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Meningiomatosis/Multiple Meningioma Panel by Next-Gen Sequencing (MEN-NG)

Information for Ordering

Acceptable Specimen Types

• Fresh blood sample (3-6 ml EDTA; no time limitations associated with receipt)

• Saliva (OGR-575 DNA Genotek; kits are provided upon request)

• DNA (extracted from lymphocyte cells; a minimum volume of 25μL at 3μg; O.D. of 260:280nm ≥1.8; must be extracted in a CLIA or equivalent certified lab)

• Flash frozen tumor sent on dry ice
• Fresh tumor or affected tissue biopsy, immersed in sterile culture media (PBS/RPMI)

Turnaround Time

Average = 30 working days for blood, saliva, or DNA 

Average = 50 working days for fresh/frozen tumor

Price, CPT codes, and Z code

$1,500 for blood, saliva, or DNA (USD – institutional/self-pay)

$2,500 for fresh/frozen tumor (USD – institutional/self-pay)

CPT: 81406, 81405, and 81479 (x2)

Z code: ZB67L

Candidates for Testing

Patients with clinical features suggestive of meningiomatosis or NF2 with the inclusion of meningiomas within their phenotype.

Specimen Shipping and Handling

Please find specimen requirement specifications above.

All submitted specimens must be sent at room temperature. DO NOT ship on ice.

Specimens must be packaged to prevent breakage and absorbent material must be included in the package to absorb liquids in the event that breakage occurs. Also, the package must be shipped in double watertight containers (e.g. a specimen pouch + the shipping company’s diagnostic envelope).

To request a sample collection kit, please click here or email medgenomics@uabmc.edu to complete the specimen request form.

Click here for the Fresh/Frozen Tumor Submission Checklist

Please contact the MGL (via email at medgenomics@uabmc.edu, or via phone at 205-934-5562) prior to sample shipment and provide us with the date of shipment and tracking number of the package so that we can better ensure receipt of the samples.

Required Forms

Test Requisition Form

Form for Customs


Disorder Background

A meningioma in childhood can be a presenting first sign of neurofibromatosis type 2 (OMIM 101000) (Smith M et al, 2011: J. Med. Genet 48:261-5).

Besides NF2, germline SMARCB1 variants have been identified in patients with meningiomas (with or without schwannomas) (van den Munckhof P et al, 2012: Neurogenetics 13:1-7). Furthermore, germline variants in SUFU have been found in some families with meningiomatosis (Aavikko M et al, 2012: Am. J. Hum. Genet. 91:520-6).

In addition, SMARCE1 germline variants are associated with a tumor-predisposition syndrome with patients having an increased risk for spinal and intracranial clear cell meningiomas (Smith M et al, 2014: J. Path. 234:436-40). Clear cell meningiomas occur more frequently in young people and are defined as WHO grade 2, due to their more aggressive behavior.

As multiple meningiomas can be a sign of different tumor-predisposition syndromes with overlapping features, a clinical diagnosis might be challenging in some individuals, making a panel-based test more cost-effective.

Test Description

The Meningiomatosis/Multiple Meningioma Panel by NGS involves the simultaneous sequencing of 4 genes: NF2, SMARCB1, SMARCE1, and SUFU.  The test uses an extensively customized and optimized set of Agilent HaloPlex capture probes, followed by sequencing of overlapping amplicons within the regions of interest using 300bp paired-end Illumina sequencing chemistry. Each coding exon plus ~50bp of flanking intronic sequence are simultaneously sequenced. 5’ and 3’ untranslated sequences are not included. The average coverage is>1500x with >99% of the coding region ≥350x and 100% ≥200x. This allows for detection of very low-level mosaicism by sequencing (as low as 3% of the alleles in the coding region with >95% confidence).

Variant and copy number calls are made using a unique bioinformatics pipeline detecting all types of variants including single nucleotide substitutions, indels, and frameshifts caused by deletion/ duplication up to 112bp. Deletion/duplication analysis for NF2 and SMARCB1 is included in this test, as such variants are a part of the variant spectrum for these conditions. Deletion/duplication analysis for other genes on this panel is not offered as current empirical and biological evidence is not sufficient to allow the conclusion that an altered copy number of these genes is a mechanism critical for the phenotype associated with these conditions.

REFERENCES available here.

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For more information, test requisition forms, or sample collection and mailing kits, please call: 205-934-5562.

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