Vitreoretinopathy Panel

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Summary
  • Is a 24 gene panel that includes assessment of non-coding variants
  • Is ideal for patients with a clinical suspicion / diagnosis of vitreoretinopathy. The genes on this panel are included in the Retinal Dystropy Panel.

Analysis methods
  • PLUS
Availability

4 weeks

Number of genes

24

Test code

OP0701

Panel size

Small

CPT codes
81479

Summary

The Blueprint Genetics Vitreoretinopathy Panel (test code OP0701):

ICD codes

Commonly used ICD-10 code(s) when ordering the Vitreoretinopathy Panel

ICD-10 Disease
Q89.8 Stickler syndrome
H35.50 Norrie disease
Q14.1 X-linked retinoschisis
H35.50 Wagner disease
H35.00 Vitreoretinopathy
H35.50 Snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration
H35.029 Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy
Q15.8 Knobloch syndrome
H35.50 Goldmann-Favre syndrome

Sample Requirements

  • Blood (min. 1ml) in an EDTA tube
  • Extracted DNA, min. 2 μg in TE buffer or equivalent
  • Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit/OGD-500 or OG-575 & OGD-575)

Label the sample tube with your patient's name, date of birth and the date of sample collection.

Note that we do not accept DNA samples isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Read more about our sample requirements here.

Please include fundus photographs, electroretinogram (ERG) findings, visual field findings and visual acuity, if available, for expert review and clinical correlation with test results

Vitreoretinal diseases are characterised by the degeneration of the vitreous and retina of the eye. Several types of vitreoretinopathies exist giving rise to a spectrum of phenotypic presentations such as retinal detachment, optically empty vitreous, fibrillary condensation, cataract, and neovascularization. The condition includes familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration, Norrie disease, Wagner syndrome, Stickler syndrome and Knobloch syndrome. The vitreoretinopathies may be inherited in an autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, or X-linked manner. For instance, autosomal dominant familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is caused by mutations in FZD4LRP5 has been associated with both autosomal dominant and recessive cases and NDP with X-linked FEVR. The clinical presentation and the disease course can be highly variable. The prevalence of FEVR is unknown, but it is a rare disorder.

Genes in the Vitreoretinopathy Panel and their clinical significance

Gene Associated phenotypes Inheritance ClinVar HGMD
ATOH7 Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, autosomal recessive AR 4 9
BEST1 Vitreoretinochoroidopathy, Microcornea, Rod-cone dystrophy, Posterior staphyloma, Bestrophinopathy, Vitelliform macular dystrophy, Cataract, Retinitis pigmentosa, Macular dystrophy, vitelliform, adult-onset, Retinitis pigmentosa 50, Macular dystrophy, vitelliform 2, Best macular dystrophy, Bestrophinopathy, autosomal recessive AD/AR 62 318
CAPN5 Vitreoretinopathy, neovascular inflammatory AD 3 12
COL11A1 Marshall syndrome, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 2 AD/AR 34 94
COL11A2 Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome, Deafness, Otospondylomegaepiphyseal dysplasia, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 3 (non-ocular) AD/AR 29 57
COL18A1 Knobloch syndrome AR 27 31
COL2A1 Avascular necrosis of femoral head, Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, Epiphyseal dysplasia, with myopia and deafness, Czech dysplasia, Achondrogenesis type 2, Platyspondylic dysplasia Torrance type, Hypochondrogenesis, Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SEDC), Spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia (SEMD) Strudwick type, Kniest dysplasia, Spondyloperipheral dysplasia, Mild SED with premature onset arthrosis, SED with metatarsal shortening, Stickler syndrome type 1 AD 180 561
COL9A1 Stickler syndrome recessive type, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 6 (EDM6) AR 9 6
COL9A2 Stickler syndrome, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 2 (EDM2) AD/AR 7 12
COL9A3 Multiple epihyseal dysplasia type 3 (EDM3) AD/AR 10 14
CTC1 Cerebroretinal microangiopathy with calcifications and cysts AR 21 33
CTNNB1 Exudative vitreoretinopathy 7, Mental retardation, autosomal dominant 19 AD 90 51
FZD4 Retinopathy of prematurity, Exudative vitreoretinopathy AD/Digenic 14 90
KCNJ13 Snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 6 10
KIF11 Microcephaly AD 39 69
LRP5* Van Buchem disease, Osteoporosis-pseudoglioma syndrome, Hyperostosis, endosteal, Osteosclerosis, Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Osteopetrosis late-onset form type 1, LRP5 primary osteoporosis AD/AR/Digenic 57 196
NDP Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Norrie disease XL 31 167
NR2E3 Retinitis pigmentosa, Enhanced S-cone syndrome AD/AR 19 77
P3H2 Myopia, high, with cataract and vitreoretinal degeneration AR 7 7
RCBTB1 Retinal dystrophy with or without extraocular anomalies (RDEOA), Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy 6 9
RS1 Retinoschisis XL 44 262
TSPAN12 Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Retinal dysplasia and severe familial exudative vitreoretinopathy AD/AR 16 51
VCAN Wagner disease AD 11 19
ZNF408 Exudative vitreoretinopathy 6, Retinitis pigmentosa 72 AD/AR 3 9

* Some, or all, of the gene is duplicated in the genome. Read more.

