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Test ID: GALT Galactose-1-Phosphate Uridyltransferase, Blood

Reporting Name

Gal-1-P Uridyltransferase, RBC

Useful For

Diagnosis of galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase deficiency, the most common cause of galactosemia

 

Confirmation of abnormal state newborn screening results

Clinical Information

Galactosemia is an autosomal recessive disorder that results from a deficiency of any 1 of the 3 enzymes catalyzing the conversion of galactose to glucose: galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT), galactokinase (GALK), and uridine diphosphate galactose-4-epimerase (GALE). GALT deficiency is the most common cause of galactosemia and is often referred to as classic galactosemia. The complete or near-complete deficiency of GALT enzyme is life threatening if left untreated. Complications in the neonatal period include failure to thrive, liver failure, sepsis, and death.

 

Galactosemia is treated by a galactose-restricted diet, which allows for rapid recovery from the acute symptoms and a generally good prognosis. Despite adequate treatment from an early age, individuals with galactosemia remain at increased risk for developmental delays, speech problems, and abnormalities of motor function. Females with galactosemia are at increased risk for premature ovarian failure. Based upon reports by newborn screening programs, the frequency of classic galactosemia in the United States is approximately 1 in 30,000, although literature reports range from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 60,000 live births.

 

Galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1-P) accumulates in the erythrocytes of patients with galactosemia. The quantitative measurement of Gal-1-P (GAL1P / Galactose-1-Phosphate [Gal-1-P], Erythrocytes) is useful for monitoring compliance with dietary therapy. Gal-1-P is thought to be the causative factor for development of liver disease in these patients and, because of this, patients should maintain low levels and be monitored on a regular basis.

 

Duarte-variant galactosemia (compound heterozygosity for the Duarte variant, N314D and a classic variant) is generally associated with higher levels of enzyme activity (5%-20%) than classic galactosemia (<5%); however, this may be indistinguishable by newborn screening assays. Previously, it was unknown whether children with Duarte-variant galactosemia were at an increased risk for adverse developmental outcomes due to milk exposure and were often treated with a low galactose diet during infancy. More recently, the outcomes data suggest a lack of evidence for developmental complications due to milk exposure, therefore treatment recommendations remain controversial. The Los Angeles variant, which consists of N314D and a second variant, L218L, is associated with higher levels of GALT enzyme activity than the Duarte-variant allele.

 

Newborn screening for galactosemia is performed in all 50 US states, though the method by which potentially affected individuals are detected varies from state to state and may include the measurement of total galactose (galactose and Gal-1-P) and/or determining the activity of the GALT enzyme. The diagnosis of galactosemia is established by follow-up quantitative measurement of GALT enzyme activity. If enzyme levels are indicative of carrier or affected status, molecular testing for common GALT variants may be performed. If 1 or both disease-causing variants are not detected by targeted variant analysis and biochemical testing has confirmed the diagnosis of galactosemia, sequencing of the GALT gene is available to identify private variations.

 

See Galactosemia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions for additional information.

Interpretation

An interpretive report will be provided.

 

See Galactosemia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions for additional information.

Testing Algorithm

See Galactosemia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Analytic Time

4 days (not reported on Saturday or Sunday)

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 7 a.m. (specimen must be received the day prior)

Clinical Reference

1. Berry GT: Classic Galactosemia and Clinical Variant Galactosemia. In GeneReviews. Edited by MP Adam, HH Ardinger, RA Pagon, et al. University of Washington, Seattle Updated 2017 Mar 9 Accessed: February 20, 2020 Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1518/

2. Walter JH, Fridovich-Keil JL: Galactosemia. In The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. Edited by D Valle, AL Beaudet, B Vogelstein, et al. McGraw-Hill. Accessed June 18, 2019. Available at http://ommbid.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=971&sectionid=62672411

3. Carlock G, Fischer ST, Lynch ME, et al. Developmental Outcomes in Duarte Galactosemia. Pediatrics. 2018;143(1):e20182516. doi:10.1542/peds.2018-2516

Method Name

Enzyme Reaction followed by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA


Advisory Information


This test is for galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT) enzyme testing only. The preferred test to evaluate for possible diagnosis of galactosemia, routine carrier screening, and followup of abnormal newborn screening results is GCT / Galactosemia Reflex, Blood.

 

This assay will not detect galactokinase (GALK) deficiency or uridine diphosphate-galactose 4' epimerase (GALE) deficiency.

-To evaluate for GALK deficiency, order GALK / Galactokinase, Blood.

-To evaluate for GALE deficiency, order GALE / UDP-Galactose 4' Epimerase, Blood.

 

This assay is not appropriate for monitoring dietary compliance. If dietary monitoring is needed, order GAL1P / Galactose-1-Phosphate, Erythrocytes.



Necessary Information


Patient's age is required.

  Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602) is recommended, but not required, to be filled out and sent with the specimen to aid in the interpretation of test results.

Specimen Required


Multiple whole blood tests for galactosemia can be performed on 1 specimen. Prioritize order of testing when submitting specimens. See Galactosemia-Related Test List in Special Instructions for a list of tests that can be ordered together.

 

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Green top (sodium heparin) or yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume: 5 mL


Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Ambient  14 days

Reference Values

≥24.5 nmol/h/mg of hemoglobin

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

82775

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GALT Gal-1-P Uridyltransferase, RBC 24082-0

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
8333 Gal-1-P Uridyltransferase, RBC 24082-0
2296 Interpretation (GALT) 59462-2
58115 Reviewed By 18771-6

Forms

1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available in Special Instructions:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602) is recommended, see Special Instructions.

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Inborn Errors of Metabolism Test Request (T798) with the specimen.

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