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Rapsyn-Related Disorders via the RAPSN Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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RAPSN 81479 81479,81479 $990
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7801RAPSN81479 81479,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

Testing run on PG-select capture probes includes CNV analysis for the gene(s) on the panel but does not permit the optional add on of exome-wide CNV analysis. Any of the NGS platforms allow reflex to other clinically relevant genes, up to whole exome or whole genome sequencing depending upon the base platform selected for the initial test.

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

This test is also offered via a custom panel (click here) on our exome or genome backbone which permits the optional add on of exome-wide CNV or genome-wide SV analysis.

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


  • Angela Gruber, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are disorders of the neuromuscular junction resulting from defects in presynaptic, synaptic, or postsynaptic proteins. Postsynaptic congenital myasthenic syndromes (OMIM 608931) can result from a deficiency or kinetic abnormality of the acetylcholine receptor. The protein rapsyn is encoded by RAPSN (OMIM 601592) and acts as a link connecting the acetylcholine receptor to the cytoskeleton-anchored dystrophin-glycoprotein complex at the neuromuscular junction, thereby stabilizing acetylcholine receptor clustering (Apel et al. Neuron 15:115-126, 1995). Clinical symptoms of postsynaptic CMS include weakness of ocular, bulbar, and limb muscles. Manifestations in the newborn period include respiratory insufficiency, poor suck and cry, feeding difficulty with choking, and facial weakness including ptosis (Abicht and Lochmüller. GeneReviews, 2006). Patients with onset in childhood show exercise-induced weakness with difficulty climbing stairs or running (Abicht and Lochmüller. GeneReviews, 2006). Fetal akinesia deformation sequence (FADS, Pena-Shokeir syndrome, type I; OMIM 208150) is characterized by prenatal-onset growth deficiency; multiple joint contractures; facial anomalies including low set and malformed ears, hypertelorism, and micrognathia; hypoplastic dermal ridges; and pulmonary hypoplasia. In some cases FADS is caused by variants in RAPSN (Vogt et al. Am J Hum Genet 82:222-227, 2008; Michalk et al. Am J Hum Genet 82:464-476, 2008).


Congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) and fetal akinesia deformation sequence due to RAPSN gene variants are inherited as autosomal recessive disorders. One variant, p.Asn88Lys in exon 2, has been found repeatedly in CMS patients of European ancestry (Müller et al. J Med Genet 41:e104, 2004; Dunne and Maselli J Hum Genet 49:366-369, 2004). It should be noted that European CMS patients with RAPSN variants other than p.Asn88Lys have also been reported (Müller et al. Neurology 67: 1159-1164, 2006). A milder clinical course has been seen in patients homozygous for the common variant (Dunne and Maselli J Hum Genet 48:204-207, 2003). A founder variant of the RAPSN promoter occurs in Near-Eastern Jews and results in prognathism, malocclusion, high arched palate, and crowded teeth (Ohno et al. Hum Mol Genet 12:739-748, 2003).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

RAPSN may account for ~20% of all CMS (Abicht and Lochmüller GeneReviews, 2006). FADS has multiple etiologies and RAPSN variants are likely a rare cause.

Testing Strategy

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

Indications for Test

Individuals with a typical pattern of muscle weakness, decreased EMG signals with compound muscle action potential, and negative anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies in serum and individuals with fetal akinesia sequence and autosomal recessive inheritance. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in RAPSN.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
RAPSN 601592
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

Related Tests

Familial Limb Girdle Myasthenia Syndrome via the DOK7 Gene
Fetal Akinesia Deformation Sequence (FADS)/Lethal Multiple Pterygium Syndrome Panel


  • Angela Abicht, Hanns Lochm?ller (2006). "Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes."
  • Apel, E. D., et.al. (1995). "Rapsyn may function as a link between the acetylcholine receptor and the agrin-binding dystrophin-associated glycoprotein complex." Neuron 15(1): 115-26. PubMed ID: 7619516
  • Dunne, V., Maselli, R. A. (2003). "Identification of pathogenic mutations in the human rapsyn gene." J Hum Genet 48(4): 204-7. PubMed ID: 12730725
  • Dunne, V., Maselli, R. A. (2004). "Common founder effect of rapsyn N88K studied using intragenic markers." J Hum Genet 49(7): 366-9. PubMed ID: 15252722
  • Michalk, A., et.al. (2008). "Acetylcholine receptor pathway mutations explain various fetal akinesia deformation sequence disorders." Am J Hum Genet 82(2): 464-76. PubMed ID: 18252226
  • Muller, J. S., et.al. (2004). "The congenital myasthenic syndrome mutation RAPSN N88K derives from an ancient Indo-European founder." J Med Genet 41(8): e104. PubMed ID: 15286164
  • Muller, J. S., et.al. (2006). "Impaired receptor clustering in congenital myasthenic syndrome with novel RAPSN mutations." Neurology 67(7): 1159-64. PubMed ID: 16931511
  • Ohno, K., et.al. (2003). "E-box mutations in the RAPSN promoter region in eight cases with congenital myasthenic syndrome." Hum Mol Genet 12(7): 739-48. PubMed ID: 12651869
  • Vogt, J., et.al. (2008). "Mutation analysis of CHRNA1, CHRNB1, CHRND, and RAPSN genes in multiple pterygium syndrome/fetal akinesia patients." Am J Hum Genet 82(1): 222-7. PubMed ID: 18179903


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