Lecithin Cholesterol Acyltransferase Deficiency

Lecithin Cholesterol Acyltransferase Deficiency
Sequencing of the LCAT gene

(full coding

Lab method: Sanger sequencing

TAT: 2-4 weeks

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

700 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 of at-risk family members
3. Genetic counseling

Lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with prevalence below 1:1,000,000. Mutations in both alleles of LCAT gene result in two autosomal recessive forms of LCAT deficiency, familial LCAT deficiency (FLD), and fish eye disease (FED). Patients with LCAT have extremely low plasma levels of HDL cholesterol; plasma LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels are widely variable. Many manifestations of the disorder, including corneal opacities, anemia, and renal disease may be developed by early adulthood.

Patients with FLD suffer from a complete lack of LCAT activity, whereas patients with FED have a partial reduction in LCAT activity.

The role of LCAT in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis has been controversial based on the current research. Considering the low HDL cholesterol levels and often increased triglyceride levels, it is expected that carriers of LCAT mutations would be at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease. However, many patients do not show a clearly increased risk for developing clinically apparent disease.

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