Genetic testing is recommended for all children with an autism spectrum disorder. An underlying cause can be identified in 30-40% of affected individuals.1,2 Establishing an underlying molecular cause can be a critical step in providing accurate diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and genetic counseling.


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Test Code 7024
Turnaround Time (TAT) 4-6 weeks
Number of Genes 48
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Mutation Detection Rate

AutismNext can detect >99.9% of described mutations in the included genes, when present (analytic sensitivity).

Test Description

AutismNext includes 48 genes associated with both syndromic and non-syndromic ASDs, all of these genes are included in our Neurodevelopment-Expanded panel as well.

This test includes gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis. FMR1 repeat expansion testing and Angelman/Prader-Willi methylation studies are not included in this test, but can be ordered concurrently. Genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (gDNA) is isolated from the patient’s specimen using a standardized kit and quantified. Sequence enrichment of the targeted coding exons and adjacent intronic nucleotides is carried out by a bait-capture methodology using long biotinylated oligonucleotide probes, followed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and next generation sequencing (NGS). 

Sanger sequencing is performed for any regions missing, or with insufficient read depth coverage for reliable heterozygous variant detection. Reportable small insertions and deletions, potentially homozygous variants, variants in regions complicated by pseudogene interference, and single nucleotide variant calls not satisfying 100x depth of coverage and 40% het ratio thresholds are verified by Sanger sequencing. This assay targets all coding domains, and well into the flanking 5’ and 3’ ends of all the introns and untranslated regions. Gross deletion/duplication analysis for available genes is performed utilizing a targeted chromosomal microarray.

1. Tammimies Ket al. Molecular diagnostic yield of chromosomal microarray analysis and whole-exome sequencing in children with autism spectrum disorder. JAMA. 2015 Sep;314(9):895-903.

2. Schaefer GB, et al. Clinical genetics evaluation in identifying the etiology of autism spectrum disorders: 2013 guideline revisions. Genet Med. 2013 May;15(5):399-407.

3. Mu W, et al. Sanger confirmation is required to achieve optimal sensitivity and specificity in next-generation sequencing panel testing. J Mol Diagn. 2016. 18(6):923-932.

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