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Ocular Albinism (OA1) via the GPR143 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Exome Sequencing with CNV Detection
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GPR143 81479 81479,81479 $990
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11363GPR14381479 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.

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).

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

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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

Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is an inherited disorder caused by deficiency in melanin synthesis that results in hypopigmentation of the skin, eyes, and hair (Gargiulo et al. 2011). To date, four types of non-syndromic OCA (type I-IV, based on gene involved) have been described, and their prevalence varies among different populations (Lewis 2013). The eye and optic system abnormalities that are common to all types of albinism are nystagmus, photophobia, strabismus, moderate to severe impairment of visual acuity, reduced iris pigment with iris translucency, reduced retinal pigment with visualization of the choroidal blood vessels on ophthalmoscopic examination, refractive errors and altered visual evoked potentials (VEP). The degree of skin and hair hypopigmentation varies with the type of OCA, but the ocular phenotype does not change (Lewis 2012).X-linked recessive ocular albinism type 1 (OA1) mainly effects pigment production in the eye (known as incomplete albinism) that results in foveal hypoplasia, reduced visual acuity and misrouting of the optic nerves in the affected individuals (Oetting 2002; Oetting and King 1999). Estimated prevalence of OA1 is 1:60 000 live-births (Rosenberg and Schwartz 1998). Female carriers have normal vision. However, they show a characteristic 'mud splattered' fundus appearance (Schiaffino and Tacchetti 2005).


Mutations in GPR143 cause X-linked recessive ocular albinism type 1. GPR143 is located on chromosome Xp22.32, and encodes an integral transmembrane glycoprotein that has weak structural and functional homology with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Unlike GPCRs, GPR143 is located in intracellular organelles, such as late endosomes/lysosomes and melanosomes and is involved in the regulation of melanosome biogenesis by intracellular signal transduction (Schiaffino and Tacchetti 2005; Palmisano et al. 2008). So far, over 100 causative sequence variations (missense, nonsense, splicing, small insertions and deletions) have been reported in this gene and gross deletions are also commonly reported (Human Gene Mutation Database; Schnur et al. 1998).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PGxome

A mutation screening of 29 unrelated North American and Australian X-linked ocular albinism (OA) probands, detected GPR143 mutations in approximately 90% of the probands. Over 40% 0f the probands had gross deletions in this gene (Schnur et al. 1998). A molecular screening of the TYR, OCA2, TYRP1, SLC45A2 genes in 121 unrelated non-Hispanic/Latino White OCA patients identified mutations in TYR (69%), OCA2 (18%), SLC45A2 (6%), and no apparent pathological mutations in 7% of patients (Hutton and Spritz 2008). These results indicate the heterogeneity of this disorder. Another study in Chinese OCA patients identified mutations in TYR (36%), OCA2 (25%), TYRP1(2%), SLC45A2 (11%) and GPR143 (6%) (Morice-Picard et al. 2014).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the GPR143 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

All patients with symptoms suggestive of Oculocutaneous albinism are candidates.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
GPR143 300808
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


  • Gargiulo A, Testa F, Rossi S, Iorio V Di, Fecarotta S, Berardinis T de, Iovine A, Magli A, Signorini S, Fazzi E. 2011. Molecular and clinical characterization of albinism in a large cohort of Italian patients. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 52: 1281–1289. PubMed ID: 20861488
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Hutton SM, Spritz RA. 2008. Comprehensive Analysis of Oculocutaneous Albinism among Non-Hispanic Caucasians Shows that OCA1 Is the Most Prevalent OCA Type. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 128: 2442–2450. PubMed ID: 18463683
  • Lewis RA. 2012. Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2. 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: 20301410
  • Lewis RA. 2013. Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 1. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301345
  • Morice-Picard F, Lasseaux E, François S, Simon D, Rooryck C, Bieth E, Colin E, Bonneau D, Journel H, Walraedt S, Leroy BP, Meire F, Lacombe D, Arveiler B. 2014. SLC24A5 Mutations Are Associated with Non-Syndromic Oculocutaneous Albinism. J Invest Dermatol 134: 568–571. PubMed ID: 23985994
  • Oetting WS, King RA. 1999. Molecular basis of albinism: mutations and polymorphisms of pigmentation genes associated with albinism. Hum. Mutat. 13: 99–115. PubMed ID: 10094567
  • Oetting WS. 2002. New insights into ocular albinism type 1 (OA1): Mutations and polymorphisms of the OA1 gene. Human Mutation 19: 85–92. PubMed ID: 11793467
  • Palmisano I, Bagnato P, Palmigiano A, Innamorati G, Rotondo G, Altimare D, Venturi C, Sviderskaya EV, Piccirillo R, Coppola M, Marigo V, Incerti B, et al. 2008. The ocular albinism type 1 protein, an intracellular G protein-coupled receptor, regulates melanosome transport in pigment cells. Human Molecular Genetics 17: 3487–3501. PubMed ID: 18697795
  • Rosenberg T, Schwartz M. 1998. X-linked ocular albinism: prevalence and mutations-a national study. European Journal of Human Genetics 6: 570–577. PubMed ID: 9887374
  • Schiaffino MV, Tacchetti C. 2005. The ocular albinism type 1 (OA1) protein and the evidence for an intracellular signal transduction system involved in melanosome biogenesis: OA1 and signal transduction at internal membranes. Pigment Cell Research 18: 227–233. PubMed ID: 16029416
  • Schnur RE, Gao M, Wick PA, Keller M, Benke PJ, Edwards MJ, Grix AW, Hockey A, Jung JH, Kidd KK, others. 1998. OA1 mutations and deletions in X-linked ocular albinism. The American Journal of Human Genetics 62: 800–809. PubMed ID: 9529334


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