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Test Code GALT DNA Galactosemia Common Mutation Panel

Clinical System Name

Galactosemia DNA (8 mutations)


Galactosemia affects about 1/10,000 individuals and is included in the Washington State newborn screening program.


Analysis of the GALT gene for the following 8 common mutations: p.S135L (c.404 C>T), p.F171S (c.512 T>C), p.Q188R (c. 563 A>G), p.L195P (c.625 A>G), p.Y209C (c. 625 A>G), p.K285N (c.855 G>T), p. N314D (c. 940 A>G) (Duarte variant), p. L218L (c.1721 C>T) (LA variant)

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole blood, cord blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA, Yellow/ACD A or B

Preferred Vol: 3 mL

Minimum Vol: 1 mL


Note: Heparin samples (Green tops) are unacceptable.


Specimen: Extracted DNA

Minimum: 10µg

Note: DNA concentration minimum 100 µg/mL; 260/280 ratio 1.70-2.00


Specimen: Cultured cells

Acceptable:  Fibroblasts

Container(s): T-25 flasks

Preferred Vol: 2 flasks

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Heparin

Spin: No

Aliquot: No

Temp: Refrigerate

Storage location: Molecular Genetics box in CPA refrigerator #2


Off-site collection: Refrigerate blood samples until ready to ship.  Transport all sample types at room temperature via overnight shipping.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Cultured cells Room temp 3 days
Whole blood, extracted DNA Room temp 3-5 days
Whole blood, extracted DNA Refrigerated 7 days
Extracted DNA Frozen ok


Note: Whole blood samples > 7days may be submitted to be assessed by our lab for acceptability for testing.


STAT Performed TAT
Contact lab Monday - Friday 2-3 weeks


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory


Department:  Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Phone: 206-987-3872


Lab Client Services: 206-987-2617


Lab Genetic Counselor:

Reference Range

Interpretive report will be provided


Method: PCR + Sequencing


Limitations: This test is for targeted 8 mutation analysis only.

CPT Codes

81401 (updated 2/3/16 by jconta)

Special Instructions

Links to: Galactosemia GeneReview


Molecular Genetics

Clinical Utility

Galactosemia is an inherited disorder of galactose metabolism. Individuals with galactosemia are unable to break down galactose, a sugar found primarily in dairy products and some vegetables and legumes. Galactosemia is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase, and individuals with galactosemia have mutations in the GALT gene. They also have elevated galactose-1-phosphate, a metabolite of galactose metabolism. Galactosemia affects about 1/10,000 individuals and is included in the Washington State newborn screening program.