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Autosomal Recessive Retinitis Pigmentosa 59 (RP59) via the DHDDS Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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DHDDS 81479 81479,81479 $990
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7625DHDDS81479 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.

Targeted Testing

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


Genetic Counselors


  • Dana Talsness, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) or rod cone dystrophies (RCDs) represent a group of hereditary retinal dystrophies with a worldwide prevalence of ~1 in 4,000 (Booij et al. 2005. PubMed ID: 16272259). RP is clinically characterized by retinal pigment deposits visible on fundus examination, nyctalopia ("night blindness"), followed by progressive degeneration of the photoreceptors, which eventually leads to blindness (van Soest et al. 1999. PubMed ID: 10025514).


Nonsyndromic RP is remarkably heterogeneous both clinically and genetically and exhibits autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR) or X-linked (XL) inheritance. To date, over 50 loci have been linked to nonsyndromic RP, and 18, 27 and 2 genes have been identified that are involved with AD, AR and XL forms, respectively (RetNet).

Bi-allelic pathogenic variants in DHDDS are associated with retinitis pigmentosa especially in Ashkenazi Jews (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282; Lam et al. 2014. PubMed ID: 24664694). DHDDS encodes dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase, which is primarily expressed in photoreceptor inner segments. This is a key enzyme in the pathway of dolichol biosynthesis, which plays an important role in N-glycosylation of many glycoproteins, including rhodopsin, and plays an essential role in retinal function (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282). So far, less than 5 pathogenic variants (only missense variants) have been associated with DHDDS-associated RP and (Human Gene Mutation Database).

To date, two out of three missense DHDDS pathogenic variants reported were found in the Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) RP population (Züchner et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295283; Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282). The p.Lys42Glu variant was reported in 12% (15/123) of the AJ RP patients and reported as a founder mutation (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282). RP patients with AJ ancestry should consider for the screening of p.Lys42Glu variant first (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282).

Of note, pathogenic variants in this genes have also been documented causative for Developmental and epileptic encephalopathy and a Congenital disorder of glycosylation (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

DHDDS is associated with retinitis pigmentosa in Ashkenazi Jews (over 10% of AJ RP patients) (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282; Lam et al. 2014. PubMed ID: 24664694). RP patients with AJ ancestry should consider screening for the p.Lys42Glu variant first (Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282).

Testing Strategy

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

Indications for Test

All patients with symptoms suggestive of AR RP especially patients with bull's eye maculopathy, and relatives of patients with known DHDDS pathogenic variants. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in DHDDS.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
DHDDS 608172
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Retinitis Pigmentosa 59 AR 613861

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  • Booij et al. 2005. PubMed ID: 16272259
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Lam et al. 2014. PubMed ID: 24664694
  • RetNet: Genes and Mapped Loci Causing Retinal Diseases.
  • van Soest et al. 1999. PubMed ID: 10025514
  • Zelinger et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295282
  • Züchner et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21295283


Ordering Options

We offer several options when ordering sequencing tests. For more information on these options, see our Ordering Instructions page. To view available options, click on the Order Options button within the test description.

myPrevent - Online Ordering

  • The test can be added to your online orders in the Summary and Pricing section.
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Requisition Form

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  • Billing information along with specimen and shipping instructions are within the requisition form.
  • All testing must be ordered by a qualified healthcare provider.

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