Invitae Elevated C6, C8 & C10 Test


Test description

The Invitae Elevated C6, C8 & C10 Test analyzes the ACADM gene, which is associated with elevations of hexanoylcarnitine (C6), octanoylcarnitine (C8), and decanoylcarnitine (C10) acylcarnitines on newborn screening (NBS) or plasma acylcarnitine analysis. Genetic testing of this gene may confirm a diagnosis and help guide treatment and management decisions.

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Alternative tests to consider

The Invitae Fatty Acid Oxidation Defects Panel has been designed to provide a broad genetic analysis of this class of disorders. Depending on the individual’s clinical and family history, this broader panel may be appropriate. It can be ordered at no additional cost.

Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency

Elevated C6, C8, and C10 acylcarnitines may be detected during newborn screening or plasma acylcarnitine analysis due to medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency.

The clinical presentation of MCAD deficiency can range from severe to mild, depending on the amount of residual enzyme activity. On the most severe end of the spectrum is the classic presentation: Onset of symptoms typically occurs within the first few months of life and before two years of age, though symptoms may not appear until adulthood. Patients typically present with vomiting, lethargy, seizures, and hepatomegaly; if untreated, they can progress to coma and death. Symptoms can be precipitated by prolonged fasting and intercurrent illness. Patients in metabolic crises will have hypoketotic hypoglycemia. They may have elevated liver enzymes, acidosis with increased anion gap, hyperuricemia, and hyperammonemia. In undiagnosed patients, the first metabolic crisis is often fatal and patients are at risk of sudden death. Patients can be mistaken as presenting with Reye syndrome. Females with MCAD deficiency who are pregnant with affected fetuses are at a greater risk of developing HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets) syndrome or acute fatty liver of pregnancy. Patients on the milder spectrum of MCAD deficiency remain at risk for acute metabolic crises.

Patients with MCAD deficiency can have elevations of C6, C8, and C10 on NBS or acylcarnitine analysis; C8 elevations are the most predominant. Patients may also have secondary carnitine deficiency. On urine organic acid analysis, patients can have characteristic dicarboxylic aciduria (adipic acid > suberic acid > sebacic acid) with elevations of hexanoylglycine, suberylglycine, and phenylpropionylglycine. For some instruments, urine acylglycine analysis may be needed to detect the small elevations of hexanoylglycine, suberylglycine, and phenylpropionylglycine. Some patients may have normal urine organic acid analysis during asymptomatic periods. Fatty acid oxidation in vitro probe assays may show elevation of medium chain (C6-C10) acylcarnitine species; however, this assay typically requires a skin biopsy.

A low fat-high carbohydrate diet and avoidance of fasting have been used to treat patients with MCAD deficiency. Emergency protocols may also be implemented during times of intercurrent illness to avoid metabolic crisis. These therapies have been reported to successfully treat MCAD deficiency. Early diagnosis and detection may improve the long-term outcome of these patients.

For patients with biochemical features that are consistent with MCAD deficiency (elevated C6, C8, and C10 on acylcarnitines), approximately >96% will have two pathogenic variants in the ACADM gene.

MCAD deficiency is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner.

The prevalence of elevated C6, C8, and C10 acylcarnitines is dependent on laboratory cutoffs and ethnicity. The overall prevalence of confirmed MCAD deficiency has been estimated at 1 in 19,000, but it can be as high as 1 in 7,500 in some ethnic populations.

This test may be appropriate for patients:

  • with elevated C6, C8, and C10 acylcarnitines on newborn screening or plasma acylcarnitine analysis
  • with dicarboxylic aciduria (elevations of adipic acid >suberic acid > sebacic acid) on urine organic acid analysis

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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
ACADM NM_000016.5