Test Code: MGX005

BRAF mutations occur in approximately 8% of all human cancers and approach 50% in melanoma and papillary carcinoma of thyroid. These mutations provide potentially valuable diagnostic, prognostic and treatment response prediction markers. Molecular testing for BRAF V600E mutation can provide valuable diagnostic information, treatment selection, and may help predict prognosis.

Capillary Electrophoresis (Sanger) DNA Sequencing

Peripheral Blood

 

Requirements: Collect 3 ml – 5 ml of whole blood in EDTA (purple top tube), minimum 1 ml for small infants.

 

Shipping: DO NOT FREEZE. Include a frozen ice pack in the shipping container. Place a paper towel or other thin material between the ice pack and the blood tube. At room temperature, a blood specimen is stable for up to 48 hours. If refrigerated, a blood specimen is stable for up to one week.

 

Dried Blood Spot (DBS)

Requirements: Send 4 or more completely filled spots, each 10 mm in diameter. DBS cards should dry at room temperature for at least 3 hours after collection. DNA from DBS cards has inconsistent quantity and quality, which may result in delayed testing and/or the need for a second specimen.

 

Shipping: Send specimens at room temperature and after drying.

 

DNA

Requirements: Send in a screw cap tube at least 5 µg -10 µg of purified DNA at a concentration of at least 100 ng/uL, minimum 2 µg for limited specimens. Indicate concentration on tube label. For requests requiring more than one test, send an additional 5 µg DNA per test ordered when possible. DNA quality should be measured at A260/280 and be >1.8 for the sample to be acceptable for processing

 

Shipping: Specimens may be shipped at room temperature. Label the tube with the composition of the solute and DNA concentration along with the patient’s name, date of birth, and/or ID number. DNA must be extracted using a column-based purification technique.

 

BUCCAL SWABS

Requirements:  Buccal Swab should be used according to manufacturer instructions.

 

Shipping: Specimens may be shipped at room temperature.

An unstained 5-10 FFPE roller containing adequate amounts of tumor to be analyzed. A copy of the corresponding surgical pathology report must accompany the sample(s). FFPE roller can be sent at ambient temperature.
  • Standard (2-3 weeks)
  • Urgent (1 week)

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