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Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome 3 via the RNASEH2C Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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3827 RNASEH2C 81479 81479,81479 $640 Order Options and Pricing
Test Code Test Copy Genes Test CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Code Base Price
3827RNASEH2C81479 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.

Targeted Testing

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Genetic Counselors


  • Angela Gruber, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Aicardi-Goutiéres syndrome (AGS) is a rare, early-onset, progressive encephalopathy typically characterized by basal ganglia calcification, white matter abnormalities, and cerebral atrophy (Crow and Livingston 2008; Crow and Manel 2015). Affected individuals can present with progressive microcephaly, hypotonia, dystonia, seizures, spastic quadriplegia, and severe developmental delay (Crow 2014). Chilblains, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, cardiomyopathy, intracerebral vasculitis, peripheral neuropathy, and systemic lupus erythematosus are also associated with the AGS spectrum of disease (Crow et al. 2015). Cerebrospinal fluid analyses show lymphocytosis and increased type I interferon activity. AGS individuals are often misdiagnosed with congenital infections due to similar presentation. Onset can occur in utero (~25%), while the majority of patients present within the first year of life (~70%) (Crow et al. 2015). Recently, six interferon-stimulated genes were measured and found to be useful biomarkers in most AGS patients (Rice et al. 2013).


Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome 3 is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner due to pathogenic variants in RNASEH2C, located on chromosome 11q13.1. RNASEH2C encodes the subunit C of the human ribonuclease H2 enzyme complex which cleaves ribonucleotides from RNA:DNA duplexes. Missense pathogenic variants are most commonly reported; however, some small deletion/insertion variants have been reported as well (Human Gene Mutation Database). The RNASEH2C variant c.205C>T (p.Arg69Trp) is seen particularly frequently in Asian (most commonly Pakistani) families and represents an ancient founder event (Rice et al 2007).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

In a recent comprehensive study of 374 patients (299 families) with a molecular diagnosis of AGS, pathogenic variants were found in the following percentages: 23% TREX1, 5% RNASEH2A, 36% RNASEH2B, 12% RNASEH2C, 13% SAMHD1, 7% ADAR, and 3% IFIH1 (Crow et al. 2015).

Thus far, no large deletions or duplications involving the RNASEH2C gene have been reported.

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the RNASEH2C gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Patients with clinical features consistent with AGS, chronic leukocytosis, and increased interferon-alpha (INF-a) and neopterin in Cerebrospinal fluid. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in RNASEH2C.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
RNASEH2C 610330
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome 3 AR 610329

Related Test

Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome Panel


  • Crow Y.J. 2014. Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Wallace SE, Amemiya A, Bean LJ, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews(®), Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301648
  • Crow Y.J. et al. 2015. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 167A: 296-312. PubMed ID: 25604658
  • Crow Y.J., Livingston J.H. 2008. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 50: 410-6. PubMed ID: 18422679
  • Crow Y.J., Manel N. 2015. Nature Reviews. Immunology. 15: 429-40. PubMed ID: 26052098
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Rice G. et al. 2007. American Journal of Human Genetics. 81: 713-25. PubMed ID: 17846997
  • Rice G.I. et al. 2013. The Lancet. Neurology. 12: 1159-69. PubMed ID: 24183309


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