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Alpha-Thalassemia X-linked Intellectual Disability Syndrome via the ATRX Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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ATRX 81479 81479,81479 $990
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9835ATRX81479 81479,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

Testing run on PG-select capture probes includes CNV analysis for the gene(s) on the panel but does not permit the optional add on of exome-wide CNV analysis. Any of the NGS platforms allow reflex to other clinically relevant genes, up to whole exome or whole genome sequencing depending upon the base platform selected for the initial test.

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

This test is also offered via a custom panel (click here) on our exome or genome backbone which permits the optional add on of exome-wide CNV or genome-wide SV analysis.

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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  • Luke Drury, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Alpha-Thalassemia X-linked Intellectual Disability (ATRX) syndrome is characterized by severe mental retardation, craniofacial abnormalities, genital abnormalities and alpha thalassemia due to mutation in the ATRX gene. Global development delays are common at infancy and in severe cases, cognitive function is profoundly impaired with patients being unable to walk independently or develop significant speech. Craniofacial abnormalities may include upswept frontal hair line, hypertelorism, epicanthic folds, hypotonic facies, and a small triangular upturned nose. Genital abnormalities range from hypospadia to ambiguous genitalia. About 85% of ATRX individuals have lowered Hemoglobin H levels but near normal red blood cell indicies. Mutations in the ATRX gene have been found in phenotypically similar X-linked intellectual disorders, including Carpenter-Waziri syndrome, Holmes-Gang syndrome, and Chudley-Lowre syndrome (Stevenson et al. 2010). Acquired mutations in ATRX have also been found in patients with alpha thalassemia myelodysplastic syndrome (ATMDS), a pre-leukemic condition typically found in elderly men (Steensma et al. 2004), and in low grade glioma (Kannan et al. 2012). Genetic testing is helpful in differential diagnosis of ATRX from other similar X-linked intellectual disorders including Coffin-Lowry Syndrome, MECP2 duplication syndrome and from classical alpha-thalassemia (Stevenson et al. 2010).


ATRX is an X-linked recessive disorder with complete penetrance due to mutations in the ATRX gene. Female carriers have been reported to have ATRX syndrome in rare cases due to skewed X-chromosome inactivation (Stevenson et al. 2010). Mutations in the zinc finger domain (exons 7-9) and helicase domain (exons 17-20), with missense being most predominant, occur in more than 80% of individuals with ATRX (Gibbons et al. 2008; Picketts et al. 1996). However, mutations have been found throughout the coding region with nonsense, small insertions, small deletions, and splice site alterations being found in the minority of cases. A deep intronic variant denoted as c.6218-12574G>A has also been reported to cause ATRX syndrome through altered splicing (Picketts et al. 1996). Duplications in the ATRX gene have been reported to be causative for ATRX syndrome and represent <5% of cases (Thienpont et al. 2007). The ATRX protein is a member of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling protein family and functions to control telomere stability and chromatin cohesion (Mitson et al. 2011). The ATRX protein forms a complex with the histone chaperone DAXX to regulate gene expression of several genes including HBA1 and HBA2 leading the presence of alpha thalassemia in affected patients (Mitson et al. 2011).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

Clinical sensitivity cannot be estimated because only a small number of patients have been reported (Stevenson et al. 2010). Analytical sensitivity for detection of known ATRX mutations is >95% (Stevenson et al. 2010. PubMed ID: 14592816).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the ATRX 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 ATRX syndrome and hemoglobin electrophoresis indicating HbH are candidates for testing. In ~25% cases, female carriers for a pathogenic variant in the ATRX gene exhibit HbH inclusions following brilliant cresyl blue staining. Ideal candidates have a family history of ATRX syndrome. Genetic testing is often helpful in confirming diagnosis of ATRX (Stevenson et al. 2010).


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
ATRX 300032
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


  • Gibbons RJ, Wada T, Fisher CA, Malik N, Mitson MJ, Steensma DP, Fryer A, Goudie DR, Krantz ID, Traeger-Synodinos J. 2008. Mutations in the chromatin-associated protein ATRX. Human Mutation 29: 796802. PubMed ID: 18409179
  • Kannan K, Inagaki A, Silber J, Gorovets D, Zhang J, Kastenhuber ER, Heguy A, Petrini JH, Chan TA, Huse JT. 2012. Whole-exome sequencing identifies ATRX mutation as a key molecular determinant in lower-grade glioma. Oncotarget 3: 11941203. PubMed ID: 23104868
  • Mitson M, Kelley LA, Sternberg MJE, Higgs DR, Gibbons RJ. 2011. Functional significance of mutations in the Snf2 domain of ATRX. Human Molecular Genetics 20: 26032610. PubMed ID: 21505078
  • Picketts DJ, Higgs DR, Bachoo S, Blake DJ, Quarrell OW, Gibbons RJ. 1996. ATRX encodes a novel member of the SNF2 family of proteins: mutations point to a common mechanism underlying the ATR-X syndrome. Human molecular genetics 5: 18991907. PubMed ID: 8968741
  • Steensma DP, Higgs DR, Fisher CA, Gibbons RJ. 2004. Acquired somatic ATRX mutations in myelodysplastic syndrome associated with thalassemia (ATMDS) convey a more severe hematologic phenotype than germline ATRX mutations. Blood 103: 20192026. PubMed ID: 14592816
  • Stevenson RE. 2010. Alpha-Thalassemia X-Linked Intellectual Disability Syndrome. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews(), Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301622
  • Thienpont B, Ravel T de, Esch H Van, Schoubroeck D Van, Moerman P, Vermeesch JR, Fryns J-P, Froyen G, Lacoste C, Badens C, others. 2007. Partial duplications of the ATRX gene cause the ATR-X syndrome. European Journal of Human Genetics 15: 10941097. PubMed ID: 17579672


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