Secondary actionable findings identified by exome sequencing: expected impact on the organisation of care from the study of 700 consecutive tests.

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avril 2019


European journal of human genetics : EJHG


Membres identifiés du Cancéropôle Est :
Pr BARDOU Marc, Pr BINQUET Christine, Pr CALLIER Patrick, Pr FAIVRE Laurence, Pr PHILIPPE Christophe, Pr VABRES Pierre, Dr NAMBOT Sophie, Mme CRETIN Elodie

Tous les auteurs :
Thauvin-Robinet C, Thevenon J, Nambot S, Delanne J, Kuentz P, Bruel AL, Chassagne A, Cretin E, Pelissier A, Peyron C, Gautier E, Lehalle D, Jean-Marçais N, Callier P, Mosca-Boidron AL, Vitobello A, Sorlin A, Tran Mau-Them F, Philippe C, Vabres P, Demougeot L, Poé C, Jouan T, Chevarin M, Lefebvre M, Bardou M, Tisserant E, Luu M, Binquet C, Deleuze JF, Verstuyft C, Duffourd Y, Faivre L


With exome/genome sequencing (ES/GS) integrated into the practice of medicine, there is some potential for reporting incidental/secondary findings (IFs/SFs). The issue of IFs/SFs has been studied extensively over the last 4 years. In order to evaluate their implications in care organisation, we retrospectively evaluated, in a cohort of 700 consecutive probands, the frequency and burden of introducing the search for variants in a maximum list of 244 medically actionable genes (genes that predispose carriers to a preventable or treatable disease in childhood/adulthood and genes for genetic counselling issues). We also focused on the 59 PharmGKB class IA/IB pharmacogenetic variants. We also compared the results in different gene lists. We identified variants (likely) affecting protein function in genes for care in 26 cases (3.7%) and heterozygous variants in genes for genetic counselling in 29 cases (3.8%). Mean time for the 700 patients was about 6.3 min/patient for medically actionable genes and 1.3 min/patient for genes for genetic counselling, and a mean time of 37 min/patients for the reinterpreted variants. These results would lead to all 700 pre-test counselling sessions being longer, to 55 post-test genetic consultations and to 27 secondary specialised medical evaluations. ES also detected 42/59 pharmacogenetic variants or combinations of variants in the majority of cases. An extremely low metabolizer status in genes relevant for neurodevelopmental disorders (CYP2C9 and CYP2C19) was found in 57/700 cases. This study provides information regarding the need to anticipate the implementation of genomic medicine, notably the work overload at various steps of the process.


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