The Interpretation of Sequence Variants in Myeloid Neoplasms.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the challenges encountered during the interpretation of sequence variants detected by next-generation sequencing (NGS) in myeloid neoplasms, as well as the limitations of the technology with the goal of preventing the over- or undercalling of alterations that may have a significant effect on patient management. METHODS: Review of the peer-reviewed literature on the interpretation, reporting, and technical challenges of NGS assays for myeloid neoplasms. RESULTS: NGS has been integrated widely and rapidly into the standard evaluating of myeloid neoplasms. Review of the literature reveals that myeloid sequence variants are challenging to detect and interpret. Large insertions and guanine-cytosine-heavy areas prove technically challenging while frameshift and truncating alterations may be classified as variants of uncertain significance by tertiary analysis informatics pipelines due to their absence in the literature and databases. CONCLUSIONS: The analysis and interpretation of NGS results in myeloid neoplasia are challenging due to the varied number of detectable gene alterations. Familiarity with the genomic landscape of myeloid malignancies and knowledge of the tools available for the interpretation of sequence variants are essential to facilitate translation into clinical and therapy decisions.
  • Keywords

  • Hematopathology, Molecular diagnostics, Myeloid neoplasms, Next-generation sequencing
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    Author List

  • Hanbazazh M; Harada S; Reddy V; Mackinnon AC; Harbi D; Morlote D