• 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 VHL gene is associated with autosomal dominant von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome (MedGen UID: 42458), and autosomal recessive familial erythrocytosis, type 2 (MedGen UID: 332974).

The VHL gene encodes a tumor-suppressor protein that acts as the substrate recognition component of an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that targets other proteins (notably HIF, hypoxia inducible factor) for proteosomal degradation. Loss of VHL function results in the stabilization of these target proteins, leading to altered gene transcription, cell survival and proliferation, and vascularization.

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
VHL NM_000551.3