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Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa via the LAMA3 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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7721 LAMA3 81479 81479,81479 $640 Order Options and Pricing
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7721LAMA381479 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


  • Stela Berisha, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), one of the four major types of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous skin/mucosa separation disorder characterized by blister formation induced by minimal mechanical trauma. Mutations in LAMA3 accounts for ~9% of pathogenic mutations reported in JEB. Generally, patients with Herlitz JEB (OMIM#226700), the neonatal lethal form JEB, carried null mutant LAMA3 alleles, while patients with Non-Herlitz JEB (OMIM#226650), the mild type JEB, had missense or splicing mutations (Kiritsi et al. J Med Genet 48:450-457, 2011; Intong et al. Clin Dermatol 30:70-77, 2012). In the severe cases, blisters can occur at birth in all parts of the body, erosions and granulations result in restrictions in oral, corneal, esophageal and lung tissues. Premature death is often caused by complications of dehydration, anemia and sepsis (Fine et al. J Am Acad Derm 58: 931-950, 2008; Pfendner et al. GeneReview, 2008; Laimer et al. Dermatol Clin 28:55–60, 2010). In addition, LAMA3 mutations were shown to cause laryngoonychocutaneous syndrome (LOCs or Shabbir OMIM#245660), characterized by skin blisters, nail dystrophy, ocular and laryngeal granulation.


LAMA3 codes α chain of the Laminin-332 protein in skin. Mutations in the LAMA3 gene cause JEB and LOC, both of them are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner with full penetrance. Approximately 85% of reported mutations are truncating mutations. A funder mutation c.152dupG (also referred as 151insG) in exon 39 was found in LOC syndrome in Punjabi population (McLean et al. Hum Mol Gene 12:2395-409, 2003). The c.1981C>T, p.Arg661X in exon 54 (also referred as Arg650X by McGrath et al. Nat Genet 11:83, 1995) was mostly seen in Pakistani JEB patients.

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

Detection rate should be high in biopsy confirmed JEB patients with either reduced or absent Laminin5 expression, who have no mutations in LAMB3 or LAMC2 genes.

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the LAMA3 gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Individuals with clinical features consistent with H-JEB, Non-Herlitz JEB and LOC. Individuals diagnosed with skin biopsy showing absent or reduced Laminin5 expression are preferred. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in LAMA3.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
LAMA3 600805
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

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  • Fine et al. (2008). "The classification of inherited epidermolysis bullosa (EB): Report of the Third International Consensus Meeting on Diagnosis and Classification of EB." J Am Acad Derm 58(6):931-950. PubMed ID: 18374450
  • Intong and Murrell. (2012). "Inherited epidermolysis bullosa: new diagnostic criteria and classification." Clin Dermatol 30(1):70-77. PubMed ID: 22137229
  • Kiritsi et al. Molecular mechanisms of phenotypic variability in junctional epidermolysis bullosa. J Med Genet 48(7):450-457, 2011. PubMed ID: 21357940
  • Laimer et al. Herlitz junctional epidermolysis bullosa. Dermatol Clin 28(1):55-60, 2010. PubMed ID: 19945616
  • McGrath et al. Mutations in the 180-kD bullous pemphigoid antigen (BPAG2), a hemidesmosomal transmembrane collagen (COL17A1), in generalized atrophic benign epidermolysis bullosa. Nat Genet 11(1):83-86, 1995. PubMed ID: 7550320
  • McLean et al. An unusual N-terminal deletion of the laminin alpha3a isoform leads to the chronic granulation tissue disorder laryngo-onycho-cutaneous syndrome. Hum Mol Gene 12(18):2395-409, 2003. PubMed ID: 12915477
  • Pfendner et al. Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa. GeneReviews, 2008 PubMed ID: 20301304


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