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Test ID: AGXTZ AGXT Gene, Full Gene Analysis, Varies

Useful For

Confirming a diagnosis of primary hyperoxaluria type 1


Carrier testing for individuals with a family history of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 in the absence of known mutations in the family

Method Name

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Followed by DNA Sequence Analysis and Gene Dosage Analysis by Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA)

Reporting Name

AGXT Gene, Full Gene Analysis

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Patient Preparation: A previous bone marrow transplant from an allogenic donor will interfere with testing. Call 800-533-1710 for instructions for testing patients who have received a bone marrow transplant.

Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA) or yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send specimen in original tube.

Additional Information: Specimen preferred to arrive within 96 hours of draw.

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Varies

Clinical Information

Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is a hereditary disorder of glyoxylate metabolism caused by deficiency of alanine:glyoxylate-aminotransferase (AGT), a hepatic enzyme that converts glyoxylate to glycine. Absence of AGT activity results in conversion of glyoxylate to oxalate, which is not capable of being degraded. Therefore, excess oxalate is excreted in the urine, causing kidney stones (urolithiasis), nephrocalcinosis, and kidney failure. As kidney function declines, blood levels of oxalate increase markedly, and oxalate combines with calcium to form calcium oxalate deposits in the kidney, eyes, heart, bones, and other organs, resulting in systemic disease. Pyridoxine (vitamin B6), a cofactor of AGT, is effective in reducing urine oxalate excretion in some PH1 patients.


Presenting symptoms of PH1 include nephrolithiasis, nephrocalcinosis, or end-stage kidney disease with or without a history of urolithiasis. Age of symptom onset is variable; however, most individuals present in childhood or adolescence with symptoms related to kidney stones. In some infants with a more severe phenotype, kidney failure may be the initial presenting feature. Less frequently, affected individuals present in adulthood with recurrent kidney stones or kidney failure. End-stage kidney disease is most often seen in the third decade of life, but can occur at any age.


The exact prevalence and incidence of PH1 are not known, but prevalence rates of 1 to 3 per million population and incidences of 0.1 per million/year have been estimated from population surveys.


Biochemical testing is indicated in patients with possible primary hyperoxaluria. Measurement of urinary oxalate is strongly preferred, with correction to adult body surface area in pediatric patients (HYOX / Hyperoxaluria Panel, Urine; OXU / Oxalate, 24 Hour, Urine). Abnormal urinary excretion of oxalate is strongly suggestive of, but not diagnostic for, this disorder, as there are other forms of inherited (type 2 and non-PH1/PH2) hyperoxaluria and secondary hyperoxaluria that may result in similarly elevated urine oxalate excretion rates. An elevated urine glycolate in the presence of hyperoxaluria is suggestive of PH1. Historically, the diagnosis of PH1 was confirmed by AGT enzyme analysis performed on liver biopsy; however, this has been replaced by molecular testing, which forms the basis of confirmatory or carrier testing in most cases.


PH1 is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the AGXT gene, which encodes the enzyme AGT. Several common AGXT mutations have been identified including c.33dupC, p.Gly170Arg (c.508G->A), and p.Ile244Thr (c.731T->C). These mutations account for at least 1 of the 2 affected alleles in approximately 70% of individuals with PH1. Direct sequencing of the AGXT gene is predicted to identify 99% of alleles in individuals who are known by enzyme analysis to be affected with PH1.


While age of onset and severity of disease is variable and not necessarily predictable by genotype, a correlation between pyridoxine responsiveness and homozygosity for the p.Gly170Arg mutation has been observed. (Note: testing for the p.Gly170Arg mutation only is available by ordering AGXTG / Alanine:Glyoxylate Aminotransferase [AGXT] Mutation Analysis [G170R], Blood). Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is a known cofactor of AGT and is effective in reducing urine oxalate excretion in some PH1 patients treated with pharmacologic doses. Individuals with 2 copies of the p.Gly170Arg mutation have been shown to normalize their urine oxalate when treated with pharmacologic doses of pyridoxine and those with a single copy of the mutation show reduction in urine oxalate. This is valuable because not all patients have been shown to be responsive to pyridoxine, and strategies that help to identify the individuals most likely to benefit from such targeted therapies are desirable.

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.


All detected alterations are evaluated according to American College of Medical Genetics recommendations.(1) Variants are classified based on known, predicted, or possible pathogenicity and reported with interpretive comments detailing their potential or known significance.

Clinical Reference

1. Richards S, Aziz N, Bale S, et al: Standards and guidelines for the interpretation of sequence variants: a joint consensus recommendation of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the Association for Molecular Pathology. Genet Med 2015 May;17(5):405-424

2. Milliner DS: The primary hyperoxalurias: an algorithm for diagnosis. Am J Nephrol 2005;25(2):154-160

3. Monico CG, Rossetti S, Olson JB, Milliner DS: Pyridoxine effect in type I primary hyperoxaluria is associated with the most common mutant allele. Kidney Int 2005;67(5):1704-1709

4. Monico CG, Rossetti S, Schwanz HA, et al: Comprehensive mutation screening in 55 probands with type 1 primary hyperoxaluria shows feasibility of a gene-based diagnosis. J Am Soc Nephrol 2007;18:1905-1914

5. Rumsby G, Williams E, Coulter-Mackie M: Evaluation of mutation screening as a first line test for the diagnosis of the primary hyperoxalurias. Kidney Int 2004;66(3):959-963

6. Williams EL, Acquaviva C, Amoroso, A, et al: Primary hyperoxaluria type I: update and additional mutation analysis of the AGXT gene. Hum Mutat 2009;30:910-917

7. Williams E, Rumsby G: Selected exonic sequencing of the AGXT gene provides a genetic diagnosis in 50% of patients with primary hyperoxaluria type 1. Clin Chem 2007;53(7):1216-1221

8. Communique April 2007: Laboratory and Molecular Diagnosis of Primary Hyperoxaluria and Oxalosis

Day(s) Performed


Report Available

14 to 20 days

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

81479-Unlisted molecular pathology procedure

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
AGXTZ AGXT Gene, Full Gene Analysis 94227-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
53442 Result Summary 50397-9
53443 Result 82939-0
53444 Interpretation 69047-9
53445 Additional Information 48767-8
53446 Specimen 31208-2
53447 Source 31208-2
53448 Released By 18771-6

Testing Algorithm

See Hyperoxaluria Diagnostic Algorithm in Special Instructions.


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available in Special Instructions:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Molecular Genetics: Congenital Inherited Diseases Patient Information (T521) in Special Instructions

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Renal Diagnostics Test Request (T830) with the specimen.

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