about 85% of families. MEN2A comprises about 70%-80% of cases of MEN2. Common cysteine codon mutations in exon 10 and 11 as well as other non-cysteine codon mutations in exon 8 and 13-15 have been reported in FMTC. FMTC comprises about 10%-20% of cases of MEN2. Evidence for genotype-phenotype correlation involving specific cysteine codons has been established (Eng et al. JAMA 276:1575-1579, 1996; Niccoli-Sire et al. Clin Endocrinol Metab 86:3746-3753, 2001). The RET proto-oncogene is one of the receptor tyrosine kinases, cell-surface molecules that transduce signals for cell growth and differentiation. RET interacts with the glial-derived neurotropic factor (GDNF) family of ligands: GDNF, neurturin, persephin, and artemin. Formation of a complex containing two RET protein molecules leads to RET autophosphorylation and intracellular signaling (Santoro et al. Endocrinology 145:5448-5451, 2004).
Testing Strategy
This test involves bidirectional sequencing using genomic DNA of selected exons in Tier 1 (exons 8, 10, 11, 13-15) of the RET gene plus ~10 bp of flanking non-coding DNA on each side. If no mutation is identified in the patients with classic MEN2A/FMTC, sequencing of the remaining exons is available upon request (Tier 2-Test #793). We will also sequence any single exon (Test #100) in family members of patients with a known mutation or to confirm research results. This test is specifically designed for heritable germline mutations and is not appropriate for the detection of somatic mutations in tumor tissue.
Indications for Test
Candidates for this test are patients with clinical features consistent with MEN2A/FMTC and family members of patients who have known RET mutations.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
RET 164761
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

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  • Eng, C., (1996). "The relationship between specific RET proto-oncogene mutations and disease phenotype in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2. International RET mutation consortium analysis." Jama 276(19): 1575-9. PubMed ID: 8918855
  • Mulligan, L. M., (1994). "Specific mutations of the RET proto-oncogene are related to disease phenotype in MEN 2A and FMTC." Nat Genet 6(1): 70-4. PubMed ID: 7907913
  • Mulligan, L. M., Ponder, B. A. (1995). "Genetic basis of endocrine disease: multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2." J Clin Endocrinol Metab 80(7): 1989-95. PubMed ID: 7608246
  • Niccoli-Sire, P., (2001). "Familial medullary thyroid carcinoma with noncysteine ret mutations: phenotype-genotype relationship in a large series of patients." J Clin Endocrinol Metab 86(8): 3746-53. PubMed ID: 11502806
  • Santoro M. 2004. Minireview: RET: Normal and Abnormal Functions. Endocrinology 145: 5448–5451. PubMed ID: 15331579
  • Shirahama, S., (1998). "Mutational analysis of the RET proto-oncogene in 71 Japanese patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma." J Hum Genet 43(2): 101-6. PubMed ID: 9621513
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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 10 bases of non-coding DNA flanking the exon are sequenced.

Analytical Validity

As of February 2018, we compared 26.8 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 14 years of our lab operation we have Sanger sequenced roughly 14,300 PCR amplicons. Only one error has been identified, and this was an error in analysis of sequence data.

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 10 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 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.

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.

In the case of duplications, aCGH will not determine the chromosomal location of the duplicated DNA. Most duplications will be tandem, but in some cases the duplicated DNA will be inserted at a different locus. This method will also not determine the orientation of the duplicated segment (direct or inverted).

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

The sensitivity of this assay is dependent upon the quality of the input DNA. In particular, highly degraded DNA will yield poor results.

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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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