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Spastic Ataxia with Optic Atrophy (SPAX4) via the MTPAP 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
11475 MTPAP 81479 81479,81479 $890 Order Options and Pricing
Test Code Test Copy Genes Test CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Code Base Price
11475MTPAP81479 81479,81479 $890 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 backbone).

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

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Turnaround Time

18 days on average for standard orders or 13 days 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

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Genetic Counselors

Geneticist

  • Dana Talsness, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

MTPAP-associated spastic ataxia (SPAX4) is an early childhood onset and slowly progressive autosomal-recessive neurodegenerative disorder. Clinical features include cerebellar ataxia (limb and truncal), spastic paraparesis (increased lower limb tone with brisk knee jerks and extensor plantars, but no weakness), dysarthria (mixture of cerebellar and spastic), optic atrophy, delayed speech and walking, learning difficulties and emotional liability (Crosby et al. 2010).Optic Atrophy (OA) is the most prevalent inherited optic neuropathy besides Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON). Both share a common pathological hallmark, the preferential loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) (Carelli et al. 2009; Yu-Wai-Man et al. 2010). OA is clinically characterized by bilateral reduction in visual acuity that progresses insidiously from early childhood (Yu-Wai-Man et al. 2011). Other symptoms include central or near central scotomas, tritanopia, variable degree of ptosis, central visual field defects and/or ophthalmalgia and optic nerve pallor. The most common OA is inherited in an autosomal dominant (AD) mode (DOA). Phenotype-genotype studies found that 20% of DOA patients develop a more severe phenotype called “DOA plus” (DOA+), which is characterized by extraocular multi-systemic features, including neurosensory hearing loss, or less commonly chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, myopathy, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis-like illness, spastic paraplegia or cataracts (Yu-Wai-Man et al. 2010; Amati-Bonneau et al. 2009). Disease prevalence is estimated at ~1/30,000 in most populations in the world, but in Denmark it can reach to 1/10,000 due to a founder effect (Kjer et al. 1996; Thiselton et al. 2001; Lenaers et al. 2012).

Genetics

Mutations in MTPAP are involved in spastic ataxia with optic atrophy (SPAX4) and exhibit autosomal recessive inheritance. MTPAP encodes the enzyme mitochondrial poly-A-polymerase which is localized to the mitochondrial compartment (Tomecki 2004). So far, only one MTPAP mutation (c.1432A>G p.Asn478Asp) has been reported to be causative (Crosby et al. 2010; Human Gene Mutation Database). In vitro analysis of the fibroblast cell lines established from affected individuals showed that the homozygous mutation resulted in a profound depletion of complexes I and IV of the respiratory chain (Wilson et al. 2014).Although heterogeneous, the majority of suspected hereditary optic neuropathy patients (>60%) harbor pathogenic mutations within OPA1, and ~3% have OPA3 mutations (Ferre et al. 2009). Optic nerve degeneration or optic atrophy is present in many disorders where mitochondrial impairment is the underlying cause for the RGC pathophysiology (Yu-Wai-Man et al. 2011). Examples are Wolfram’s syndrome, Mohr-Tranebjaerg syndrome or other neuropathies associated with neurological diseases such as spinocerebellar ataxias, Friedreich’s syndrome, Charcot Marie-Tooth type 2 and 6, and Deafness-Dystonia-Optic Neuropathy syndromes (Lenaers et al. 2012).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PGxome

Predicting clinical sensitivity for the MTPAP gene is challenging due to genetic heterogeneity of optic atrophy. However, the only reported mutation in this gene is detectable by sequencing. No gross deletions have been reported so far (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Testing Strategy

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

Patients with symptoms suggestive of spastic ataxia with optic atrophy are candidates. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in MTPAP.

