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  • Test Synonyms:
    HypoalphalipoproteinemiaCholesteryl ester Transferase DeficiencyAPOA1CETPSCRB1
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Lipid disorders comprise a group of heterogenic conditions often with overlapping clinical features such as abnormal levels of HDL, LDL, or triglycerides. High levels of HDL cholesterol in blood have been shown to atherogenic; these conditions include hypoalphalipoproteinemia and cholesteryl ester transferase deficiency.  This next-generation sequencing test is designed to detect mutations in the coding region of 3 genes associated with high HDL levels.

Reasons for Referral:

  • Abnormally high levels of HDL cholesterol.
  • Clinical presentation consistent with a lipid disorder.
  • Positive family history for High HDL (targeted testing is available if familial mutation is known).
  • Carrier testing.


Next generation sequencing using Illumina NextSeq 500 technology of the 3 genes associated with high HDL listed below:

High HDL Panel (3 genes): APOA1, CETP, SCARB1

Specimen Requirements:

Blood: EDTA or ACD (Solution A or B):

  • Adult: 5 mL
  • Child: 5 mL
  • Infant: 2-3 mL

A REQUISITION FORM MUST ACCOMPANY ALL SAMPLES.  Please include detailed clinical information, including ethnicity, clinical history, and family history.

Test Performed (Days):


Turn Around Time:

8 weeks

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.


Additional Info:

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