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Test Id : MPS3W

Mucopolysaccharidosis III, Four-Enzyme Panel, Leukocytes

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Supporting the biochemical diagnosis of mucopolysaccharidoses types IIIA, IIIB, IIIC, IIID


This test is not useful for carrier detection.

Genetics Test Information
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Method Name
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Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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MPS III (Four) Panel, WBC

Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Acetyl-CoA:glucosamine acetyltransferase


Heparan-alpha-glucosaminide N-acetyltransferase


Heparan sulfate sulfatase








N-acetyl glucosamine-6-sulfatase




Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Whole Blood ACD

Shipping Instructions

For optimal isolation of leukocytes, it is recommended the specimen arrive refrigerated within 6 days of collection to be stabilized. Collect specimen Monday through Thursday only and not the day before a holiday. Specimen should be collected and packaged as close to shipping time as possible.

Necessary Information

1. Patient's age is required.

2. Reason for testing is required.


Question ID Description Answers
BG767 Reason for Referral Rule out MPS III
Follow up of known MPS IIIA
Follow up of known MPS IIIB
Follow up of known MPS IIIC
Follow up of known MPS IIID
Not Provided

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing


Preferred: Yellow top (ACD solution B)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD solution A) or lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 6 mL

Collection Instructions: Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.

Special Instructions
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1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602)

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Biochemical Genetics Test Request (T798) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

5 mL

Reject Due To
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Gross hemolysis Reject

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood ACD Refrigerated (preferred) 6 days
Ambient 6 days

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Supporting the biochemical diagnosis of mucopolysaccharidoses types IIIA, IIIB, IIIC, IIID


This test is not useful for carrier detection.

Genetics Test Information
Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Mucopolysaccharidosis III (MPS III; Sanfilippo syndrome) is caused by reduced or absent activity of 1 of 4 enzymes involved in heparan sulfate degradation. Patients with MPS III uniformly excrete heparan sulfate resulting in similar clinical phenotypes and are further classified as type A, B, C, or D based upon the specific enzyme deficiency. MPS III is characterized by severe central nervous system (CNS) degeneration but only mild physical disease. Such disproportionate involvement of the CNS is unique among the MPS. Onset of clinical features, most commonly behavioral problems and delayed development, usually occurs between 2 and 6 years of age in a child who previously appeared normal. Severe neurologic degeneration occurs in most patients by 6 to 10 years of age accompanied by a rapid deterioration of social and adaptive skills with death generally occurring by their 20s. The occurrence of MPS III varies by subtype with types A and B being the most common and types C and D being very rare. The collective incidence is approximately 1 in 58,000 live births. This assay detects all MPSIII types (MPS IIIA, IIIB, IIIC, and IIID).


A diagnostic workup for MPS typically also includes GAG determination in urine (MPSQU / Mucopolysaccharides Quantitative, Random, Urine) or blood (MPSBS / Mucopolysaccharidosis, Blood Spot, or MPSER / Mucopolysaccharides Quantitative, Serum) and molecular genetic analysis of the relevant gene(s). For MPS III, a molecular panel is available that includes SGSH, NAGLU, GNS, HGSNAT (CGPH / Custom Gene Panel, Hereditary, Next-Generation Sequencing, Varies; specify Gene List ID: IEMCP-7YM613).

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


>0.13 nmol/hour/mg protein



>0.09 nmol/hour/mg protein



>0.24 nmol/hour/mg protein



>0.03 nmol/hour/mg protein


An interpretive report will be provided.

Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Abnormal results are not sufficient to establish a diagnosis of a particular disease. To verify a preliminary diagnosis based on this assay, additional biochemical or molecular genetic analyses are required.


When abnormal results are detected, a detailed interpretation is given, including an overview of the results and of their significance, a correlation to available clinical information, elements of differential diagnosis, recommendations for additional biochemical testing and in vitro confirmatory studies (enzyme assay, molecular analysis), and a phone number to reach one of the laboratory directors in case the referring physician has additional questions.

Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Individuals with pseudodeficiency alleles can show reduced enzyme activity.


Carrier status (heterozygosity) for these conditions cannot be reliably detected.


Enzyme levels may be normal in individuals receiving enzyme replacement therapy or who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Neufeld EF, Muenzer J. The mucopolysaccharidoses. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; Accessed July 18, 2023. https://ommbid.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2709&sectionid=225544161

2. Hopwood JJ, Ballabio A. Multiple sulfatase deficiency and the nature of the sulfatase family. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; Accessed July 18, 2023. https://ommbid.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2709&sectionid=225546905

Method Description
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Leukocytes are incubated with four cocktail mixes: 1) substrate and internal standard (IS) for iduronate 2-sulfatase, heparan N-sulfatase, alpha-N-acetylglucosaminidase, N-acetylgalactosamine-sulfate, beta-galactosidase, arylsulfatase B, beta-glucuronidase, and tripeptidyl peptidase 1; 2) substrate and IS for acetyl-CoA:alpha-glucosaminide N-acetyltransferase; 3) substrate and IS for N-acetylglucosamine-6-sulfatase; and 4) substrate and IS for palmitoyl-protein thioesterase 1 in 96-well plates. Following overnight incubation, the plates are combined and purified by liquid-liquid extraction. The extracts are evaporated, reconstituted with mobile phase, and analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Preanalytical processing: Monday through Saturday

Testing performed: Tuesday

Report Available
The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

8 to 15 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

WBC homogenate: 1 month

Performing Laboratory Location
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Test Classification
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This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
MPS3W MPS III (Four) Panel, WBC 104072-4
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
BG767 Reason for Referral 42349-1
618456 Heparan-N-sulfatase 24086-1
618457 N-acetyl-alpha-D-glucosaminidase 24092-9
618458 Heparan-alpha-glucosaminide N-acetyltransferase 24044-0
618459 N-acetylglucosamine-6-sulfatase 24098-6
618460 Interpretation 59462-2
618455 Reviewed By 18771-6

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Sample Reports
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SI Sample Reports
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