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Spastic Paraplegia 11 via the SPG11 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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15299 SPG11 81407 81407,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing
Test Code Test Copy Genes Test CPT Code Gene CPT Codes Copy CPT Code Base Price
15299SPG1181407 81407,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

This test is also offered via our exome backbone with CNV detection (click here). The exome-based test may be higher priced, but permits reflex to the entire exome or to any other set of clinically relevant genes.

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

Testing run on PG-Select capture probes does not include exome-wide CNV analysis. Reflex is available to PGxome or an exome-based panel, or you can use this gene list to create a custom panel (click here).

Click here for costs to reflex to whole PGxome.

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


  • Greg Fischer, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Spastic paraplegia 11 (SPG11) is a type of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) and is characterized by progressive spasticity and weakness of the lower limbs (Stevanin et al. 2008a). Most SPG11 cases are complex, i.e., the spastic paraparesis are associated with other features, such as cognitive impairments, thin corpus callosum (TCC), white and grey matter abnormalities (Stevanin et al. 2008b; Franca et al. 2012). Onset is typically early (age 1-31 years) and most SPG11 patients become wheelchair users 10-20 years after disease onset (Stevanin et al. 2008a).

Although cognitive impairments and TCC serve as phenotype predictors of SPG11, these features may also be present in other HSP patients with a different genetic basis. In addition, pathogenic variants in SPG11 can also cause Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2X (Montecchiani et al. 2016) and juvenile Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis type 5 (ALS5) (Orlacchio et al. 2010), different neurological disorders with overlapping features. Molecular genetic testing is very useful in a precise diagnosis of this type of disease.


SPG11 is inherited as an autosomal recessive (AR) disorder and it is known to be the most common type of AR-HSP. SPG11 (also known as KIAA1840) is the only gene in which pathogenic variants cause SPG11 (Stevanin et al. 2007). The SPG11 gene encodes spatacsin (for spasticity with thin or atrophied corpus callosum syndrome protein), a protein expressed throughout the nervous system. The function of spatacsin is not well understood, but a recent study suggests that it may play roles in axonal maintenance and intracellular protein trafficking (Perez-Branguli et al. 2014). To date, with the exception of a few (<10) missense variants reported, all the identified pathogenic variants (>150) in SPG11 are either nonsense or deletions/duplications leading to a frameshift, strongly suggesting a loss-of-function mechanism (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

SPG11 accounts for approximately 21% of all autosomal recessive (AR) hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) (Stevanin et al. 2008b). For patients with early-onset and cognitive impairments associated with thin corpus callosum (TCC), pathogenic variants in SPG11 may account for up to 59% of cases (Stevanin et al. 2008b; Denora et al. 2009).

Testing Strategy

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

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the SPG11 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.

Indications for Test

Candidates for this test are patients showing features consistent with AR-HSP and family members of patients who have known SPG11-HSP mutations. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in SPG11.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
SPG11 610844
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Spastic Paraplegia 11 AR 604360


  • Denora P.S. et al. 2009. Human Mutation. 30: E500-19. PubMed ID: 19105190
  • França M.C. Jr. et al. 2012. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 83: 828-33. PubMed ID: 22696581
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD).
  • Montecchiani C. et al. 2016. Brain : a Journal of Neurology. 139: 73-85. PubMed ID: 26556829
  • Orlacchio A. et al. 2010. Brain : a Journal of Neurology. 133: 591-8. PubMed ID: 20110243
  • Pérez-Brangulí F. et al. 2014. Human Molecular Genetics. 23: 4859-74. PubMed ID: 24794856
  • Stevanin G et al. 2008a. Spastic Paraplegic 11. 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: 20301389
  • Stevanin G. et al. 2007. Nature Genetics. 39: 366-72. PubMed ID: 17322883
  • Stevanin G. et al. 2008b. Brain : a Journal of Neurology. 131: 772-84. PubMed ID: 18079167


Ordering Options

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myPrevent - Online Ordering

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