# The gene has suboptimal coverage (means <90% of the gene’s target nucleotides are covered at >20x with mapping quality score (MQ>20) reads).

The sensitivity to detect variants may be limited in genes marked with an asterisk (*) or number sign (#)

Gene refers to the HGNC approved gene symbol; Inheritance refers to inheritance patterns such as autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR), X-linked (XL), X-linked dominant (XLD) and X-linked recessive (XLR); ClinVar refers to the number of variants in the gene classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic in this database (ClinVar); HGMD refers to the number of variants with possible disease association in the gene listed in Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD). The list of associated, gene specific phenotypes are generated from CGD or Orphanet databases.

Non-coding variants covered by Vitreoretinopathy Panel

Gene Genomic location HG19 HGVS RefSeq RS-number
BEST1 Chr11:61717900 c.-29+1G>T NM_001139443.1
BEST1 Chr11:61717904 c.-29+5G>A NM_001139443.1
COL11A1 Chr1:103386637 c.3744+437T>G NM_080629.2
COL11A1 Chr1:103488576 c.1027-24A>G NM_080629.2
COL11A1 Chr1:103491958 c.781-450T>G NM_080629.2 rs587782990
COL2A1 Chr12:48379984 c.1527+135G>A NM_001844.4
NDP ChrX:43818099 c.-207-1G>A NM_000266.3
NDP ChrX:43832545 c.-208+5G>A NM_000266.3
NDP ChrX:43832548 c.-208+2T>G NM_000266.3
NDP ChrX:43832549 c.-208+1G>A NM_000266.3
NDP ChrX:43832685 c.-343A>G NM_000266.3 rs895911086
NDP ChrX:43832722 c.-391_-380delCTCTCTCTCCCTinsGTCTCTC NM_000266.3
NDP ChrX:43832724 c.-396_-383delTCCCTCTCTCTCTC NM_000266.3 rs770996360

Added and removed genes from the panel

Genes added Genes removed
RCBTB1

Test Strengths

The strengths of this test include:
  • CAP and ISO-15189 accredited laboratory
  • CLIA-certified personnel performing clinical testing in a CLIA-certified laboratory
  • Powerful sequencing technologies, advanced target enrichment methods and precision bioinformatics pipelines ensure superior analytical performance
  • Careful construction of clinically effective and scientifically justified gene panels
  • Our Nucleus online portal providing transparent and easy access to quality and performance data at the patient level
  • Our publicly available analytic validation demonstrating complete details of test performance
  • ~2,000 non-coding disease causing variants in our clinical grade NGS assay for panels (please see below ‘Non-coding disease causing variants covered by this panel’)
  • Our rigorous variant classification scheme
  • Our systematic clinical interpretation workflow using proprietary software enabling accurate and traceable processing of NGS data
  • Our comprehensive clinical statements

Test Limitations

Genes with partial, or whole gene, segmental duplications in the human genome are marked with an asterisk (*) if they overlap with the UCSC pseudogene regions. The technology may have limited sensitivity to detect variants in genes marked with these symbols (please see the Panel content table above).

This test does not detect the following:
  • Complex inversions
  • Gene conversions
  • Balanced translocations
  • Mitochondrial DNA variants
  • Repeat expansion disorders unless specifically mentioned
  • Non-coding variants deeper than ±20 base pairs from exon-intron boundary unless otherwise indicated (please see above Panel Content / non-coding variants covered by the panel).
This test may not reliably detect the following:
  • Low level mosaicism (variant with a minor allele fraction of 14.6% is detected with 90% probability)
  • Stretches of mononucleotide repeats
  • Indels larger than 50bp
  • Single exon deletions or duplications
  • Variants within pseudogene regions/duplicated segments

The sensitivity of this test may be reduced if DNA is extracted by a laboratory other than Blueprint Genetics.

For additional information, please refer to the Test performance section and see our Analytic Validation.

The Blueprint Genetics vitreoretinopathy panel covers classical genes associated with Stickler syndrome, Norrie disease, x-linked retinoschisis, Wagner disease, vitreoretinopathy, snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, Knobloch syndrome and Goldmann-Favre syndrome. The genes on the panel have been carefully selected based on scientific literature, mutation databases and our experience.

Our panels are sliced from our high-quality whole exome sequencing data. Please see our sequencing and detection performance table for different types of alterations at the whole exome level (Table).

Assays have been validated for different starting materials including EDTA-blood, isolated DNA (no FFPE), saliva and dry blood spots (filter card) and all provide high-quality results. The diagnostic yield varies substantially depending on the assay used, referring healthcare professional, hospital and country. Blueprint Genetics' Plus Analysis (Seq+Del/Dup) maximizes the chance to find a molecular genetic diagnosis for your patient although Sequence Analysis or Del/Dup Analysis may be a cost-effective first line test if your patient's phenotype is suggestive of a specific mutation type.

