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Male Infertility with Globozoospermia via the PICK1 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Exome Sequencing with CNV Detection
Test Code Test Copy GenesTest CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Codes Base Price
PICK1 81479 81479,81479 $990
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8243PICK181479 81479,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

Our favored testing approach is exome based NextGen sequencing with CNV analysis. This will allow cost effective reflexing to PGxome or other exome based tests. However, if full gene Sanger sequencing is desired for STAT turnaround time, insurance, or other reasons, please see link below for Test Code, pricing, and turnaround time information. If the Sanger option is selected, CNV detection may be ordered through Test #600.

An additional 25% charge will be applied to STAT orders. STAT orders are prioritized throughout the testing process.

Click here for costs to reflex to whole PGxome (if original test is on PGxome Sequencing platform).

Click here for costs to reflex to whole PGnome (if original test is on PGnome Sequencing platform).

The Sanger Sequencing method for this test is NY State approved.

For Sanger Sequencing click here.

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


  • Fang Xu, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Male infertility is a reproductive disorder affecting 10-20% of couples worldwide. Common causes of male infertility include little or no sperm in the semen (azoospermia and oligozoospermia), low sperm motility (asthenozoospermia) and abnormal sperm morphology (teratozoospermia) (Cooke and Saunders. 2002. PubMed ID: 12360237). Globozoospermia is a rarer form of teratozoospermia characterized by round-headed spermatozoa with acrosome malformation or without an acrosome. Globozoospermia accounts for less than 0.1% of male infertile patients (Dam et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17008355). While intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has been used to treat these patients, the pregnancy rate per transfer is low due to a reduced ability to activate the oocyte (Achard et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17412686).


PICK1-related globozoospermia is an autosomal recessive disorder (Liu et al. 2010. PubMed ID: 20562896). The PICK1 gene has 12 coding exons that encode a protein interacting with protein kinase C, alpha (PRKCA). Genetic defects of PICK1 to date have been only found in one Chinese family with globozoospermia type I, and involve a missense pathogenic variant p.Glu198Ala (Liu et al. 2010. PubMed ID: 20562896).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PGxome

A PICK1 pathogenic variant has been only identified in only one family with globozoospermia (Liu et al. 2010. PubMed ID: 20562896).

To date, no gross deletions or duplications involving PICK1 have been reported (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the PICK1 gene plus 10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA in all available transcripts along with other non-coding regions in which pathogenic variants have been identified at PreventionGenetics or reported elsewhere. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing. PGnome panels typically provide slightly increased coverage over the PGxome equivalent. PGnome sequencing panels have the added benefit of additional analysis and reporting of deep intronic regions (where applicable).

Dependent on the sequencing backbone selected for this testing, discounted reflex testing to any other similar backbone-based test is available (i.e., PGxome panel to whole PGxome; PGnome panel to whole PGnome).

Indications for Test

Candidates for this test are patients with globozoospermia. Testing is also indicated for family members of patients who have known pathogenic variants in the PICK1 gene. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in PICK1.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
PICK1 605926
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID

Related Test

Globozoospermia via the SPATA16 Gene


  • Achard et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17412686
  • Cooke and Saunders. 2002. PubMed ID: 12360237
  • Dam et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17008355
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Liu et al. 2010. PubMed ID: 20562896


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.
  • Once the test has been added log in to myPrevent to fill out an online requisition form.
  • PGnome sequencing panels can be ordered via the myPrevent portal only at this time.

Requisition Form

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

For Requisition Forms, visit our Forms page

If ordering a Duo or Trio test, the proband and all comparator samples are required to initiate testing. If we do not receive all required samples for the test ordered within 21 days, we will convert the order to the most effective testing strategy with the samples available. Prior authorization and/or billing in place may be impacted by a change in test code.

Specimen Types

Specimen Requirements and Shipping Details

PGxome (Exome) Sequencing Panel

PGnome (Genome) Sequencing Panel

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