Heritable Liver Disease Genetic Testing
Liver Disease Test Catalog | BAAT Gene Sequencing

BAAT Gene Sequencing


Familial hypercholanemia


Mutations in BAAT are associated with familial hypercholanemia, which is inherited as an autosomal recessive condition. Familial hypercholanemia is primarily seen in patients of Amish descent, and is characterized by elevated serum bile acids, pruritus, and fat malabsorption.


  • Familial hypercholanemia
  • Malabsorption of lipids

Testing Methodology

Testing may be performed by Sanger sequencing of the entire coding regions and intron/exon boundaries of the BAAT gene or by enrichment of the exons, flanking intronic and un-translated regions (5’ and 3’) of the BAAT gene using TruSeq Custom Amplicon enrichment technology followed by next-generation sequencing Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Test Sensitivity

The sensitivity of Sanger sequencing is over 99% for the detection of nucleotide base changes, small deletions and insertions in the regions analyzed. Mutations in regulatory regions or other untranslated regions are not detected by this test. Large deletions involving entire single exons or multiple exons, large insertions and other complex genetic events have been reported in many of these genes and will not be identified using this test methodology. Rare primer site variants may lead to erroneous results.

The predicted sensitivity of Next-Generation Sequencing is approximately 98% for the detection of nucleotide base changes or homozygous deletions in the coding exons and exon/intron boundaries of the five genes analyzed. Mutations are confirmed by targeted sequencing of the fragment(s) containing the mutation(s). Heterozygous deletions, insertions, genetic recombination events, as well as mutations in regulatory regions or other untranslated regions are not detected by this test.

If the patient has received a liver transplant or recent blood transfusion, donor DNA may be present in the blood along with patient DNA (chimerism). In this case, additional testing may be required to rule out chimerism.

Turnaround Time

28 days

How to Order

Testing for this gene is available as part of the Cholestasis panel by next-generation sequencing. Single gene sequencing, deletion/duplication analysis and familial mutation analysis are also available for this gene. Download Heritable Liver Disease requisition.


Carlton, V.E.H., B.Z. Harris, et al. (2003) "Complex Inheritance of Familial Hypercholanemia with Associated Mutations in TJP2 and BAAT." Nature Genetics 34(1): 91-6.