Invitae Simpson-Golabi-Behmel Syndrome Test


Test description

This test analyzes GPC3, which is the gene that is most commonly associated with Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome type 1 (SGBS1). This X-linked condition primarily affects males and is characterized by pre- and postnatal overgrowth with organomegaly, distinctive facial features, possible involvement of heart and skeletal system, and an increased risk of embryonal tumors. Carrier females are often asymptomatic, though females may also exhibit features of SGBS1.

Genetic testing of GPC3 may confirm a diagnosis and help guide treatment and management decisions. Identification of a disease-causing variant would also guide testing and diagnosis of at-risk relatives. This test is specifically designed for heritable germline mutations and is not appropriate for the detection of somatic mutations in tumor tissue.

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Primary panel (1 gene)


Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome type 1 (SGBS1)

Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome type 1 (SGBS1) is a rare overgrowth syndrome that typically presents in the prenatal or neonatal period. Affected males typically have macrosomia and a distinctive facies that may include macrocephaly, coarse facial features, macrostomia, and macroglossia. Other clinical findings may include heart defects, malformed or abnormally large kidneys, an enlarged liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), skeletal abnormalities, and gastrointestinal or genitourinary malformations. Individuals with SGBS1 may have some degree of intellectual disability. SGBS1 is associated with an increased risk for embryonal tumors, including Wilms tumor, hepatoblastoma, adrenal neuroblastoma, gonadoblastoma, and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Although the lifetime risk of developing specific tumors is not well established, individuals with SGBS1 have an increased risk in childhood for developing such tumors as:

  • Wilms tumor
  • hepatoblastoma
  • adrenal neuroblastoma
  • gonadoblastoma
  • hepatocellular carcinoma

Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome type 1 is inherited in an X-linked manner. Females are frequently unaffected carriers, though some may display mild features due to skewed X-inactivation. Approximately 20%–30% of individuals have SGBS1 due to a de novo pathogenic variant.

The prevalence of SGBS1 is currently unknown and appears to be rare.

Analysis of the GPC3 gene may be considered in a personal and/or family history of:

  • overgrowth or other combination of features consistent with a clinical presentation of SGBS1

Further details regarding features that are suggestive of SGBS1 can be found: Tenorio J, et al. Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome types I and II. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2014 Sep 20;9:138.

Clinical diagnostic criteria for SGBS1 have not been established. The diagnosis is based on clinical findings, family history consistent with X-linked inheritance, and molecular genetic testing.

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
GPC3 NM_004484.3