Comprehensive Pulmonology Panel

Last modified: Mar 21, 2018


  • Is a 67 gene panel that includes assessment of non-coding variants
  • Is ideal for clinically complex patients with pulmonary involvement.

Analysis methods

  • PLUS
  • SEQ


3-4 weeks

Number of genes


Test code


CPT codes

SEQ 81223
SEQ 81406
SEQ 81408
DEL/DUP 81479


The Blueprint Genetics Comprehensive Pulmonology Panel (test code PU0701):

  • Is a 67 gene panel that includes assessment of selected non-coding disease-causing variants
  • Is available as PLUS analysis (sequencing analysis and deletion/duplication analysis), sequencing analysis only or deletion/duplication analysis only

Sample Requirements

  • EDTA blood, min. 1 ml
  • Purified DNA, min. 3μg
  • Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit)

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.

Inherited pulmonary diseases are a group of lung disorders with variable clinical presentation and frequently have significant phenotypic overlap. The diseases can affect the airways (e.g. cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia), parenchyma (pulmonary fibrosis, Birt Hogg Dube syndrome and tuberous sclerosis) and vasculature of the lung. Rare lung diseases generally affect individuals from birth through about age 60. They are in many cases serious, chronic, and can be devastating. Once properly diagnosed, they often require expensive, long-term treatments. The most common genetic respiratory disease is cystic fibrosis. Misdiagnosis can lead to inappropriate care and an increased risk of complications. Genetic diagnostics by NGS offers a rapid approach to correct clinical diagnosis and early and personalized intervention.

Genes in the Comprehensive Pulmonology Panel and their clinical significance

Gene Associated phenotypes Inheritance ClinVar HGMD
ABCA3 Interstitial lung disease, Surfactant metabolism dysfunction, pulmonary AD/AR 11 181
CCDC39 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 16 38
CCDC40 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 19 32
CFTR Cystic fibrosis AR 410 1765
CHAT Myasthenic syndrome, congenital AR 19 68
CHRNA1 Myasthenic syndrome, congenital AD/AR 24 34
CHRNB1 Myasthenic syndrome AD/AR 7 8
CHRND Myasthenic syndrome AD/AR 17 22
CHRNE Myasthenic syndrome AD/AR 34 126
COLQ Myasthenic syndrome, congenital AR 16 66
CSF2RA* Surfactant metabolism dysfunction, pulmonary XL 2 17
CSF2RB Surfactant metabolism dysfunction, pulmonary, 5 AR 2 5
DKC1 Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome, Dyskeratosis congenita XL 47 71
DNAAF1 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 9 30
DNAAF2 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 6 3
DNAH1 Spermatogenic failure 18 AR 6 25
DNAH5 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 60 141
DNAH11* Ciliary dyskinesia AR 30 90
DNAI1 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 12 28
DNAI2 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 11 6
DNAL1 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 3 1
EDN3 Hirschsprung disease, Central hypoventilation syndrome, congenital, Waardenburg syndrome AD/AR 6 21
EFEMP2 Cutis laxa AR 12 15
ELMOD2 Familial idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis AD/AR
ELN Cutis laxa, Supravalvular aortic stenosis AD 64 104
