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Test ID: AJPO Ashkenazi Jewish Mutation Analysis Panel Without Cystic Fibrosis, Varies

Shipping Instructions

Specimen preferred to arrive within 72 hours of collection.

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


Preferred: Yellow top (ACD)

Acceptable: Any anticoagulant

Specimen Volume: 2 Full tubes

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send specimen in original tubes. Do not aliquot

Additional Information: A patient education brochure on Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Disorders (T561) is available upon request.


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: Biochemical Disorders Patient Information (T527) in Special Instructions

Useful For

Carrier screening in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry for Bloom syndrome, Canavan disease, FANCC-related Fanconi anemia, familial dysautonomia, Gaucher disease, mucolipidosis IV, Niemann-Pick disease types A and B, and Tay-Sachs disease

Additional Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
NAGAJ Hexosaminidase A and Tot, WBC/AJ No, (Bill Only) Yes

Testing Algorithm

When this test is ordered, hexosaminidase A and total enzyme activity will always be performed at an additional charge.


See Tay-Sachs Disease Carrier Testing Protocol in Special Instructions

Method Name

AJPO: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/Targeted Sanger Sequencing

NAGAJ: Heat Inactivation, Fluorometric, Semiautomated

Reporting Name

Ashkenazi Jewish Panel Without CF

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

6 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Ambient (preferred)

Clinical Information

Certain genetic diseases are more common in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (Jewish individuals of Eastern European ancestry) compared to the non-Jewish population. The majority of these conditions are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. This group of diseases includes Gaucher, Tay-Sachs, familial dysautonomia, Canavan, mucolipidosis IV, Niemann-Pick Type A and B, FANCC-related Fanconi anemia, and Bloom syndrome. While these conditions are observed outside of the Ashkenazi Jewish population, they occur at a lower frequency. It is estimated that an individual of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry has a 20% to 25% chance of being a carrier of 1 of these diseases.


Gaucher Disease:

Gaucher disease is a relatively rare lysosomal storage disorder resulting from a deficiency of acid beta- glucocerebrosidase. Variants in the beta-glucocerebrosidase gene, GBA, cause the clinical manifestations of Gaucher disease. There are 3 major types of Gaucher disease: nonneuropathic (type 1), acute neuropathic (type 2), and subacute neuropathic (type 3). Type 1 accounts for over 95% of all cases of Gaucher disease and is the presentation commonly found among Ashkenazi Jewish patients. Type 1 disease does not involve nervous system dysfunction; patients display anemia, low blood platelet levels, massively enlarged livers and spleens, lung infiltration, and extensive skeletal disease. There is a broad spectrum of disease in type 1, with some patients exhibiting severe symptoms and others very mild disease. Types 2 and 3 are associated with neurological disease of variable onset and progression, though type 2 tends to be more severe. Eight common GBA variants, including the N370S alteration most commonly found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, are included in this test: delta55bp, V394L, N370S, IVS2+1G>A, 84G>GG, R496H, L444P, and D409H.



Tay-Sachs disease is caused by an absence of hexosaminidase (HexA) enzyme activity, which results in the accumulation of the sphingolipid GM2 ganglioside. Variants in the HEXA gene cause the clinical manifestations of Tay-Sachs disease (TSD). The most common form of TSD becomes apparent in infancy when mild motor weakness is noted along with impaired visual acuity and the presence of a "startle response." Other manifestations of this condition include progressive neurodegeneration, seizures, and blindness, leading to total incapacitation and death. This panel tests for the 3 common variants in the Ashkenazi Jewish population: 1278insTATC, G269S, and IVS12+1G>C. Also included in this assay are the IVS9+1G>A and delta7.6kb variants along with the R247W and R249W alterations associated with pseudodeficiency.


Familial Dysautonomia:

Familial dysautonomia affects sensory, parasympathetic, and sympathetic neurons. Patients experience gastrointestinal dysfunction, pneumonia, vomiting episodes, altered sensitivity to pain and temperature, and cardiovascular problems. Progressive neuronal degeneration continues throughout the lifespan. Variants in the IKBKAP gene cause the clinical manifestations of familial dysautonomia. Two variants in the IKBKAP gene are common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population: IVS20(+6)T>C and R696P.


Canavan Disease:

Canavan disease is a severe leukodystrophy resulting from a deficiency of the enzyme aspartoacylase. Variants in the ASPA gene cause the clinical manifestations of Canavan disease. The deficiency of aspartoacylase leads to spongy degeneration of the brain, and the disease is characterized by delayed development beginning at age 3 to 6 months, head lag, macrocephaly, and hypotonia. Death usually occurs in the first decade of life. Four ASPA variants are included in this test: 433(-2)A>G, A305E, E285A, and Y231X.


Mucolipidosis IV:

Mucolipidosis IV is a lysosomal storage disease characterized by mental retardation, hypotonia, corneal clouding, and retinal degeneration. Variants in the MCOLN1 gene are responsible for the clinical manifestations of mucolipidosis IV. Two Variants in the MCOLN1 gene account for the majority of variants found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population: IVS3(-2)A>G and delta6.4kb.


