Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses: Sequencing Panel

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Condition Description

As a group, the neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses (NCL and also known as Batten disease) are progressive autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorders causing neurodegenerative disease. The clinical spectrum is characterized by vision loss, seizures, cognitive decline, motor decline, and early demise. The clinical spectrum can be divided into the following phenotypes based on age of onset and symptom presentation: infantile; late-infantile; juvenile; adult; and Northern epilepsy. Both genetic and allelic heterogeneity exist and current classifications are made using the gene and age at symptom presentation. The classic late infantile and juvenile forms are more common. The classic late infantile form (CLN2 disease) presents between two and four years of age with seizures and ataxia followed by cognitive and motor decline. Vision also deteriorates and a tapeto-retinal degeneration eventually causes blindness. The clinical course typically results in a life expectancy from six years to adolescence. In the classic juvenile form (CLN3 disease), the first clinical sign, typically evident between four and ten years of age, is retinitis pigmentosa resulting in decreased central vision and complete blindness eventually follows. Cognitive decline is apparent usually by age ten and insomnia is common with seizures following in subsequent years. Additionally, speech disturbances, a Parkinsonian-like gate, depression, agitation and hallucinations are some of the common clinical features. Worsening seizures are evident with disease progression and individuals may survive into their 30s.

Please note that the DNAJC5 gene, identified in adult onset autosomal dominant NCL, is not included in this NGS panel due to the presence of at least one pseudogene. For clinicians that suspect autosomal dominant NCL and would like DNAJC5 analysis in the event that all other genes test negative, we request that you contact the EGL directly.

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  • Daiger  et al. (1998) Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci  39:S295.
  • OMIM
  • GeneReviews
  • Emory and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 5th Edition

Genes (11)

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This test is indicated for:

  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of NCL.
  • Carrier testing in adults with a family history of NCL.


Next Generation Sequencing: In-solution hybridization of all coding exons is performed on the patient's genomic DNA. Although some deep intronic regions may also be analyzed, this assay is not meant to interrogate most promoter regions, deep intronic regions, or other regulatory elements, and does not detect single or multi-exon deletions or duplications. Direct sequencing of the captured regions is performed using next generation sequencing. The patient's gene sequences are then compared to a standard reference sequence. Potentially causative variants and areas of low coverage are Sanger-sequenced. Sequence variations are classified as pathogenic, likely pathogenic, benign, likely benign, or variants of unknown significance. Variants of unknown significance may require further studies of the patient and/or family members.


Clinical Sensitivity: Unknown. Pathogenic variants in the promoter region, some pathogenic variants in the introns and other regulatory element pathogenic variants cannot be detected by this analysis. Large deletions will not be detected by this analysis. Results of molecular analysis should be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.
Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%

Specimen Requirements

When sample fails to meet the acceptable criteria, please call 470.378.2200 and ask to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor (

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.

Type: Isolated DNA

Specimen Requirements:

In microtainer: 60 ug

Isolation using the QiagenTM Puregene kit for DNA extraction is recommended.

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment in 100 ng/ul of TE buffer. Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Special Instructions

Please include fundus photographs, electroretinogram (ERG) findings, visual field findings, and visual acuity, if available, for expert review and clinical correlation with test results.

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