FBLN5 Cutis laxa, Macular degeneration, age-related AD/AR 13 21
FLCN Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, Pneumothorax, primary spontaneous AD 127 183
FOXF1 Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins AD 9 101
GAS8 Ciliary dyskinesia, primary, 33 AR 3 6
GLRA1 Hyperekplexia AD/AR 34 67
HPS1* Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome AR 27 45
HPS4 Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome AR 15 18
ITGA3 Interstitial lung disease with nephrotic syndrome and epidermolysis bullosa AR 6 11
LTBP4 Cutis laxa with severe pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and urinary abnormalities AR 9 16
MECP2 Angelman-like syndrome, Autism, Rett syndrome, Encephalopathy, Mental retardation XL 465 968
NAF1 2
NF1* Watson syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Neurofibromatosis-Noonan syndrome AD 592 2681
NKX2-1 Thyroid cancer, nonmedullary, Choreoathetosis, hypothyroidism, and neonatal respiratory distress AD 19 132
NME8 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 1 5
PARN* Pulmonary fibrosis and/or bone marrow failure, Dyskeratosis congenita AD/AR 15 24
PHOX2B Central hypoventilation syndrome, congenital, Neuroblastoma, susceptiblity to, Neuroblastoma with Hirschsprung disease AD 6 78
PIH1D3# Ciliary dyskinesia, primary, 36 2 11
RAPSN Myasthenic syndrome, congenital AR 21 58
RET Hirschsprung disease, Central hypoventilation syndrome, congenital, Pheochromocytoma, Medullary thyroid carcinoma, Multiple endocrine neoplasia AD/AR 82 393
RSPH3 Ciliary dyskinesia, primary, 32 AR 5 5
RSPH4A Ciliary dyskinesia AR 8 21
RSPH9 Ciliary dyskinesia AR 4 11
RTEL1 Pulmonary fibrosis and/or bone marrow failure, Dyskeratosis congenita AD/AR 32 44
SCN4A Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, Myotonia, potassium-aggravated, Paramyotonia congenita, Myasthenic syndrome, congenital, Normokalemic potassium-sensitive periodic paralysis AD/AR 57 110
SCNN1A Pseudohypoaldosteronism, Bronchiectasis with or without elevated sweat chloride AR/Digenic (with CFTR or other SCCN1 genes) 7 40
SCNN1B Liddle syndrome, Pseudohypoaldosteronism, Bronchiectasis with or without elevated sweat chloride AD/AR 14 45
SERPINA1 Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency AR 46 79
SFTPA1 Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis AD
SFTPA2 Pulmonary fibrosis, idiopathic AD 2 5
SFTPB Surfactant metabolism dysfunction, pulmonary AR 5 27
SFTPC Surfactant metabolism dysfunction, pulmonary AD 7 77
SLC6A5 Hyperekplexia AR 12 33
SLC7A7 Lysinuric protein intolerance AR 52 66
SLC34A2 Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis AR 5 19
SMPD1 Niemann-Pick disease AR 81 238
STAT3 Hyper-IgE recurrent infection syndrome, Autoimmune disease, multisystem, infantile onset AD 43 145
TERC Aplastic anemia, Pulmonary fibrosis and/or bone marrow failure, telomere-related, Dyskeratosis congenita AD 37 67
TERT Aplastic anemia, Pulmonary fibrosis and/or bone marrow failure, telomere-related, Dyskeratosis congenita AD/AR 44 149
TINF2 Revesz syndrome, Dyskeratosis congenita AD 23 34
TSC1 Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Tuberous sclerosis AD 106 336
TSC2 Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Tuberous sclerosis AD 260 1093
ZEB2* Mowat-Wilson syndrome AD 117 270

