Hyperlipoproteinemia, type 5
Sequencing of the APOA5 gene

(full coding

Lab method: Sanger sequencing

TAT: 2-4 weeks

Specimen requirements: 2-4 ml of blood with anticoagulant EDTA

500 ng DNA in TE, AE or pure sterile water at 100-250 ng/µl
The A260/A280 ratio should be 1.8-2.0. DNA sample should be run on an agarose gel as a single band, showing no degradation, alongside with a quantitative DNA marker.

Ordering information: Go to online ordering or download sample submission form

Indications for genetic testing:
1. Confirmation of clinical diagnosis
2. Testing at risk family members
3. Characteristic findings such as xanthomas
4. Genetic counseling

Hyperlipoproteinemia, type 5 (HLP5) is accompanied by an increase in VLDV (very low density lipoproteins) as well as chylomicrons and a decrease in LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) in the plasma after a fast. HLP5 includes a wide range of pathological conditions having both congenital and acquired aspects and exhibiting moderate to marked hypertriglyceridemia. Features include abdominal pain and eruptive xanthoma. Hyperlipidemia is frequently complicated by pancreatitis.

HLP5 can be caused by mutations in the APOA5 gene. The disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant or an autosomal recessive manner.


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