Targeted Next-generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Pipeline to Evaluate Genetic Determinants of Constitutional Disease Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is quickly revolutionizing how research into the genetic determinants of constitutional disease is performed. The technique is highly efficient with millions of sequencing reads being produced in a short time span and at relatively low cost. Specifically, targeted NGS is able to focus investigations to genomic regions of particular interest based on the disease of study. Not only does this further reduce costs and increase the speed of the process, but it lessens the computational burden that often accompanies NGS. Although targeted NGS is restricted to certain regions of the genome, preventing identification of potential novel loci of interest, it can be an excellent technique when faced with a phenotypically and genetically heterogeneous disease, for which there are previously known genetic associations. Because of the complex nature of the sequencing technique, it is important to closely adhere to protocols and methodologies in order to achieve sequencing reads of high coverage and quality. Further, once sequencing reads are obtained, a sophisticated bioinformatics workflow is utilized to accurately map reads to a reference genome, to call variants, and to ensure the variants pass quality metrics. Variants must also be annotated and curated based on their clinical significance, which can be standardized by applying the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Pathogenicity Guidelines. The methods presented herein will display the steps involved in generating and analyzing NGS data from a targeted sequencing panel, using the ONDRISeq neurodegenerative disease panel as a model, to identify variants that may be of clinical significance.


  • Dilliott, Allison A
  • Farhan, Sali MK
  • Ghani, Mahdi
  • Sato, Christine
  • Liang, Eric
  • Zhang, Ming
  • McIntyre, Adam D
  • Cao, Henian
  • Racacho, Lemuel
  • Robinson, John F
  • Strong, Michael J
  • Masellis, Mario
  • Bulman, Dennis E
  • Rogaeva, Ekaterina
  • Lang, Anthony
  • Tartaglia, Carmela
  • Finger, Elizabeth
  • Zinman, Lorne
  • Turnbull, John
  • Freedman, Morris
  • Swartz, Rick
  • Black, Sandra E
  • Hegele, Robert A

publication date

  • April 4, 2018