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Leber Congenital Amaurosis 13 (LCA13), Retinitis Pigmentosa 53 (RP53) and Early Onset Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CORD) via the RDH12 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
Test Code Test Copy GenesTest CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Codes Base Price
7803 RDH12 81479 81479,81479 $640 Order Options and Pricing
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7803RDH1281479 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

18 days on average for standard orders or 13 days on average for STAT orders.

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Genetic Counselors


  • Dana Talsness, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Leber Congenital Amaurosis 13, Retinitis Pigmentosa 53 (LCA13 or RP53, OMIM 612712) and EarlyOnset Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CORD) are characterized by severe yet progressive rod-cone dystrophy with severe macular atrophy and absent or mild hyperopia, with some degree of phenotypic variability. Affected individuals show typical bone spicule-type pigment deposits, attenuation of the retinal arterioles, and pale appearance of the optic disc during funduscopic examination (Benayoun L et al. Am J Med Genet 149A: 650-656, 2009). LCA affects 3 per 100,000 newborn babies worldwide and has been described in various ethnic groups. Patients with LCA represent ~ 5% of all retinal dystrophies (Perrault I et al. Mol Genet Metab 68(2): 200-2088, 1999).


LCA represents the most common genetic cause of congenital visual impairments in infants and adolescents. It is usually inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, although in several families LCA is transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait (Rivolta et al. Hum Mutat 18(6): 488-498, 2001). Sporadic patients with LCA were also reported (Hanein et al. Hum Mutat 23(4): 306-317, 2004). LCA is genetically and clinically heterogeneous. Currently, mutations in seventeen genes account for ~70% of all cases (den Hollander et al. Prog Retin Eye Res 27(4): 391-419, 2008; Weleber et al. GeneReviews, 2013). The phenotype of LCA patients with RDH12 mutations may be distinguished by a progressive course and absent or mild hyperopia, suggesting a possible genotype-phenotype correlation (Perrault et al. Am J Hum Genet 75(4): 639-646, 2004). The RDH12 gene encodes a retinol dehydrogenase. Unlike RPE65, RDH12 is predominantly expressed in photoreceptor cells and might play a major role in the formation of 11-cis retinaldehyde during regeneration of cone visual pigments (Haeseleer et al. Nat Neurosci 7(10):1079-1087, 2004). Over 60 different RDH12 mutations have been reported to date. They include missense, nonsense, splicing, and small deletions and insertions. Both homozygous and compound heterozygous mutations have been reported. A novel mutation in RDH12 was documented as causative for autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP), characterized by a late onset and relatively mild severity, which is dramatically significant from other diseases associated with this gene. Approximately 14 genes have been associated with ADRP and RDH12 is considered the top candidate (Fingert et al. Arch Ophthalmol 126(9): 1301-1307, 2008).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

This test allows the detection of mutations in ~ 4% of patients with LCA (Perrault I et al. Am J Hum Genet 75(4): 639-646, 2004).

One gross deletion has been reported in RDH12 thus far (Neveling K et al. Hum Mutat 33(6):963-972, 2012).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the RDH12 gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

LCA, congenital severe yet progressive cone-rod dystrophy and ADRP patients are candidates. Family members of patients with known RDH12 mutations are also candidates. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in RDH12.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
RDH12 608830
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Leber Congenital Amaurosis 13 AR 612712

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  • Benayoun L. et al. (2009). "Genetic heterogeneity in two consanguineous families segregating early onset retinal degeneration: the pitfalls of homozygosity mapping." Am J Med Genet 149A: 650-656. PubMed ID: 19140180
  • den Hollander AI, Roepman R, Koenekoop RK, Cremers FPM. 2008. Leber congenital amaurosis: genes, proteins and disease mechanisms. Prog Retin Eye Res 27: 391–419. PubMed ID: 18632300
  • Fingert, J. H., et.al. (2008). "Association of a novel mutation in the retinol dehydrogenase 12 (RDH12) gene with autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa." Arch Ophthalmol 126(9): 1301-1307. PubMed ID: 18779497
  • Haeseleer F, Imanishi Y, Maeda T, Possin DE, Maeda A, Lee A, Rieke F, Palczewski K. 2004. Essential role of Ca2+-binding protein 4, a Cav1.4 channel regulator, in photoreceptor synaptic function. Nat Neurosci. 7:1079-1087. PubMed ID: 15452577
  • Hanein, S., et.al. (2004). "Leber congenital amaurosis: comprehensive survey of the genetic heterogeneity, refinement of the clinical definition, and genotype-phenotype correlations as a strategy for molecular diagnosis." Hum Mutat 23(4): 306-317. PubMed ID: 15024725
  • Neveling K et al. (2012). "Next-generation genetic testing for retinitis pigmentosa." Hum Mutat 33(6):963-972. PubMed ID: 22334370
  • Perrault I. et al. (1999). "Leber congenital amaurosis." Mol Genet Metab 68(2): 200-208. PubMed ID: 10527670
  • Perrault I. et.al. (2004). "Retinal dehydrogenase 12 (RDH12) mutations in leber congenital amaurosis." Am J Hum Genet 75(4): 639-646. PubMed ID: 15322982
  • Rivolta, C. et.al. (2001). "Dominant Leber congenital amaurosis, cone-rod degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa caused by mutant versions of the transcription factor CRX." Hum Mutat 18(6): 488-498. PubMed ID: 11748842
  • Weleber RG, Francis PJ, Trzupek KM, Beattie C. 2013. Leber Congenital Amaurosis. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301475


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