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Achromatopsia via the CNGB3 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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6917 CNGB3 81479 81479,81479 $640 Order Options and Pricing
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6917CNGB381479 81479,81479 $640 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

This test is also offered via our exome backbone with CNV detection (click here). The exome-based test may be higher priced, but permits reflex to the entire exome or to any other set of clinically relevant genes.

An additional 25% charge will be applied to STAT orders. STAT orders are prioritized throughout the testing process.

Turnaround Time

3 weeks on average for standard orders or 2 weeks on average for STAT orders.

Please note: Once the testing process begins, an Estimated Report Date (ERD) range will be displayed in the portal. This is the most accurate prediction of when your report will be complete and may differ from the average TAT published on our website. About 85% of our tests will be reported within or before the ERD range. We will notify you of significant delays or holds which will impact the ERD. Learn more about turnaround times here.

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Genetic Counselors


  • Dana Talsness, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Achromatopsia is a congenital cone rod dystrophy (CRD) that can be distinguished from other CRDs on the basis of primary cone involvement, stationary course, and normal fundus (Hamel Orphanet J Rare Dis 2:7, 2007). Two clinical types of achromatopsia, complete and incomplete, are recognized. In patients with complete achromatopsia, symptoms usually begin in infancy and include nystagmus, low visual acuity, photophobia, severe color vision defects, and selective absence of functioning cone photoreceptor cells in electroretinogram (ERG) findings. Patients with incomplete achromatopsia retain residual functioning cone cells. In addition, they have mild visual acuity and mild color vision defects. The prevalence of complete achromatopsia is 1 per 30,000 people worldwide (Michaelides et al. Br J Ophthalmol 88 291–297, 2004). However, in the Micronesian atoll of Pingelap, achromatopsia affects ~ 5 % of the island population (Morton et al. Am J Hum Genet 24:277-289, 1972).


Achromatopsia is a heterogeneous genetic disease that is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. It is caused by defects in various genes that encode important elements of the cone phototransduction process. Variants in four genes, including CNGB3 (Sundin et al. Nat Genet 25:289-293, 2000), have been identified in patients with achromatopsia. At least 37 different CNGB3 causative variants have been reported. Most variants are expected to result in truncated proteins and include nonsense and splice site variants and small insertions, deletions, and indels. Only three missense variants have been reported to date. No large deletions, duplications, or complex rearrangements have been reported. A founder missense variant, c.1304C>T, causes achromatopsia in the Pingelap population (Sundin, 2000). In addition to achromatopsia (OMIM 262300), CNGB3 variants were identified in patients with juvenile onset macular degeneration (OMIM 248200; Nishiguchi et al. Hum Mutat 25:248-258, 2005) and patients with progressive cone dystrophy (Michaelides et al. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 45:1975-1982, 2004).

The CNGB3 gene encodes the beta subunit of the cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channel in cone photoreceptor cells.

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

This test will detect variants in up to 50% of patients with clinical diagnosis of achromatopsia (Kohl et al. Eur J Hum Genet13:302-308, 2005).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the CNGB3 gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Patients with normal rod function and absence of cone response in ERG findings (Kohl et al. GeneReviews, 2009). This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in CNGB3.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
CNGB3 605080
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Achromatopsia 3 AR 262300
Stargardt Disease 1 AR 248200

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  • Hamel CP. 2007. Cone rod dystrophies. Orphanet J Rare Dis 1;2:7. PubMed ID: 17270046
  • Kohl et al. 2015. Achromatopsia. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301591
  • Kohl S. et al. 2005. European Journal of Human Genetics: Ejhg. 13: 302-8. PubMed ID: 15657609
  • Michaelides, M., et.al. (2004). "Progressive cone dystrophy associated with mutation in CNGB3." Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 45(6): 1975-82. PubMed ID: 15161866
  • Michaelides, M., et.al. (2004). "The cone dysfunction syndromes." Br J Ophthalmol 88(2): 291-7. PubMed ID: 14736794
  • Nishiguchi, K. M., et.al. (2005). "Cone cGMP-gated channel mutations and clinical findings in patients with achromatopsia, macular degeneration, and other hereditary cone diseases." Hum Mutat 25(3): 248-58. PubMed ID: 15712225
  • Strauss, K. A., Morton, D. H. (2003). "Type I glutaric aciduria, part 2: a model of acute striatal necrosis." Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet 121C(1): 53-70. PubMed ID: 12888986
  • Sundin O.H. et al. 2000. Nature Genetics. 25: 289-93. PubMed ID: 10888875


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