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SCN2B Mutation Analysis

SCN2B gene encodes the sodium channel subunit beta-2 precursor. The sodium channel consists of a pore-forming alpha subunit, beta-1 and beta-2 subunits. Beta-1 is non-covalently associated with alpha, while beta-2 is covalently linked by disulfide bonds. The subunit beta-2 causes an increase in the plasma membrane surface area and in its folding into microvilli. Interacts with TNR may play a crucial role in clustering and regulation of activity of sodium channels at nodes of Ranvier. SCN2B gene contains four exons spanning 14 kb of genomic distance that has been mapped to chromosome 11q23. Mutations in this gene have been linked to Brugada syndrome and atrial fibrillation (AF). SCN2B mutations demonstrate autosomal dominant inheritance with a broad range of clinical severity both within and between families.

The John Welsh Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory offers molecular genetic testing for SCN2B mutations. Individuals are tested by automatic fluorescent DNA sequencing of the coding exons of the SCN2B gene. We strongly recommend initial testing of a clearly affected individual, if available, in order to provide the greatest test sensitivity and clearest interpretation of results for subsequent family members. Genetic counseling is recommended for all individuals.

Reasons for Referral

Molecular confirmation of the diagnosis of Brugada syndrome and atrial fibrillation (AF).


Genomic DNA is analyzed for SCN2B mutations by automatic fluorescent DNA sequencing of the coding exons of the SCN2B gene, as well as the exon/intron junctions and a portion of the 5' and 3' untranslated regions. Patient DNA is sequenced in both the forward and reverse orientations. If a mutation is identified, additional family members are analyzed only for the familial mutation by automatic fluorescent DNA sequencing.

Service Fees

Service Direct and Institutional Billing CPT Codes
Index Case (Full Gene) $700 per sample 81404, G0452
Additional Family Members $300 per sample; known familial mutation only 81403, G0452


DNA Sequencing Analysis: Approximately 99 percent detection of mutations in coding exons 1-4 of SCN2B.

Specimen Requirements

Blood (preferred): EDTA (purple-top) tubes: Adult: 5 cc, Child: 5 cc, Infant: 2-3 cc
Tissue: Frozen (preferred), RNAlater, Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded
Other Body Fluids: Call to inquire
Buccal Swabs: One swab from each cheek

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