|Analysis methods||Availability||Number of genes||Test code||CPT codes|
Commonly used ICD-10 code(s) when ordering the Stickler Syndrome Panel
EDTA blood, min. 1 ml
Purified DNA, min. 3μg
Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit)
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.
Stickler syndrome, also known as hereditary arthro-ophthalmopathy, is an inherited vitreoretinopathy characterized by the association of ocular signs with abnormalities affecting the head and face, bone disorders, and sensorineural deafness (10% of cases). The clinical features may include myopia, retinal detachment, vitreal degeneration, premature degenerative changes, hypermobility of joints, sensorineural hearing loss, cleft palate and midfacial hypoplasia. The syndrome is usually diagnosed in childhood. Variable phenotypic expression of Stickler syndrome occurs both within and among families. The syndrome is generally transmitted in an autosomal dominant manner and is genetically heterogeneous. Stickler syndrome caused by mutations in COL2A1, COL11A1 or COL11A2 is autosomal dominant. Mutations in COL2A1 are estimated to account for 80-90% of cases. Autosomal recessive Stickler syndrome is rare and is caused by biallelic mutations in COL9A1, COL9A2 and COL9A3. The incidence at birth has been estimated at around 1:7,500.
Genes in the Stickler Syndrome Panel and their clinical significance
|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||166||544|
|COL9A1||Stickler syndrome recessive type, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 6 (EDM6)||AR||9||5|
|COL9A2||Stickler syndrome, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 2 (EDM2)||AD/AR||7||12|
|COL9A3||Multiple epihyseal dysplasia type 3 (EDM3)||AD/AR||10||15|
|COL11A1||Marshall syndrome, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 2||AD/AR||30||86|
|COL11A2||Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome, Deafness, Otospondylomegaepiphyseal dysplasia, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 3 (non-ocular)||AD/AR||28||55|
|LRP2||Donnai-Barrow syndrome, Faciooculoacousticorenal syndrome||AR||23||30|
Non-coding variants covered by the panel
|Gene||Genomic location HG19||HGVS||RefSeq||RS-number|
Test strength and Limitations
The strengths of this test include:
CAP and ISO-15189 accreditations covering all operations at GHC Genetics including all Whole Exome Sequencing, NGS panels and confirmatory testing
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 publically available analytic validation demonstrating complete details of test performance
~1,500 non-coding disease causing variants in GHC WES assay (please see below ‘Non-coding disease causing variants covered by this panel’)
Our rigorous variant classification based on modified ACMG 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 The following exons are not included in the panel as they are not sufficiently covered with high quality sequence reads: *PPA2* (11, 12). 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:
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
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 GHC Genetics.
For additional information, please refer to the Test performance section and see our Analytic Validation.
The GHC Genetics
panel covers classical genes associated with Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), cardiac arrest underlying cardiac condition, cardiac arrest cause unspecified, syncope and collapse, abnormal ECG, Long QT syndrome, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and Short QT 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. GHC 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 GHC Genetics Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) assay.
All individual panels are sliced from WES data.
|Sensitivity % (TP/(TP+FN)||Specificity %|
|Single nucleotide variants||99.65% (412,456/413,893)||>99.99%|
|Insertions, deletions and indels by sequence analysis|
|1-10 bps||96.94% (17,070/17,608)||>99.99%|
|11-50 bps||99.07% (957/966)||>99.99%|
|Copy number variants (exon level dels/dups)|
|Clinical samples (small CNVs, n=52)|
|1 exon level deletion||92.3% (24/26)||NA|
|2 exons level deletion/duplication||100.0% (11/11)||NA|
|3-7 exons level deletion/duplication||93.3% (14/15)||NA|
|Microdeletion/-duplication sdrs (large CNVs, n=37))|
|Size range (0.1-47 Mb)||100% (37/37)|
|Simulated CNV detection|
|2 exons level deletion/duplication||90.98% (7,357/8,086)||99.96%|
|5 exons level deletion/duplication||98.63% (7,975/8,086)||99.98%|
|The performance presented above reached by WES with the following coverage metrics|
|Mean sequencing depth at exome level||174x|
|Nucleotides with >20x sequencing coverage (%)||99.4%|
Our mission is to improve the quality of the sequencing process and each modification is followed by our standardized validation process. Detection of Del/Dup of several genes is by MLPA analysis (MS Holland). All genes are performed by CNV analysis through the genome depending on exon size, sequencing coverage and sequence content. We have validated the assays for different starting materials including isolated DNA from EDTA blood that provide high-quality results.
