JAK2 V617F Mutation Analysis


Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2) is a cytoplasmic tryosine kinase that mediates signals from cytokine receptors. A point mutation in codon 617 (GTC<TTC), resulting in the phenylalanine for valine substitution in the regulatory domain of the JAK2 kinase, confers growth factor-independent activity. This mutation is frequently present in Myeloproliferative Disorders that are not associated with a Philadelphia chromosome. Approximately 80% of Polycythemia and 30-50% of Essential Thrombocythemia and Chronic Idiopathic Myelofibrosis patients have a heterozygous or homozygous V617F mutation in the progenitor cells that give rise to the myeloid, erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages. The JAK2 V617F mutation has also been found in smaller numbers of other Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative disorders, including some "atypical" cases. The mutation is somatic in the majority of cases, and can be found in a subset of peripheral myeloid cells, but not in T-cells or in non-hematopoietic cells.

Clinical Utility

JAK2 V617F mutation is present in myeloproliferative neoplasms (Polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis) and some other myeloid neoplasms. The test can be done for confirmation of clinical diagnosis or presymptomatic testing.


The JAK2 V617F c.1849G>T mutation is detected by means of an allele-specific PCR assay. This is a qualitative test and reported as positive or negative.

Specimen Requirements

  1. Peripheral Blood: 3-5 ml, collected in EDTA (purple top) tube, store at room temperature 24 hours
  2. Bone Marrow: 0.5-1 ml, collected in EDTA (purple top)tube, store at room temperature, 24 hours
  3. Unacceptable Specimens: Frozen blood or bone marrow specimens are unacceptable as are tissue samples that have undergone a freeze/thaw cycle(s).



Turnaround time

Within 7-10 business days of receipt



Shipment Must Include

Requisition form
Patient pathology report


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