Gene

Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
MTPAP 613669
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

Disease

Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Spastic Ataxia 4, Autosomal Recessive AR 613672

Citations

  • Amati-Bonneau P, Milea D, Bonneau D, Chevrollier A, Ferré M, Guillet V, Gueguen N, Loiseau D, Crescenzo M-AP de, Verny C, Procaccio V, Lenaers G, et al. 2009. OPA1-associated disorders: phenotypes and pathophysiology. Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol. 41: 1855–1865. PubMed ID: 19389487
  • Carelli V, Morgia C La, Valentino ML, Barboni P, Ross-Cisneros FN, Sadun AA. 2009. Retinal ganglion cell neurodegeneration in mitochondrial inherited disorders. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1787: 518–528. PubMed ID: 19268652
  • Crosby AH, Patel H, Chioza BA, Proukakis C, Gurtz K, Patton MA, Sharifi R, Harlalka G, Simpson MA, Dick K, Reed JA, Al-Memar A, et al. 2010. Defective Mitochondrial mRNA Maturation Is Associated with Spastic Ataxia. The American Journal of Human Genetics 87: 655–660. PubMed ID: 20970105
  • Ferré M, Bonneau D, Milea D, Chevrollier A, Verny C, Dollfus H, Ayuso C, Defoort S, Vignal C, Zanlonghi X, Charlin J-F, Kaplan J, et al. 2009. Molecular screening of 980 cases of suspected hereditary optic neuropathy with a report on 77 novel OPA1 mutations. Human Mutation 30: E692–E705. PubMed ID: 19319978
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Kjer B, Eiberg H, Kjer P, Rosenberg T. 1996. Dominant optic atrophy mapped to chromosome 3q region. II. Clinical and epidemiological aspects. Acta Ophthalmol Scand 74: 3–7. PubMed ID: 8689476
  • Lenaers G, Hamel C, Delettre C, Amati-Bonneau P, Procaccio V, Bonneau D, Reynier P, Milea D. 2012. Dominant optic atrophy. Orphanet J Rare Dis 7: 46–46. PubMed ID: 22776096
  • Thiselton DL, Alexander C, Morris A, Brooks S, Rosenberg T, Eiberg H, Kjer B, Kjer P, Bhattacharya SS, Votruba M. 2001. A frameshift mutation in exon 28 of the OPA1 gene explains the high prevalence of dominant optic atrophy in the Danish population: evidence for a founder effect. Human genetics 109: 498–502. PubMed ID: 11735024
  • Tomecki R. 2004. Identification of a novel human nuclear-encoded mitochondrial poly(A) polymerase. Nucleic Acids Research 32: 6001–6014. PubMed ID: 15547249
  • Wilson WC, Hornig-Do H-T, Bruni F, Chang JH, Jourdain AA, Martinou J-C, Falkenberg M, Spahr H, Larsson N-G, Lewis RJ, Hewitt L, Basle A, et al. 2014. A human mitochondrial poly(A) polymerase mutation reveals the complexities of post-transcriptional mitochondrial gene expression. Human Molecular Genetics. PubMed ID: 25008111
  • Yu-Wai-Man P, Griffiths PG, Burke A, Sellar PW, Clarke MP, Gnanaraj L, Ah-Kine D, Hudson G, Czermin B, Taylor RW, Horvath R, Chinnery PF. 2010. The Prevalence and Natural History of Dominant Optic Atrophy Due to OPA1 Mutations. Ophthalmology 117: 1538–1546.e1. PubMed ID: 20417570
  • Yu-Wai-Man P, Shankar SP, Biousse V, Miller NR, Bean LJH, Coffee B, Hegde M, Newman NJ. 2011. Genetic Screening for OPA1 and OPA3 Mutations in Patients with Suspected Inherited Optic Neuropathies. Ophthalmology 118: 558–563. PubMed ID: 21036400

Ordering/Specimens

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  • Billing information along with specimen and shipping instructions are within the requisition form.
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Specimen Types

Specimen Requirements and Shipping Details

PGxome (Exome) Sequencing Panel

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