Apolipoprotein E (APOE) 2 Mutations, Cardiovascular Risk (INACTIVE as of 07/05/16: Refer to May 2016 Hot Line for Replacement Test: 2013337, ACTIVE 07/05/16)
Ordering Recommendation
Polymerase Chain Reaction/Fluorescence Monitoring
Mon, Thu
2-7 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or yellow (ACD Solution A or B). 
Specimen Preparation
Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Homozygous apo e3 (e3/e3): This genotype is the most common (normal) genotype.
Interpretive Data
Background Information for Apolipoprotein E (APOE) 2 Mutations, Cardiovascular Risk
Hyperlipoproteinemia III (HPL III) is characterized by increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, presence of B-VLDL, xanthomas, and premature vascular disease including coronary heart disease (CHD) and peripheral artery disease.
Incidence of HPL III: Approximately 1 in 5,000.
Inheritance: Autosomal recessive.
Penetrance: 1 to 5 percent of individuals homozygous for the E2 allele and 26 percent of those heterozygous for both E2 and familial hypercholesterolemia will develop symptoms.
Cause: The E2 isoform binds the lipoprotein receptors with only 2 percent of the affinity of E3 and E4 resulting in impaired clearance of chylomicron and VLDL remnants and increased plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Mutations Tested: E2, E3 (normal) and E4 alleles of the apolipoprotein E gene.
Clinical Sensitivity: About 5 percent of individuals with premature CHD are homozygous for E2.
Methodology: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescence monitoring using hybridization probes.
Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity: 99 percent.
Limitations: Rare isoforms of APOE will not be detected. If rare alleles are suspected, phenotyping by isoelectric focusing may be indicated. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations.

This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Compliance Statement C: The performance characteristics of this test were validated by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test. However, FDA approval or clearance is currently not required for clinical use of this test. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions. ARUP is authorized under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and by all states to perform high-complexity testing. Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.

This test is for cardiovascular risk assessment only and must not be ordered for assessing Alzheimer disease in a demented patient.  Athena Neurosciences, Inc. is the exclusive licensee of U.S. Patent No. 5,508,167 for the Alzheimer risk assessment.

This test is not recommended for nonsymptomatic patients under 18 years of age.
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0055566Apo E for Cardiovascular Risk21619-2
2001298APO E Specimen31208-2
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