Niemann-Pick Disease Types A and B:

Niemann-Pick disease (types A and B) is a lysosomal storage disease caused by a deficiency of the enzyme acid sphingomyelinase. The clinical presentation of type A disease is characterized by jaundice, progressive loss of motor skills, feeding difficulties, learning disabilities, and hepatosplenomegaly. Death usually occurs by age 3.


Type B disease is milder, though variable in its clinical presentation. Most individuals with type B do not have neurologic involvement and survive to adulthood. Variants in the SMPD1 gene are known to cause Niemann- Pick disease types A and B. There are 3 common variants causing Niemann-Pick type A in the Ashkenazi Jewish population: L302P, R496L, and fsP330. The deltaR608 variant accounts for approximately 90% of the type B variant alleles in individuals from the Maghreb region of North Africa and 100% of the variant alleles in Gran Canaria.


Fanconi Anemia:

Fanconi anemia is an aplastic anemia that leads to bone marrow failure and myelodysplasia or acute myelogenous leukemia. Physical findings include short stature, upper limb, lower limb, and skeletal malformations, and abnormalities of the eyes and genitourinary tract. Variants in several genes have been associated with Fanconi anemia, although 1 variant, IVS4(+4)A>T, in the FANCC gene is common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. A second variant, 322delG, is overrepresented in FANCC patients of Northern European ancestry.


Bloom Syndrome:

Bloom syndrome is characterized by short stature, sun sensitivity, susceptibility to infections, and a predisposition to cancer. Variants in the BLM gene lead to genetic instability (increased chromosomal breakage and sister chromatid exchange) and cause the clinical manifestations of Bloom syndrome. The protein encoded by the BLM gene is a helicase involved in maintaining DNA integrity. There is a common variant found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population: 2281delATCTGAinsTAGATTC (2281del6/ins7).


Because of the high sensitivity of carrier testing in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) recommends that carrier screening for cystic fibrosis (CF), Canavan, Tay-Sachs, familial dysautonomia, Niemann-Pick type A, Fanconi anemia (FANCC), Bloom syndrome, mucolipidosis IV, and Gaucher disease be offered to individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. The genetic variant detection rates and carrier frequencies for the diseases included in this panel are listed below. Of note, testing for CF is not included in this panel. If testing for this disorder is desired, see details and ordering information under CFP / Cystic Fibrosis Mutation Analysis, 106-Mutation Panel.



Carrier rate in the AJ population

Variant detection rate







Familial dysautonomia






Mucolipidosis IV



Niemann-Pick type A/B



FANCC-related Fanconi anemia



Bloom syndrome





This test is useful for identifying carriers of these 9 conditions in an at-risk population. Because the diseases included in the panel are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, the presence of a family history is not a prerequisite for testing consideration. The identification of disease-causing variants allows  for carrier testing of at-risk family members and prenatal diagnosis for pregnancies in which both parents are known carriers.


Of note, approximately 1 in 25 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are also carriers of cystic fibrosis (CF). Therefore, the ACMG also recommends that carrier screening for CF be offered to individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. Carrier screening for CF is available; order CFP / Cystic Fibrosis Mutation Analysis, 106-Mutation Panel, Varies.

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.


An interpretive report will be provided.

Clinical Reference

1. Gross SJ, Pletcher BA, Monaghan KG, Professional Practice and Guidelines Committee: Carrier screening individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Genet Med. 2008 Jan;10(1):54-56

2. Committee Opinion No. 691: Carrier Screening for Genetic Conditions. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Mar;129(3):e41-e55

Day(s) Performed


Report Available

2 to 12 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

81200-ASPA aspartoacylase (eg, Canavan disease) gene analysis, common variants (eg, E285A, Y231X)

81209-BLM (Bloom syndrome, Rec! helicase-like) (eg, Bloom syndrome) gene analysis, 2281 del6ins7 variant 81242-FANCC (Fanconi anemia, complementation group C) (eg, Fanconi anemia, type C) gene analysis, common variant (eg, IVS4+4A->T)

81251-GBA (glucosidase, beta acid) (eg, Gaucher disease) gene analysis, common variants (eg, N370S, 84GG, L444P, IVS2+1G>A)

81255-HEXA (hexosaminidase A (alpha polypeptide) (eg, Tay-Sachs disease) gene analysis, common variants (eg, 1278insTATC, 1421+1G->C, G269S)

81260-IKBKAP (inhibitor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhance in B-cells, kinase complex-associated protein) (eg. Familial dysautonomia) gene analysis common variants (eg, 2507_6T->C, R696P

81290-MCOLN1 (mucolipin 1) (eg. Mucolipidosis, type IV) gene analysis, common variants (eg, IVS3-2A->G, del6.4kb)

81330-SMPD1 (sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 1, acid sysosomal) (eg, Niemann-Pick disease, Type A) gene analysis, common variants (eg, R496L, L302P, fsP330)


83080 Hexosaminidase A and Tot (additional test)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
AJPO Ashkenazi Jewish Panel Without CF 98037-5


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
53130 Result Summary 50397-9
53131 Result 82939-0
53132 Interpretation 69047-9
52425 Additional Information 48767-8
53133 Specimen 31208-2
53134 Source 31208-2
53135 Released By 18771-6
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