The ARHGEF9 gene (Xq22.1) is one of five genes known to be associated with HPX. It shows X-linked inheritance. Harvey et al. (2004) identified one individual with a mutation (p.G55A) in the ARHGEF9 gene from a cohort of 32 patients with HPX without mutations in the GLRA1 or GLRB2 genes. This mutation was not seen in 200 unrelated Caucasian control chromosomes. This individual was reported to have seizures as well and thus, mutations in the ARHGEF9 gene are found in patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE8).
For patients with suspected HPX, sequence analysis is recommended as the first step in mutation identification. For patients in whom mutations are not identified by full gene sequencing, deletion/duplication analysis is appropriate.
- Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of ARHGEF9-Related HPX.
- Carrier testing in adults with a family history of ARHGEF9-Related HPX.
Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood
Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:In EDTA (purple top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
Specimen Requirements:OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through EGL) used according to manufacturer instructions.
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
- Deletion/duplication analysis of the ARHGEF9 gene by CGH array is available for those individuals in whom sequence analysis is negative.
- Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis.
- Prenatal testing is available only for known familial mutations to individuals who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.
- X-Linked Intellectual Disability panels are available for 30, 60, and 90 genes.