Test Code: 8803

Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation IIi: COG5 Gene Sequencing
Test Code: 8803
Turnaround time: 5 weeks


Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a group of autosomal recessive genetic disorders caused by the alteration in synthesis and structure of protein and lipid glycosylation. In the past decade, over 30 genetic diseases have been identified that alter glycan synthesis, structure and ultimately the function of nearly all organ systems.

CDG type I (CDGI) disorders result from impaired synthesis of the lipid linked oligosaccharide (LLO) precursor and/or its attachment to the growing polypeptide chain. CDG-Ia is the most common form reported, due to phosphomannomutase deficiency, an enzyme that converts mannose-6- phosphate to mannose-1-phosphate. CDG-Ib (phosphomannose isomerase, MPI deficiency) is the only known treatable form, by giving mannose orally. CDG type II (CDGII) includes defects in the processing of N-glycans.

Phenotypes of this disorder are extremely variable. Manifestations range from severe developmental delay and hypotonia with multiple organ system involvement beginning in infancy, to hypoglycemia and protein-losing enteropathy with normal development. Most subtypes have been described in only a few individuals, thus understanding of the phenotypes is limited.

The current diagnostic test for CDG is the analysis of serum transferrin glycoforms, also called “transferrin isoforms analysis,” or “carbohydrate- deficient transferrin analysis.” If positive, this testing can be followed by DNA testing to identify mutations in the gene involved.

Paesold-Burda et al. (2009) identified a homozygous mutation in the COG5 gene (7q22.3) in an individual with CDGIIi. Her features include developmental delay, moderate intellectual disability, a slow and inarticulate speech, mild hypotonia, trunchal ataxia, and pronounced diffuse atrophy of the cerebellum and brain stem.

• Paesold-Burda et al. (2009), Hum Mol Genet, 18:4350-4356.
• OMIM #606821: COG5 gene
• OMIM #613612: CDGIIi


This test is indicated for:

  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type IIi.
  • Carrier testing in adults with a family history of Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type IIi.


Next Generation Sequencing: In-solution hybridization of all coding exons is performed on the patient’s genomic DNA. Although some deep intronic regions may also be analyzed, this assay is not mean to interrogate most promoter regions, deep intronic regions, or other regulatory elements, and does not detect single or multi-exon deletions or duplications. Direct sequencing of the captured regions is performed using next generation sequencing. The patient’s gene sequences are then compared to a standard reference sequence. Potentially causative variants and areas of low coverage are Sanger-sequenced. Sequence variations are classified as pathogenic, likely pathogenic, benign, likely benign, or variants of unknown significance. Variants of unknown significance may require further studies of the patient and/or family members.


Clinical Sensitivity: Unknown. Mutations in the promoter region, some mutations in the introns and other regulatory element mutations cannot be detected by this analysis. Large deletions will not be detected by this analysis. Results of molecular analysis should be interpreted in the context of the patient’s clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.

Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%


Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
* Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood

Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:
In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube: Infants (2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Type: Saliva
Specimen Requirements:
OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through CEN4GEN) used according to manufacturer instructions.

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Submit copies of diagnostic biochemical test results with the sample, if appropriate.


• Analysis of other CDG genes is also available, including single gene analysis and a next generation sequencing panel.
• Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (test code: 6875) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis.