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Rett and Angelman syndromes and phenotypically related disorders are a class of neurodevelopmental conditions. Clinically these phenotypes may include intellectual delay/regression, seizures, and developmental delay. Typically Rett syndrome is seen in girls but Angelman syndrome has no gender bias. These conditions are typically inherited in an autosomal dominant, recessive or X-linked manner. Angelman syndrome is caused by mutations in the gene UBE3A, however due to genomic imprinting and only the maternal copy is active in the brain. Mutations in MECP2 are associated with Rett syndrome. Given this, methylation status of this genomic region should be considered for Angelman syndrome cases to assess paternal contribution or uniparental disomy.

Reasons for Referral:

  • Molecular confirmation for conditions related to Rett or Angelman syndrome
  • Carrier testing
  • Positive family history


This test has two components:

Component 1: Next generation sequencing will analyze the exons or coding regions of 14 Rett-Angelman Syndrome genes using Illumina NextSeq 500 technology and preparing samples using hybridization probes to enrich exonic regions. Promoter, intronic, etc. regions are not assessed here but may contain variants that impact gene function.

Component 2: Microarray Analysis – A customized CytoSure “exon-centric” array (Oxford Gene Technology) will be used to detect deletions and duplications. The targeted array has enhanced probes targeted to the exonic regions of the 13 Rett-Angelman syndrome genes medically relevant genes. The arrays will be run using Agilent SureScan technology. This array is an ideal complement to the next generation sequencing approach to provide a comprehensive mutation spectrum analysis for Rett-Angelman syndromes.

Rett-Angelman Syndrome Panel (14 genes): CDKL5, CNTNAP2, FOXG1, IQSEC2, MBD5, MECP2, MEF2C, MEIS2*, NRXN1, SLC9A6, TCF4, UBE3A, WDR45, ZEB2

*MEIS2 will be assessed on NGS only.

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.

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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.


  1. GeneReviews : Angelman Syndrome http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1144/
  2. GeneReviews: MECP2-Related Disorders http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1497/

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