Associated disorders

The KIF1B gene has preliminary evidence supporting a correlation with autosomal dominant hereditary paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma (PGL/PCC) syndromes (MedGen UID: 313270).

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The KIF1B gene encodes kinesin family member 1B, one of a family of kinesin proteins that are involved in the transport of materials withins cells. The KIF1B gene is also involved in apoptosis.

KIF1B Heterozygote
OMIM: 605995

Clinical condition
While there is currently no well-established data to associate the KIF1B gene with a specific disease or condition, there is preliminary evidence suggesting variants in this gene may be associated with a predisposition to paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma syndrome (PMID: 25263965, 19092153, 20959442, 24694336, 24899893, 24903423, 26347711, 24523625, 25385035, 26839173) and neuroblastoma (PMID: 24903423, 26347711, 24523625, 18614535, 26839173). These data, however, are currently insufficient to make a clear determination regarding this association. Therefore, KIF1B is available as a “preliminary-evidence” gene on Invitae’s Hereditary Paraganglioma-Pheochromocytoma Panel and Nervous System/Brain Cancer Panel. Preliminary-evidence genes are selected from an extensive review of the literature and expert recommendations, but the association between the gene and the specific condition has not been completely established. This uncertainty may be resolved as new information becomes available, and therefore clinicians may continue to order these preliminary-evidence genes.

Gene information
The KIF1B gene encodes a protein called kinesin family member 1B, part of the kinesin family proteins that are essential for transporting materials within cells. Kinesin family member 1B specialized in transporting mitochondria and, in neurons, synaptic vesicles. In addition to its transport functions, the kinesin family member 1B protein appears to be involved in apoptosis ( National Library of Medicine. Genetics Home Reference. KIF1B. Accessed March 2016., NCBI. Gene. Gene ID: 23095. Accessed March 2016).

Variants in KIF1B have autosomal dominant inheritance. This means that an individual with a pathogenic variant has a 50% chance of passing that variant on to their offspring.

Because the evidence regarding KIF1B and paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma syndrome and neuroblastoma is limited and preliminary, there are currently no guidelines or recommendations to suggest alteration to medical management based solely on the presence of an KIF1B variant. However, an individual’s cancer risk and medical management are not determined by genetic test results alone. Overall cancer risk assessment incorporates additional factors including personal medical history, family history as well as available genetic information that may result in a personalized plan for cancer prevention and surveillance.

Even though data regarding KIF1B is limited, knowing if a pathogenic variant is present is advantageous. Relatives can be identified, allowing pursuit of a diagnostic evaluation. In addition, the available information regarding hereditary cancer susceptibility genes is constantly evolving and clinically relevant KIF1B data is likely to become available in the near future. Awareness of this variant allows patients and their providers to be vigilant in maintaining close and regular contact with their local genetics clinic in anticipation of new information, inform at-risk family members, and diligently follow standard screening protocols.

Review date: July 2016

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
KIF1B NM_015074.3