Test Catalog

Test Id : ALPRT

Alport (Collagen IV Alpha 5 and Alpha 2) Immunofluorescent Stain, Renal Biopsy

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

Assisting in the diagnosis of hereditary nephritis (Alport syndrome)

Special Instructions
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Method Name
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Direct Immunofluorescence

NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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ALPORT Immunofluorescence

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Specimen Type
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Shipping Instructions

1. Advise shipping specimens in Styrofoam transportation coolers to avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures to ensure specimens are received at required specimen stability temperature.

2. Attach the green pathology address label included in the kit to the outside of the transport container.

Necessary Information

A pathology/diagnostic report is required.

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

Preferred: Frozen tissue

Supplies: Renal Biopsy Kit (T231)

Specimen Type: Kidney tissue

Container/Tube: Transport medium (Michel's or Zeus media), frozen tissue

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect specimens according to the instructions in Renal Biopsy Procedure for Handling Tissue for Light Microscopy, Immunofluorescent Histology, and Electron Microscopy.

2. If standard immunoglobulin and complement immunofluorescence has already been performed, submit the residual frozen tissue (must contain glomeruli) on dry ice.


Acceptable: Frozen tissue

Slides: 2 Frozen tissue unstained positively charged glass slides (25-x75-x1-mm) per test ordered; sections 4-microns thick, submitted on dry ice


Specimen Type: Skin tissue

Container/Tube: Transport medium (Michel's or Zeus media)

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions: Submit punch biopsy in Zeus/Michel's media.

Special Instructions
Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test


1. Renal Biopsy Patient Information

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Renal Diagnostics Test Request (T830) with the specimen.

Reject Due To
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All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Special Frozen (preferred)

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

Assisting in the diagnosis of hereditary nephritis (Alport syndrome)

Clinical Information
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Alport syndrome is a hereditary disease of basement membrane collagen type IV. Variants in collagen IV alpha genes cause characteristic abnormal immunofluorescence staining patterns within the glomerular basement membrane. Alport syndrome is characterized by hematuria, proteinuria, progressive kidney failure, and high-tone sensorineural hearing loss.

Reference Values
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An interpretive report will be provided.

Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

This test, (when not accompanied by a pathology consultation request) will be reported as:

1) Normal pattern

2) Consistent with X-linked hereditary nephritis

3) Consistent with autosomal hereditary nephritis


If additional interpretation or analysis is needed, request PATHC / Pathology Consultation along with this test and send the corresponding renal pathology light microscopy and immunofluorescence (IF) slides (or IF images on a CD), electron microscopy images (prints or CD), and the pathology report.

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

Approximately one-third of patients with established hereditary nephritis based on typical ultrastructural findings and family history show loss of glomerular basement membrane or epidermal basement membrane staining for the alpha 5 chain of type IV collagen. Therefore, a normal staining pattern does not exclude the diagnosis of hereditary nephritis.


Because alpha 3 and alpha 4 chains of type IV collagen are not expressed in the epidermal basement membranes, patients with autosomal hereditary nephritis have preserved staining for alpha 5 on epidermal basement membranes and, therefore, skin biopsy cannot exclude autosomal hereditary nephritis.

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

1. Kagawa M, Kishiro Y, Naito I, et al: Epitope-defined monoclonal antibodies against type-IV collagen for diagnosis of Alport's syndrome. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1997 Jun;12(6):1238-1241

2. Hashimura Y, Nozu K, Nakanishi K, et al: Milder clinical aspects of X-linked Alport syndrome in men positive for the collagen IV alpha 5 chain. Kidney Int. 2014;85(5):1208-1213

3. Kamiyoshi N, Nozu K, Fu XJ, et al: Genetic, clinical, and pathologic backgrounds of patients with autosomal dominant Alport syndrome. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Aug 8;11(8):1441-1449

4. Said SM, Fidler ME, Valeri AM, et al: Negative staining for COL4A5 correlates with worse prognosis and more severe ultrastructural alterations in males with Alport syndrome. Kidney Int Rep. 2016; Sep 29;2(1):44-52

Special Instructions
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Method Description
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Direct immunofluorescence staining on sections of fresh/frozen tissue.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Monday through Friday

Report Available
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1 to 2 days

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. This test 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
ALPRT ALPORT Immunofluorescence In Process
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.
71285 Interpretation 50595-8
71268 Participated in the Interpretation No LOINC Needed
71272 Material Received 81178-6
71271 Gross Description 22634-0
71269 Report electronically signed by 19139-5
71270 Addendum 35265-8
71619 Disclaimer 62364-5
71848 Case Number 80398-1

Test Setup Resources

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Sample Reports
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SI Sample Reports
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