• Turnaround time:
    10–21 calendar days (14 days on average)
  • Preferred specimen:
    3mL whole blood in a purple-top tube
  • Alternate specimens:
    DNA or saliva/assisted saliva
  • Sample requirements
  • Request a sample kit




Associated disorders

The DSP gene is associated with autosomal dominant arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) (MedGen UID: 336069) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) with woolly hair, keratoderma and tooth agenesis (MedGen UID: 808093), as well as autosomal recessive DCM with woolly hair and keratoderma (MedGen UID: 340124). Additional DSP-related conditions have been reported (OMIM: 125647).

Pathogenic DSP variants are associated with 2%-3% of clinical cases of DCM and 1%-16% of cases of ARVC.

The DSP gene encodes desmoplakin, a plakin protein in the desmosome that assists in anchoring intermediate filaments between cells to provide structural support and maintain integrity of cardiac and skin tissue.

Assay and technical information

Invitae is a College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical diagnostic laboratory performing full-gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis using next-generation sequencing technology (NGS).

Our sequence analysis covers clinically important regions of each gene, including coding exons, +/- 10 base pairs of adjacent intronic sequence, and select noncoding variants. Our assay provides a Q30 quality-adjusted mean coverage depth of 350x (50x minimum, or supplemented with additional analysis). Variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic are confirmed with orthogonal methods, except individual variants that have high quality scores and previously validated in at least ten unrelated samples.

Our analysis detects most intragenic deletions and duplications at single exon resolution. However, in rare situations, single-exon copy number events may not be analyzed due to inherent sequence properties or isolated reduction in data quality. If you are requesting the detection of a specific single-exon copy number variation, please contact Client Services before placing your order.

Gene Transcript reference Sequencing analysis Deletion/Duplication analysis
DSP NM_004415.2