Hyperlipidemia Panel

  • Is a 18 gene panel that includes assessment of non-coding variants
  • Is ideal for patients with a clinical suspicion of inherited dyslipidemia including familial hypercholesterolemia due to LDL receptor mutation or ligand-defective apoB, any type of hypertriglyceridemia and sitosterolemia. The genes on the Hyperlipidemia Core Panel are included on this panel.

Analysis methods
  • PLUS
  • SEQ

4 weeks

Number of genes


Test code


Panel size


CPT codes
SEQ 81479
DEL/DUP 81479


The Blueprint Genetics Hyperlipidemia Panel (test code CA1101):

ICD codes

Commonly used ICD-10 code(s) when ordering the Hyperlipidemia Panel

ICD-10 Disease
E78.01 Familial hypercholesterolemia
E78.2 Mixed hyperlipidaemia
E78.4 Other hyperlipidaemia
E78.6 Lipoprotein deficiency
E78.9 Disorder of lipoprotein metabolism, unspecified
Z83.42 Family history of familial hypercholesterolemia

Sample Requirements

  • Blood (min. 1ml) in an EDTA tube
  • Extracted DNA, min. 2 μg in TE buffer or equivalent
  • Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit/OGD-500 or OG-575 & OGD-575)

Label the sample tube with your patient's name, date of birth and the date of sample collection.

Note that we do not accept DNA samples isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Read more about our sample requirements here.

Familial lipid disorders such as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are inborn errors of metabolism that result in high levels of blood cholesterol and predispose to myocardial infarctions at an early age. In addition to lethal cardiovascular complications, inherited forms of hypercholesterolemia can also cause health problems related to the buildup of excess cholesterol in other tissues. If cholesterol accumulates in tendons, it causes characteristic growths called tendon xanthomas. These growths most often affect the Achilles tendons and tendons in the hands and fingers. Yellowish cholesterol deposits under the skin of the eyelids are known as xanthelasmata. Cholesterol can also accumulate at the edges of the clear, front surface of the eye (the cornea), leading to a gray-colored ring called an arcus cornealis. Familial hypercholesterolemia is usually an autosomal dominant/recessive disorder caused by mutations in LDLR, APOB, PCSK9 or LDLRAP1. Both APOB and PCSK9 related FH are clinically indistinguishable from heterozygous FH (HeFH) caused by LDLR mutations. Recessive forms of hypercholesterolemia are rare. Of these, FH associated with LDLRAP1 is clinically similar to HeFHs. On the contrary, sitosterolemia, which is caused by ABCG5 and ABCG8 mutations, is a specific form of hyperlipidemia that manifests as hypercholesterolemia and high levels (30-100x normal) of plant sterols (phytosterols) in blood and other tissues. Clinical presentation of sitosterolemia includes xanthomas and coronary artery disease at an early age with conflict between the standard risk factor profile and the disease presentation. The familial lipoprotein lipase (LPL) deficiency (also called type 1 hyperlipoproteinemia) is an autosomal recessive condition distinct from other hyperlipidemias. It usually presents in childhood with very severe hypertriglyceridemia and episodic abdominal pain, recurrent acute pancreatitis, eruptive cutaneous xanthomata, and hepatosplenomegaly.