Performance of Blueprint Genetics high-quality, clinical grade NGS sequencing assay for panels.

Sensitivity % (TP/(TP+FN) Specificity %
Single nucleotide variants 99.89% (99,153/99,266) >99.9999
Insertions, deletions and indels by sequence analysis
1-10 bps 96.9% (7,563/7,806) >99.9999
11-50 bps 99.13% (2,524/2,546) >99.9999
Copy number variants (exon level dels/dups)
1 exon level deletion (heterozygous) 100% (20/20) NA
1 exon level deletion (homozygous) 100% (5/5) NA
1 exon level deletion (het or homo) 100% (25/25) NA
2-7 exon level deletion (het or homo) 100% (44/44) NA
1-9 exon level duplication (het or homo) 75% (6/8) NA
Simulated CNV detection
5 exons level deletion/duplication 98.7% 100.00%
Microdeletion/-duplication sdrs (large CNVs, n=37))
Size range (0.1-47 Mb) 100% (37/37)
     
The performance presented above reached by WES with the following coverage metrics
     
Mean sequencing depth at exome level 143X
Nucleotides with >20x sequencing coverage (%) 99.86%

Bioinformatics

The target region for each gene includes coding exons and ±20 base pairs from the exon-intron boundary. In addition, the panel includes non-coding and regulatory variants if listed above (Non-coding variants covered by the panel). Some regions of the gene(s) may be removed from the panel if specifically mentioned in the ‘Test limitations” section above. The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analyzed with our proprietary data analysis and annotation pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results. Our pipeline is streamlined to maximize sensitivity without sacrificing specificity. We have incorporated a number of reference population databases and mutation databases including, but not limited, to 1000 Genomes Project, gnomAD, ClinVar and HGMD into our clinical interpretation software to make the process effective and efficient. For missense variants, in silico variant prediction tools such as  SIFT, PolyPhen, MutationTaster are used to assist with variant classification. Through our online ordering and statement reporting system, Nucleus, ordering providers have access to the details of the analysis, including patient specific sequencing metrics, a gene level coverage plot and a list of regions with <20X sequencing depth if applicable. This reflects our mission to build fully transparent diagnostics where ordering providers can easily visualize the crucial details of the analysis process.

Clinical interpretation

We provide customers with the most comprehensive clinical report available on the market. Clinical interpretation requires a fundamental understanding of clinical genetics and genetic principles. At Blueprint Genetics, our PhD molecular geneticists, medical geneticists and clinical consultants prepare the clinical statement together by evaluating the identified variants in the context of the phenotypic information provided in the requisition form. Our goal is to provide clinically meaningful statements that are understandable for all medical professionals regardless of whether they have formal training in genetics.

Variant classification is the corner stone of clinical interpretation and resulting patient management decisions. Our classifications follow the Blueprint Genetics Variant Classification Schemes based on the ACMG guideline 2015. Minor modifications were made to increase reproducibility of the variant classification and improve the clinical validity of the report. Our experience with tens of thousands of clinical cases analyzed at our laboratory allowed us to further develop the industry standard.

The final step in the analysis is orthogonal confirmation. Sequence variants classified as pathogenic, likely pathogenic and variants of uncertain significance (VUS) are confirmed using bi-directional Sanger sequencing when they do not meet our stringent NGS quality metrics for a true positive call.
Reported heterozygous and homo/hemizygous copy number variations with a size <10 and <3 target exons are confirmed by orthogonal methods such as qPCR if the specific CNV has been seen and confirmed less than three times at Blueprint Genetics.

Our clinical statement includes tables for sequencing and copy number variants that include basic variant information (genomic coordinates, HGVS nomenclature, zygosity, allele frequencies, in silico predictions, OMIM phenotypes and classification of the variant). In addition, the statement includes detailed descriptions of the variant, gene and phenotype(s) including the role of the specific gene in human disease, the mutation profile, information about the gene’s variation in population cohorts and detailed information about related phenotypes. We also provide links to the references, abstracts and variant databases used to help ordering providers further evaluate the reported findings if desired. The conclusion summarizes all of the existing information and provides our rationale for the classification of the variant.

Identification of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in dominant disorders or their combinations in different alleles in recessive disorders are considered molecular confirmation of the clinical diagnosis. In these cases, family member testing can be used for risk stratification. We do not recommend using variants of uncertain significance (VUS) for family member risk stratification or patient management. Genetic counseling is recommended.

Our interpretation team analyzes millions of variants from thousands of individuals with rare diseases. Our internal database and our understanding of variants and related phenotypes increases with every case analyzed. Our laboratory is therefore well-positioned to re-classify previously reported variants as new information becomes available. If a variant previously reported by Blueprint Genetics is re-classified, our laboratory will issue a follow-up statement to the original ordering health care provider at no additional cost.

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