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Krabbe Disease via the GALC Exons 11-17 (502T/Del)

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Targeted Deletion Testing via PCR
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GALC 81401 81401 $350
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632GALC81401 81401 $350 Order Options and Pricing

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Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Krabbe disease or globoid cell leukodystrophy (OMIM 245200) results from deficiency of galactocerebrosidase, a lysosomal enzyme involved in the metabolism of galactosylceramide. Galactosylceramide is a component of the myelin sheath, and with deficient galactocerebrosidase activity, this complex lipid is known to accumulate in globoid cells. Accompanying the appearance of globoid cells is loss of myelin and associated progressive neurological deterioration leading to death (Wenger et al. in Scriver et al. Metabolic and molecular bases of inherited disease, 3669-3694, 2001). Most cases present in early infancy with nonspecific signs such as irritability and delays in reaching developmental milestones. The clinical course is rapid, spanning 1 to 3 years and includes hypersensitivity to external stimuli, hypertonicity, motor and mental deterioration, blindness, and deafness. Less commonly the disease presents later in life with neurological signs including weakness, vision loss, and mental changes (Satoh et al. Neurol 49:1392-1399, 1997; Kolodny et al. Dev Neurosci 13:232-239, 1991). Disease progression in later-onset cases is typically protracted although an initial rapid deterioration is common (Loonen et al. Neuropediatrics 16:137-142, 1985).


Krabbe disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Intrafamilial variability of the clinical symptoms occurs. Over 50 GALC variants, mostly missense, have been reported. The most common variant in patients of European descent, however, is a large deletion encompassing exons 11 through 17 of GALC (Luzi et al. Hum Mol Genet 4:2335-2338, 1995; Rafi et al. Hum Mol Genet 4:1285-1289, 1995). This deletion (referred to as 502T/del) accounts for approximately 50% of all disease alleles in northern European patients (Kleijer et al. J Inherit Metab Dis 20:587-594, 1997), and is similarly common in patients from the USA, including those with Mexican ancestry (Wenger, Krabbe Disease, GeneReviews, 2007). Late-onset cases frequently have at least one copy of the c.809G>A (p.Gly270Asp) variant (Kolodny et al. Am J Hum Genet 57:A217, 1995).Galactocerebrosidase is coded by exons 1-17 of the GALC gene on chromosome 14q31.

Clinical Sensitivity - Targeted Deletion

Diminished galactocerebrosidase activity due to GALC variants is the only cause of Krabbe disease and late-onset globoid cell leukodystrophy. Analytical sensitivity for deletion testing and sequence analysis should be high in cases with demonstrated enzyme deficiency. The exon 11-17 deletion accounts for approximately half of all disease alleles.

Testing Strategy

Testing involves determination of the 502T/del status as described by Luzi et al. (Hum Mol Genet 4:2335-2338, 1995). A separate test is available to evaluate the entire GALC coding region by direct sequence analysis (see Test #7883 NGS GALC).

Indications for Test

In vitro galactocerebrosidase enzyme activity in patient leukocytes that is <5% of normal values; infantile onset progressive neurological deterioration; cerebral atrophy.Note that enzyme measurement is not suitable to determine carrier status.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
GALC 606890
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Galactosylceramide Beta-Galactosidase Deficiency AR 245200


  • David A Wenger (2008). "Krabbe Disease." PubMed ID: 20301416
  • EH Kolodny, et.al. (1995). "Molecular genetics of late-onset Krabbe disease." Posters: Molecular Etiology of Disease A217.
  • Kleijer, W. J., et.al. (1997). "Prevalent mutations in the GALC gene of patients with Krabbe disease of Dutch and other European origin." J Inherit Metab Dis 20(4): 587-94. PubMed ID: 9266397
  • Kolodny, E. H., et.al. (1991). "Late-onset Krabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy): clinical and biochemical features of 15 cases." Dev Neurosci 13(4-5): 232-9. PubMed ID: 1817026
  • Loonen, M. C., et.al. (1985). "Late-onset globoid cell leucodystrophy (Krabbe PubMed ID: 4047347
  • Luzi, P., et.al. (1995). "Characterization of the large deletion in the GALC gene found in patients with Krabbe disease." Hum Mol Genet 4(12): 2335-8. PubMed ID: 8634707
  • Rafi, M. A., et.al. (1995). "A large deletion together with a point mutation in the GALC gene is a common mutant allele in patients with infantile Krabbe disease." Hum Mol Genet 4(8): 1285-9. PubMed ID: 7581365
  • Satoh, J. I., et.al. (1997). "Adult-onset Krabbe disease with homozygous T1853C mutation in the galactocerebrosidase gene. Unusual MRI findings of corticospinal tract demyelination." Neurology 49(5): 1392-9. PubMed ID: 9371928
  • Wenger et al. In: The Metabolic and Molecular Basis of Inherited Disease - 8th edition (edited by C.R. Scriver et al.) New York: McGraw-Hill.  2:3669-3694.


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