* 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 the panel

Gene Genomic location HG19 HGVS RefSeq RS-number
ABCA3 Chr16:2376495 c.-26-2A>G NM_001089.2
ABCA3 Chr16:2358644 c.1112-20G>A NM_001089.2 rs746701685
ABCA3 Chr16:2333457 c.3863-98C>T NM_001089.2 rs189077405
CCDC39 Chr3:180367941 c.1167+1248A>G NM_181426.1
CFTR Chr7:117119984 c.-165G>A NM_000492.3 rs145483167
CFTR Chr7:117119900 c.-249G>C NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117120115 c.-34C>T NM_000492.3 rs756314710
CFTR Chr7:117119654 c.-495C>T NM_000492.3 rs397507565
CFTR Chr7:117120064 c.-85C>G NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117199500 c.1393-18G>A NM_000492.3 rs397508199
CFTR Chr7:117227774 c.1585-19T>C NM_000492.3 rs778457306
CFTR Chr7:117218381 c.1585-9412A>G NM_000492.3 rs397508229
CFTR Chr7:117229530 c.1680-877G>T NM_000492.3 rs397508261
CFTR Chr7:117229524 c.1680-883A>G NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117229521 c.1680-886A>G NM_000492.3 rs397508266
CFTR Chr7:117243855 c.2908+19G>C NM_000492.3 rs370683572
CFTR Chr7:117246713 c.2909-15T>G NM_000492.3 rs397508455
CFTR Chr7:117246840 c.2988+33G>T NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117251624 c.3140-11A>G NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117251609 c.3140-26A>G NM_000492.3 rs76151804
CFTR Chr7:117266272 c.3469-1304C>G NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117267864 c.3717+40A>G NM_000492.3 rs397508595
CFTR Chr7:117280015 c.3718-2477C>T NM_000492.3 rs75039782
CFTR Chr7:117282680 c.3873+33A>G NM_000492.3 rs397508622
CFTR Chr7:117288374 c.3874-4522A>G NM_000492.3
CFTR Chr7:117120325 c.53+124T>C NM_000492.3
CHRNE Chr17:4806452 c.-94G>A NM_000080.3
CHRNE Chr17:4806453 c.-95G>A NM_000080.3
CHRNE Chr17:4806454 c.-96C>T NM_000080.3 rs748144899
CHRNE Chr17:4804936 c.501-16G>A NM_000080.3
DKC1 ChrX:153991100 c.-141C>G NM_001363.3
DKC1 ChrX:153991099 c.-142C>G NM_001363.3 rs199422241
DKC1 ChrX:153993704 c.85-15T>C NM_001363.3
EDN3 Chr20:57875743 c.-125G>A NM_000114.2
EDN3 Chr20:57875849 c.-19C>A NM_000114.2 rs375594972
ELN Chr7:73480347 c.2272+20C>G NM_001278939.1
ITGA3 Chr17:48151801 c.1383-11T>A NM_005501.2
NF1 Chr17:29422056 c.-272G>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29422055 c.-273A>C NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29530107 c.1260+1604A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29533239 c.1261-19G>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29534143 c.1392+754T>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29488136 c.288+2025T>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29577934 c.4110+1802delA NM_001042492.2 rs863224944
NF1 Chr17:29577082 c.4110+945A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29580296 c.4173+278A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29654479 c.5269-38A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29656858 c.5610-456G>T NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29657848 c.5812+332A>G NM_001042492.2 rs863224491
NF1 Chr17:29508428 c.587-12T>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29508426 c.587-14T>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29664375 c.6428-11T>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29664618 c.6642+18A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29676126 c.7190-12T>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29685481 c.7971-17C>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29685177 c.7971-321C>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29685665 c.8113+25A>T NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29510334 c.888+651T>A NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29510427 c.888+744A>G NM_001042492.2
NF1 Chr17:29510472 c.888+789A>G NM_001042492.2
PARN Chr16:14724045 c.-165+2C>T NM_001134477.2
RAPSN Chr11:47470715 c.-199C>G NM_005055.4
RAPSN Chr11:47470726 c.-210A>G NM_005055.4 rs786200905
RAPSN Chr11:47469717 c.193-15C>A NM_005055.4
RET Chr10:43613947 c.2392+19T>C NM_020975.4 rs778745375
SERPINA1 Chr14:94854896 c.-5+1G>A NM_000295.4 rs775786225
TERC Chr3:169482870 n.-22C>T NR_001566.1
TERC Chr3:169482906 NR_001566.1
TERT Chr5:1295161 c.-57A>C NM_198253.2
TSC2 Chr16:2098067 c.-30+1G>C NM_000548.3 rs587778004
TSC2 Chr16:2127477 c.2838-122G>A NM_000548.3
TSC2 Chr16:2138031 c.5069-18A>G NM_000548.3 rs45484794
TSC2 Chr16:2110656 c.976-15G>A NM_000548.3 rs45517150
ZEB2 Chr2:145274987 c.-69-1G>A NM_014795.3

Added and removed genes from the panel

Genes added Genes removed

Test strength

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
  • 1479 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 suboptimal coverage in our assay are marked with number sign (#) and 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. Gene is considered to have suboptimal coverage when >90% of the gene's target nucleotides are not covered at >20x with mapping quality score (MQ>20) reads. 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
  • 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 comprehensive pulmonology panel covers classical genes associated with inherited pulmonary disease. 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 of sequence variants is confirmation of variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic using bi-directional Sanger sequencing. Variant(s) fulfilling all of the following criteria are not Sanger confirmed: 1) the variant quality score is above the internal threshold for a true positive call, 2) an unambiguous IGV in-line with the variant call and 3) previous Sanger confirmation of the same variant at least three times at Blueprint Genetics. Reported variants of uncertain significance are confirmed with bi-directional Sanger sequencing only if the quality score is below our internally defined quality score for 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.

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. For eligible cases, Blueprint Genetics offers a no charge service to investigate the role of reported VUS (VUS Clarification Service).

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.