Analytical Validation and Performance of a 7-Gene Next-Generation Sequencing Panel in Uveal Melanoma

Katherina M. Alsina, Lauren M. Sholl, Kyle R. Covington, Suzzette M. Arnal, Michael A. Durante, Christina L. Decatur, John F. Stone, Kristen M. Oelschlager, J. William Harbour, Federico A. Monzon, Robert W. Cook, Sherri Borman

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Introduction: Gene expression profiling (GEP) is widely used for prognostication in patients with uveal melanoma (UM). Because biopsy tissue is limited, it is critical to obtain as much genomic information as possible from each sample. Combined application of both GEP and next-generation sequencing (NGS) allows for analysis of RNA and DNA from a single biopsy sample, offers additional prognostic information, and can potentially inform therapy selection. This study evaluated the analytical performance of a targeted custom NGS panel for mutational profiling of 7 genes commonly mutated in UM. Methods: One hundred five primary UM tumors were analyzed, including 37 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) and 68 fine-needle aspiration biopsy specimens. Sequencing was performed on the Ion GeneStudio S5 platform to an average read depth of >500X per region of interest. Results: The 7-gene panel achieved a positive percent agreement of 100% for detection of both single-nucleotide variants and insertions/deletions, with a technical positive predictive value of 98.8% and 100%, respectively. Intra-assay and inter-assay concordance studies confirmed the assay's reproducibility and repeatability. Discussion/Conclusion: The 7-gene panel is a robust, highly accurate NGS test that can be successfully performed, along with GEP, from a single small-gauge needle biopsy sample or FFPE specimen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-436
Number of pages9
JournalOcular Oncology and Pathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA sequencing
  • Gene expression profiling
  • Uveal melanoma

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  • Nursing(all)


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