Genes in the Hyperlipidemia Panel and their clinical significance

Gene Associated phenotypes Inheritance ClinVar HGMD
ABCA1 Tangier disease, ABCA1 deficiency, HDL deficiency, Familial hypoalphalipoproteinemia AD/AR 25 218
ABCG5 Sitosterolemia AR 13 42
ABCG8 Sitosterolemia AR 18 44
ALMS1* Alström syndrome AR 197 302
APOA1 Amyloidosis, systemic nonneuronopathic, Hypoalphalipoproteinemia AD/AR 28 71
APOA5 Hyperchylomicronemia AD/AR 3 61
APOB Hypobetalipoproteinemia, Hypercholesterolemia AD/AR 69 306
APOC2 Hyperlipoproteinemia, type Ib AR 13 22
APOC3 Apolipoprotein C-III deficiency AD 6 8
APOE Sea-blue histiocyte disease, Dysbetalipoproteinemia, familial (Hyperlipoproteinemia), Lipoprotein glomerulopathy AD/AR 31 55
CREB3L3 Hypertriglyceridaemia AD 9
GPIHBP1 Hyperlipoproteinemia, type ID AR 10 31
LDLR Hypercholesterolemia AD/AR 1719 2180
LDLRAP1 Hypercholesterolemia AR 10 23
LIPA Wolman disease, Cholesterol ester storage disease AR 27 93
LMF1 Combined lipase deficiency AR 4 14
LPL Lipoprotein lipase deficiency, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Combined hyperlipidemia, familial AD/AR 44 209
PCSK9 Hypercholesterolemia AD 29 89

* Some, or all, of the gene is duplicated in the genome. Read more.

# The gene has suboptimal coverage (means <90% of the gene’s target nucleotides are covered at >20x with mapping quality score (MQ>20) reads).

The sensitivity to detect variants may be limited in genes marked with an asterisk (*) or number sign (#)

Gene refers to the HGNC approved gene symbol; Inheritance refers to inheritance patterns such as autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR), X-linked (XL), X-linked dominant (XLD) and X-linked recessive (XLR); ClinVar refers to the number of variants in the gene classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic in this database (ClinVar); HGMD refers to the number of variants with possible disease association in the gene listed in Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD). The list of associated, gene specific phenotypes are generated from CGD or Orphanet databases.

Non-coding variants covered by Hyperlipidemia Panel

Gene Genomic location HG19 HGVS RefSeq RS-number
ABCA1 Chr9:107567035 c.4465-34A>G NM_005502.3
ABCA1 Chr9:107571856 c.4176-11T>G NM_005502.3
ABCA1 Chr9:107599404 c.1195-27G>A NM_005502.3 rs200563809
APOA1 Chr11:116708299 c.-21+22G>A NM_000039.1
APOA1 Chr11:116708365 c.-65A>C NM_000039.1
APOC3 Chr11:116701284 c.-13-2A>C NM_000040.1
LDLR Chr19:11199958 c.-267A>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11199997 c.-228G>C NM_000527.4 rs376713337
LDLR Chr19:11200019 c.-206C>T NM_000527.4 rs549995837
LDLR Chr19:11200034 c.-191C>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200037 c.-188C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200038 c.-185_-183delCTT NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200064 c.-161A>C NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200069 c.-156C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200069 c.-155_-154delACinsTTCTGCAAACTCCT NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200072 c.-153C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200073 c.-152C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200076 c.-149C>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200079 c.-146C>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200083 c.-142C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200085 c.-140C>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200085 c.-140C>T NM_000527.4 rs875989887
LDLR Chr19:11200086 c.-139C>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200086 c.-139C>A/G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200087 c.-138T>C NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200088 c.-137C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200089 c.-136C>G/T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200090 c.-135C>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200091 c.-134C>T NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200105 c.-120C>T NM_000527.4 rs875989886
LDLR Chr19:11200124 c.-101T>C NM_000527.4 rs747068848
LDLR Chr19:11200202 c.-23A>C NM_000527.4 rs763282380
LDLR Chr19:11200211 c.-14C>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11200212 c.-13A>G NM_000527.4 rs376011618
LDLR Chr19:11221315 c.941-13T>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11224179 c.1359-31_1359-23delGCGCTGATGinsCGGCT NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11227685 c.1845+11C>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11227689 c.1845+15C>A NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11231284 c.2140+86C>G NM_000527.4
LDLR Chr19:11241945 c.2548-12A>G NM_000527.4 rs771336748
LDLRAP1 Chr1:25891056 c.748-608G>A NM_015627.2
LPL Chr8:19796711 c.-241G>C NM_000237.2 rs540525285
LPL Chr8:19796725 c.-227T>C NM_000237.2
PCSK9 Chr1:55505180 c.-331C>A NM_174936.3 rs778796405

