Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome


Description

WAS is an X-linked immunodeficiency characterised by thrombocytopenia and abnormal B- and T-cell functions. In carrier women this manifests as a skewed X-inactivation pattern in their whole blood. Affected individuals can be diagnosed on the basis of an abnormality or deficiency of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP). The WAS gene (encoding for WASP) has 12 exons and family specific mutations are found throughout the gene.

Also known as

WAS protein (WASP), Aldrich syndrome, Eczema-thrombocytopenia-immunodeficiency syndrome, Immunodeficiency 2 (IMD2), Neutropenia severe congenital X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked intermittent


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Additional information

The guidelines for the NCG service for immunodeficiencies apply to the molecular analysis of WAS (details on request). Affected patients should be referred to the Molecular Immunology laboratory at GOSH for WAS protein analysis. This requires prior arrangement and completion of specific request forms (contact Dr Kimberly Gilmour in Molecular Immunology, GOSH � Tel: +44 (0) 20 7829 8835, Email: Kimberly.Gilmour@gosh.nhs.uk). We work closely with this department and will undertake mutation screening in appropriate patients. Download additional information >


Sending address

Great Ormond Street Hospital NE Thames Regional Genetics Service Laboratories
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Barclay House
37 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BH

Laboratory service

Genetics


Sample requirements

1ml EDTA neonates, 5ml EDTA adults


Reference range

Not applicable


Turnaround time

40 days


Disease / group

WAS


Cost

Upon request


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Prenatals must be arranged in advance, through a Clinical Genetics department if possible.


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