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Alzheimer's Disease, Familial via the PSEN2 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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PSEN2 81406 81406,81479 $990
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6923PSEN281406 81406,81479 $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.

Targeted Testing

For ordering sequencing of targeted known variants, go to our Targeted Variants page.


Genetic Counselors


  • Li Fan, MD, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by onset of dementia before 60 years of age. Dementia initially presents in FAD patients as short term memory problems or disorientation between 30 and 60 years of age. Cognitive decline is observed over the next 10-20 years with apraxia, progressive memory loss and impaired spatial skills being common presentations (Wallon et al. 2012). Motor disturbances such as cerebellar ataxia and spastic paraparesis are also observed in a subset of patients. The key neuropathology of FAD includes: amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, neuronal loss and brain atrophy (Wu et al. 2012). An important feature of the FAD diagnosis is that an individual has at least one affected family member. Patients with FAD caused by PSEN2 mutations typically show a later age of onset in the 50s or 60s as compared to onset in the 30s or 40s as seen in FAD caused by APP or PSEN1 variants (Jayadev et al. 2010). In addition, PSEN2-related FAD patients have a higher frequency of behavioral and psychotic symptoms of dementia (BPSD), such as hallucinations or delusions (Canevelli et al. 2014).


FAD is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner and can be caused by mutations in the PSEN2 gene. Most causative PSEN2 variants are missense variants distributed throughout the gene. Two variants, N141I and M239V, account for 74% of all PSEN2-related FAD cases (Canevelli et al. 2014).

PSEN2 encodes the presenilin-2 (PS2) protein. PS2 is a subunit of the gamma-secretase complex which cleaves the Alzheimer's-associated alpha-beta precursor protein (APP). APP undergoes sequential processing to produce two amyloid-beta isoforms: AB40 and AB42. Accumulation of characteristic amyloid-beta plaques in FAD patients are associated with improperly processed APP, specifically increased ratios of the AB42 isoform relative to AB40 (Kumar-Singh et al. 2000). Although PSEN2 knockout mice do not show amyloid-beta processing defects, pathogenic PSEN2 variants were shown to alter AB40:AB42 ratios in in vitro cell-based assays (Herreman et al. 1999; Walker et al. 2005).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

PSEN2 variants only account for a small percent of FAD cases, with pathogenic PSEN2 variants identified in 0.4-10% of cases of FAD or early onset dementia (Finckh et al. 2000; Janssen et al. 2003; Guerreiro et al. 2010).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the PSEN2 gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

PSEN2 testing should be considered for individuals with early onset dementia who have at least one affected family member, especially if they present with delusions or hallucinations. PSEN2 testing can also determine carrier status of individuals for a known familial mutation.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
PSEN2 600759
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Alzheimer's Disease, Type 4 AD 606889

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Alzheimer's Disease, Familial, Panel


  • Canevelli M, Piscopo P, Talarico G, Vanacore N, Blasimme A, Crestini A, Tosto G, Troili F, Lenzi GL, Confaloni A, Bruno G. 2014. Familial Alzheimer’s disease sustained by presenilin 2 mutations: Systematic review of literature and genotype–phenotype correlation. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 42: 170–179. PubMed ID: 24594196
  • Finckh U, Müller-Thomsen T, Mann U, Eggers C, Marksteiner J, Meins W, Binetti G, Alberici A, Hock C, Nitsch RM, others. 2000. High prevalence of pathogenic mutations in patients with early-onset dementia detected by sequence analyses of four different genes. The American Journal of Human Genetics 66: 110–117. PubMed ID: 10631141
  • Guerreiro RJ, Baquero M, Blesa R, Boada M, Brás JM, Bullido MJ, Calado A, Crook R, Ferreira C, Frank A, Gómez-Isla T, Hernández I, et al. 2010. Genetic screening of Alzheimer’s disease genes in Iberian and African samples yields novel mutations in presenilins and APP. Neurobiology of Aging 31: 725–731. PubMed ID: 18667258
  • Herreman A, Hartmann D, Annaert W, Saftig P, Craessaerts K, Serneels L, Umans L, Schrijvers V, Checler F, Vanderstichele H, others. 1999. Presenilin 2 deficiency causes a mild pulmonary phenotype and no changes in amyloid precursor protein processing but enhances the embryonic lethal phenotype of presenilin 1 deficiency. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 96: 11872–11877. PubMed ID: 10518543
  • Janssen JC. et al. 2003. Neurology. 60: 235-9 PubMed ID: 12552037
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  • Kumar-Singh S. et al. 2000. Human Molecular Genetics. 9: 2589-98. PubMed ID: 11063718
  • Walker ES, Martinez M, Brunkan AL, Goate A. 2005. Presenilin 2 familial Alzheimer’s disease mutations result in partial loss of function and dramatic changes in Abeta 42/40 ratios. Journal of Neurochemistry 92: 294–301. PubMed ID: 15663477
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  • Wu L. et al. 2012. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 39: 436–445 PubMed ID: 22728850


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