Test Strengths

The strengths of this test include:
  • CAP and ISO-15189 accreditations covering all operations at Blueprint Genetics including all Whole Exome Sequencing, NGS panels and confirmatory testing
  • CLIA-certified personnel performing clinical testing in a CLIA-certified laboratory
  • Powerful sequencing technologies, advanced target enrichment methods and precision bioinformatics pipelines ensure superior analytical performance
  • Careful construction of clinically effective and scientifically justified gene panels
  • Our Nucleus online portal providing transparent and easy access to quality and performance data at the patient level
  • Our publically available analytic validation demonstrating complete details of test performance
  • ~1,500 non-coding disease causing variants in Blueprint WES assay (please see below ‘Non-coding disease causing variants covered by this panel’)
  • Our rigorous variant classification based on modified ACMG variant classification scheme
  • Our systematic clinical interpretation workflow using proprietary software enabling accurate and traceable processing of NGS data
  • Our comprehensive clinical statements

Test Limitations

Genes with partial, or whole gene, segmental duplications in the human genome are marked with an asterisk (*) if they overlap with the UCSC pseudogene regions. The technology may have limited sensitivity to detect variants in genes marked with these symbols (please see the Panel content table above).

This test does not detect the following:
  • Complex inversions
  • Gene conversions
  • Balanced translocations
  • Mitochondrial DNA variants
  • Repeat expansion disorders unless specifically mentioned
  • Non-coding variants deeper than ±20 base pairs from exon-intron boundary unless otherwise indicated (please see above Panel Content / non-coding variants covered by the panel).
This test may not reliably detect the following:
  • Low level mosaicism (variant with a minor allele fraction of 14.6% is detected with 90% probability)
  • Stretches of mononucleotide repeats
  • Indels larger than 50bp
  • Single exon deletions or duplications
  • Variants within pseudogene regions/duplicated segments

The sensitivity of this test may be reduced if DNA is extracted by a laboratory other than Blueprint Genetics.

For additional information, please refer to the Test performance section and see our Analytic Validation.

The Blueprint Genetics hyperlipidemia panel covers classical genes associated with familial hypercholesterolemia, mixed hyperlipidaemia, other hyperlipidaemia, lipoprotein deficiency, disorder of lipoprotein metabolism, unspecified and family history of familial hypercholesterolemia. The genes on the panel have been carefully selected based on scientific literature, mutation databases and our experience.

Our panels are sliced from our high-quality whole exome sequencing data. Please see our sequencing and detection performance table for different types of alterations at the whole exome level (Table).

Assays have been validated for different starting materials including EDTA-blood, isolated DNA (no FFPE), saliva and dry blood spots (filter card) and all provide high-quality results. The diagnostic yield varies substantially depending on the assay used, referring healthcare professional, hospital and country. Blueprint Genetics’ Plus Analysis (Seq+Del/Dup) maximizes the chance to find a molecular genetic diagnosis for your patient although Sequence Analysis or Del/Dup Analysis may be a cost-effective first line test if your patient’s phenotype is suggestive of a specific mutation type.

Performance of Blueprint Genetics Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) assay. All individual panels are sliced from WES data.

Sensitivity % (TP/(TP+FN) Specificity %
Single nucleotide variants 99.65% (412,456/413,893) >99.99%
Insertions, deletions and indels by sequence analysis
1-10 bps 96.94% (17,070/17,608) >99.99%
11-50 bps 99.07% (957/966) >99.99%
Copy number variants (exon level dels/dups)
Clinical samples (small CNVs, n=52)
1 exon level deletion 92.3% (24/26) NA
2 exons level deletion/duplication 100.0% (11/11) NA
3-7 exons level deletion/duplication 93.3% (14/15) NA
Microdeletion/-duplication sdrs (large CNVs, n=37))
Size range (0.1-47 Mb) 100% (37/37)
Simulated CNV detection
2 exons level deletion/duplication 90.98% (7,357/8,086) 99.96%
5 exons level deletion/duplication 98.63% (7,975/8,086) 99.98%
The performance presented above reached by WES with the following coverage metrics
Mean sequencing depth at exome level 174x
Nucleotides with >20x sequencing coverage (%) 99.4%