Bioinformatics & clinical interpretation
The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analysed by our bioinformatic pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. We use also JSI medical systems software for sequencing data analysis. JSI medical systems is a certified system offering sophisticated bioinformatic software solutions covering a wide field of sequencing techniques.
Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results.
Every pathogenic or probably pathogenic variant is confirmed by the Sanger sequencing method. Sanger sequencing is also used occasionally with other variants reported in the statement. In the case of variant of uncertain significance (VUS) we do not recommend risk stratification based on the genetic finding. The analysis of detected variants was performed on the basis of the reference database of polymorphisms and international mutation databases: UMD, LOVD and ClinVar.
The consequence of variants in coding and splice regions are estimated using Alamut software. The Alamut database contains more than 28000 coding genes, non-protein coding genes and pseudogenes. This database (shared with the high throughput annotation engine for NGS data, Alamut Batch) is frequently updated. Information comes from different public databases such as NCBI, EBI, and UCSC, as well as other sources including gnomAD, ESP, Cosmic, ClinVar, or HGMD and CentoMD (for those a separate subscription from Qiagen/Biobase and Centogene respectively is required). Alamut Visual finds information about nucleotide conservation data through many vertebrates’ species, with the phastCons and phyloP scores, amino acid conservation data through orthologue alignments and information on protein domains.
Moreover, we integrate several missense variant pathogenicity prediction tools and algorithms such as SIFT, PolyPhen, AlignGVGD or MutationTaster. It also offers a window dedicated to the in silico study of variants’ effect on RNA splicing, allowing the assessment of their potential impact on splice junctions and visualization of cryptic or de novo splice sites. Impact on splicing regulation is also assessed.
At GHC Genetics our geneticists and clinicians, who together evaluate the results from the sequence analysis pipeline in the context of phenotype information provided in the requisition form, prepare the clinical report. We recommend an interpretation of the findings of this molecular genetic analysis, including subsequent oncological consultation for the patient in the context of genetic counselling for the patient.
We strive to continuously monitor current genetic literature identifying new relevant information and findings and adapting them to our diagnostics. This enables relevant novel discoveries to be rapidly translated and adopted into our ongoing diagnostics development without delay. The undertaking of such comprehensive due diligence ensures that our diagnostic panels and clinical statements are the most up-to-date on the market.
Variant classification is the corner stone of clinical interpretation and resulting patient management decisions. 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 analysed at our laboratories enables us to further develop the industry standard.
The final step in the analysis of sequence variants is confirmation of variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic using bi-directional Sanger sequencing. Variant(s) fulfilling all of the following criteria are not Sanger confirmed: 1) the variant quality score is above the internal threshold for a true positive call, 2) an unambiguous IGV in-line with the variant call and 3) previous Sanger confirmation of the same variant three times at GHC Genetics. Reported variants of uncertain significance (VUS) are confirmed with bi-directional Sanger sequencing only if the quality score is below our internally defined quality score for true positive call. Reported copy number variations with a size >10 exons are confirmed by orthogonal methods such as qPCR if the specific CNV has been seen less than three times at GHC 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 used, and mutation databases to help our customers 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 within the family. In the case of variants of uncertain significance (VUS), we do not recommend family member risk stratification based on the VUS result. Furthermore, in the case of VUS, we do not recommend the use of genetic information in patient management or genetic counselling.
Our Clinical interpretation team analyses millions of variants from thousands of individuals with rare diseases. Thus, our database, and our understanding of variants and related phenotypes, is growing by leaps and bounds. Our laboratories are therefore well positioned to re-classify previously reported variants as new information becomes available. If a variant previously reported by GHC Genetics is re-classified, our laboratories will issue a follow-up statement to the original ordering health care provider at no additional cost.