The majority of patients with chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs)- polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) carry an acquired V617F point mutation in the JAK2 kinase and in some patients, a lower frequency of JAK2 exon 12 mutation.  Screening for these mutations in patients with myeloproliferative lesions in the bone marrow not only helps to establish a diagnosis but is also predicted to impact the clinical outcome of these neoplasms.

Our laboratory takes a reflexive approach to testing; JAK2 V617F will be tested first, if negative, then JAK2 Exon 12 testing is performed.

Reasons for Referral:
The JAK2 mutation testing is done on BCR-ABL negative myeloproliferative neoplasms for molecularly sub-classification and is consistent with the diagnosis of clonal hematopoeitic myeloproliferative stem cell disorder. It is also important in predicting responses to targeted and/or non-targeted therapy.


JAK2 V617F: Allele-specific polymerase chain reaction.

JAK2 Exon 12: Sanger sequencing of exon 12.

JAK2 V617F: This assay is quantitative for the V617F JAK2 mutation and is capable of detecting V617F at 0.1% abundance in a background of wild-type gene targets.

JAK2 Exon 12: Approximately 20% mutant allele abundance in a background of wild-type gene targets.

Specimen Requirements:

  • Blood:  5-7mL EDTA or ACD (Solution A or B)
  • Bone Marrow: 2-3mL EDTA or ACD (Solution A or B)

A REQUISITION FORM MUST ACCOMPANY ALL SAMPLES.  Please include detailed clinical information.

Test Performed (Days):


Turn Around Time:

7-14 days

Shipment Sensitivity Requirements:

  • Package and ship specimen to remain cold, but not frozen. 
  • Ship via overnight express, using the FedEx priority overnight label provided. 
  • Contact Client Services for shipping kits and instructions at (855) 535-1522.
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