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Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA) Panel

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Exome Sequencing with CNV Detection
Test Code Test Copy Genes Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Codes
10313 AP3D1 81479,81479 Order Options and Pricing
DCT 81479,81479
GPR143 81479,81479
HPS6 81479,81479
LRMDA 81479,81479
LYST 81479,81479
MC1R 81479,81479
MITF 81479,81479
MYO5A 81479,81479
OCA2 81479,81479
RAB27A 81479,81479
SLC24A5 81479,81479
SLC45A2 81479,81479
TYR 81404,81479
TYRP1 81479,81479
Test Code Test Copy Genes Panel CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Code Base Price
10313Genes x (15)81479 81404(x1), 81479(x29) $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

We are happy to accommodate requests for testing single genes in this panel or a subset of these genes. The price will remain the list price. If desired, free reflex testing to remaining genes on panel is available. Alternatively, a single gene or subset of genes can also be ordered via our Custom Panel tool.

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

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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.

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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 that are present at birth. If the phenotype is mainly restricted to the eyes and the optic system, it is referred to as ocular albinism (OA) (Gargiulo et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 20861488). The reduction or complete absence of melanin pigment in the developing eye leads to foveal hypoplasia and misrouting of the optic nerves in the affected individuals (Oetting and King. 1999. PubMed ID: 10094567). 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 (20/60 to 20/400), 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 (Grønskov et al. 2009. PubMed ID: 19060277). 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 with approximate overall incidence is one in 17,000 people have one of the types of albinism (Grønskov et al. 2009. PubMed ID: 19060277).


OCA is genetically heterogeneous and exhibits autosomal recessive (AR), and X-linked (XL) inheritance. So far, 13 genes have been implicated in different forms of OCA. All kinds of causative mutations (missense, nonsense, splicing, small as well as gross deletions and duplications, complex genomic rearrangements) have been reported in OCA (Human Gene Mutation Database). The major autosomal recessive (ar) nonsyndromic forms OCA I and II are caused by genetic variations in TYR and OCA2 genes, respectively. The other nonsyndromic ar forms OCA III and IV involve TYRP1 and SLC45A2 genes, respectively (Simeonov et al. 2013).

TYR encoded Tyrosinase and TYRP1 encoded tyrosinase-related protein catalyze the initial steps in melanin production. The P-protein encoded by OCA2 and the solute carrier 45 subunit A2 encoded by SLC45A2 are transporters localized in the melanosome membrane (Preising et al. 2011). Mutations in GPR143 are associated with X-linked ocular albinism. GPR143 encoded protein is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) and is involved in intracellular signal transduction system and in the regulation of melanosome biogenesis and growth (Schiaffino and Tacchetti 2005; Mayeur et al. 2006). Recently, mutations in two new genes, LRMDA and SLC24A5, were also associated with non-syndromic arOCA (Grønskov et al. 2013; Wei et al. 2013).

Clinical findings of hypopigmentation of the skin and hair, in addition to the characteristic ocular symptoms are present in many syndromic disorders. Examples are Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) (Schreyer-Shafir et al. 2006), Chediak Higashi Syndrome (CHS) (Kaya et al. 2011), Griscelli syndrome(GS) (Ménasché et al. 2000; Pastural et al. 1997) and Waardenburg syndrome(WS) (Morell et al. 1997). The causative mutations in HSP6, LYST, MYO5A, AP3D1 and RAB27A are associated with the syndromic forms of arOCA. MITF and MC1R have been reported to have a digenic inheritance with TYR and OCA2 (Morell et al. 1997; Preising et al. 2011).

See individual gene test descriptions for information on molecular biology of gene products.

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PGxome

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). Clinical sensitivity for other genes is currently unknown due to limited cases.

Gross deletions and duplications have been reported in TYR, OCA2, SLC45A2 and GPR143 genes. However, gross deletions in HPS6, LYST and RAB27A have not been associated with OCA (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Testing Strategy

This test is performed using Next-Gen sequencing with additional Sanger sequencing as necessary.

This panel typically provides 98.9% coverage of all coding exons of the genes 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 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).

This panel does not include the common OCA2 deletion common in African countries (see test #3738).

Indications for Test

All patients with symptoms suggestive of Oculocutaneous albinism are candidates.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
AP3D1 607246
DCT 191275
GPR143 300808
HPS6 607522
LRMDA 614537
LYST 606897
MC1R 155555
MITF 156845
MYO5A 160777
OCA2 611409
RAB27A 603868
SLC24A5 609802
SLC45A2 606202
TYR 606933
TYRP1 115501
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

Related Test



  • 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
  • Grønskov K, Dooley CM, Østergaard E, Kelsh RN, Hansen L, Levesque MP, Vilhelmsen K, Møllgård K, Stemple DL, Rosenberg T. 2013. Mutations in C10orf11, a Melanocyte-Differentiation Gene, Cause Autosomal-Recessive Albinism. The American Journal of Human Genetics 92: 415–421. PubMed ID: 23395477
  • 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
  • Kaya Z, Ehl S, Albayrak M, Maul-Pavicic A, Schwarz K, Kocak U, Ergun MA, Gursel T. 2011. A novel single point mutation of the LYST gene in two siblings with different phenotypic features of Chediak Higashi syndrome. Pediatr Blood Cancer 56: 1136–1139. PubMed ID: 21488161
  • 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
  • Mayeur H, Roche O, Vêtu C, Jaliffa C, Marchant D, Dollfus H, Bonneau D, Munier FL, Schorderet DF, Levin AV, others. 2006. Eight previously unidentified mutations found in the OA1 ocular albinism gene. BMC medical genetics 7: 41. PubMed ID: 16646960
  • Ménasché G, Pastural E, Feldmann J, Certain S, Ersoy F, Dupuis S, Wulffraat N, Bianchi D, Fischer A, Deist F Le, Saint Basile G de. 2000. Mutations in RAB27A cause Griscelli syndrome associated with haemophagocytic syndrome. Nat. Genet. 25: 173–176. PubMed ID: 10835631
  • Morell R, Spritz RA, Ho L, Pierpont J, Guo W, Friedman TB, Asher JH. 1997. Apparent digenic inheritance of Waardenburg syndrome type 2 (WS2) and autosomal recessive ocular albinism (AROA). Human molecular genetics 6: 659–664. PubMed ID: 9158138
  • 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
  • Pastural E, Barrat FJ, Dufourcq-Lagelouse R, Certain S, Sanal O, Jabado N, Seger R, Griscelli C, Fischer A, Saint Basile G de. 1997. Griscelli disease maps to chromosome 15q21 and is associated with mutations in the myosin-Va gene. Nat. Genet. 16: 289–292. PubMed ID: 9207796
  • Preising MN, Forster H, Gonser M, Lorenz B. 2011. Screening of TYR, OCA2, GPR143, and MC1R in patients with congenital nystagmus, macular hypoplasia, and fundus hypopigmentation indicating albinism. Molecular vision 17: 939. PubMed ID: 21541274
  • 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
  • Schreyer-Shafir N, Huizing M, Anikster Y, Nusinker Z, Bejarano-Achache I, Maftzir G, Resnik L, Helip-Wooley A, Westbroek W, Gradstein L, Rosenmann A, Blumenfeld A. 2006. A new genetic isolate with a unique phenotype of syndromic oculocutaneous albinism: clinical, molecular, and cellular characteristics. Hum. Mutat. 27: 1158. PubMed ID: 17041891
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