The target region for each gene includes coding exons and ±20 base pairs from the exon-intron boundary. In addition, the panel includes non-coding variants if listed above (Non-coding variants covered by the panel). Some regions of the gene(s) may be removed from the panel if specifically mentioned in the ‘Test limitations” section above. The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analyzed with our proprietary data analysis and annotation pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results. Our pipeline is streamlined to maximize sensitivity without sacrificing specificity. We have incorporated a number of reference population databases and mutation databases such as, but not limited, to 1000 Genomes Project, gnomAD, ClinVar and HGMD into our clinical interpretation software to make the process effective and efficient. For missense variants, in silico variant prediction tools such as SIFT, PolyPhen, MutationTaster are used to assist with variant classification. Through our online ordering and statement reporting system, Nucleus, the customer has an access to details of the analysis, including patient specific sequencing metrics, a gene level coverage plot and a list of regions with inadequate coverage if present. This reflects our mission to build fully transparent diagnostics where customers have easy access to crucial details of the analysis process.

Clinical interpretation

We provide customers with the most comprehensive clinical report available on the market. Clinical interpretation requires a fundamental understanding of clinical genetics and genetic principles. At Blueprint Genetics, our PhD molecular geneticists, medical geneticists and clinical consultants prepare the clinical statement together by evaluating the identified variants in the context of the phenotypic information provided in the requisition form. Our goal is to provide clinically meaningful statements that are understandable for all medical professionals regardless of whether they have formal training in genetics.

Variant classification is the corner stone of clinical interpretation and resulting patient management decisions. Our classifications follow the Blueprint Genetics Variant Classification Schemes based on the ACMG guideline 2015. Minor modifications were made to increase reproducibility of the variant classification and improve the clinical validity of the report. Our experience with tens of thousands of clinical cases analyzed at our laboratory allowed us to further develop the industry standard.

The final step in the analysis is orthogonal confirmation. Sequence variants classified as pathogenic, likely pathogenic and variants of uncertain significance (VUS) are confirmed using bi-directional Sanger sequencing when they do not meet our stringent NGS quality metrics for a true positive call.
Reported copy number variations with a size <10 exons are confirmed by orthogonal methods such as qPCR if the specific CNV has been seen less than three times at Blueprint Genetics (Plus analysis only).

Our clinical statement includes tables for sequencing and copy number variants that include basic variant information (genomic coordinates, HGVS nomenclature, zygosity, allele frequencies, in silico predictions, OMIM phenotypes and classification of the variant). In addition, the statement includes detailed descriptions of the variant, gene and phenotype(s) including the role of the specific gene in human disease, the mutation profile, information about the gene’s variation in population cohorts and detailed information about related phenotypes. We also provide links to the references used, congress abstracts and mutation databases to help our customers further evaluate the reported findings if desired. The conclusion summarizes all of the existing information and provides our rationale for the classification of the variant.

Identification of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in dominant disorders or their combinations in different alleles in recessive disorders are considered molecular confirmation of the clinical diagnosis. In these cases, family member testing can be used for risk stratification within the family. In the case of variants of uncertain significance (VUS), we do not recommend family member risk stratification based on the VUS result. Furthermore, in the case of VUS, we do not recommend the use of genetic information in patient management or genetic counseling.

Our interpretation team analyzes millions of variants from thousands of individuals with rare diseases. Thus, our database, and our understanding of variants and related phenotypes, is growing by leaps and bounds. Our laboratory is therefore well positioned to re-classify previously reported variants as new information becomes available. If a variant previously reported by Blueprint Genetics is re-classified, our laboratory will issue a follow-up statement to the original ordering health care provider at no additional cost.

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