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LymphoTrack® Dx IGH FR1 Assay - S5/PGM™
Intended Use (LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1 Assay – S5/PGM)
The LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1 Assay – S5/PGM is an in vitro diagnostic product intended for next-generation sequencing (NGS) based determination of the frequency distribution of IGH gene rearrangements as well as the degree of somatic hypermutation (SHM) of rearranged genes in patients suspected of having lymphoproliferative disease. This assay aids in the identification of lymphoproliferative disorders as well as providing an aid in determining disease prognosis using the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion S5 or Ion PGM platform.
Intended Use (LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1/2/3 Assay – S5/PGM)
The LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1 Assay – S5/PGM is an in vitro diagnostic product intended for next-generation sequencing (NGS), targeting the conserved framework 1 (FR1) region within the VH segments of the IGH gene to determine the frequency distribution of clonal IGH VH – JH rearrangements as well as the degree of somatic hypermutation (SHM) of rearranged genes in patients suspected of having lymphoproliferative disease. This assay aids in the identification of lymphoproliferative disorders as well as providing an aid in determining disease prognosis using the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion S5 or Ion PGM platform.
This LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR2 Assay – S5/PGM is an in vitro diagnostic product intended for next-generation sequencing (NGS) for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion S5 and Ion PGM instruments. The assay will determine the frequency distribution of IGH VH – JH gene rearrangements in patients suspected of having lymphoproliferative disease. This assay aids in the identification of lymphoproliferative disorders using the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion S5 or Ion PGM platform.
The LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR3 Assay – S5/PGM is an in vitro diagnostic product intended for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion PGM and Ion S5 instruments. The assay will determine the frequency distribution of IGH VH – JH gene rearrangements in patients suspected of having lymphoproliferative disease. This assay aids in the identification of lymphoproliferative disorders using the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion S5 or Ion PGM platform.
Summary and Explanation of the Test
The immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) gene locus on chromosome 14 (14q32.3) includes 46-52 functional and 30 non-functional variable (VH) gene segments, 27 functional diversity (DH) gene segments, and 6 functional joining (JH) gene segments spread over 1250 kilobases.
Lymphoid cells are different from the other somatic cells in the body. During development, the antigen receptor genes in lymphoid cells undergo somatic gene rearrangements.1 For example, during B-cell development, genes encoding the IGH molecules are assembled from multiple polymorphic gene segments that undergo rearrangements and selection, generating VH – DH – JH combinations that are unique in both length and sequence. Since leukemias and lymphomas originate from the malignant transformation of individual lymphoid cells, all leukemias and lymphomas generally share one or more cell-specific or “clonal” antigen receptor gene rearrangements. Therefore, tests that detect IGH clonal rearrangements can be useful in the study of B- and T-cell malignancies.
In addition, immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region (IGHV) gene hypermutation status provides important prognostic information for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). The presence of IGHV SHM is defined as greater or equal to 2% difference from the germline VH gene sequence, whereas less than 2% difference is considered evidence of no SHM. The status of SHM for clone(s) has clinical relevance, as there is a clear distinction in the median survival of patients with and without SHM. Hypermutation of the IGHV region is strongly predictive of a good prognosis while lack of mutation predicts a poor prognosis.2
Initially, clonal rearrangements were identified using Restriction Fragment, Southern Blot Hybridization (RF-SBH) techniques. However, these tests proved cumbersome and labor-intensive, they required large amounts of DNA, and were not suitable for analysis of many of the less diverse antigen receptor loci.
During the last several decades, the use of RF-SBH assays has been supplanted by PCR-based clonality tests developed by Alexander Morley,3 and are considered the current gold standard method. PCR-based assays identify clonality on the basis of over-representation of amplified VH – DH – JH (or incomplete DH – JH products) following their separation using gel or capillary electrophoresis. Though sensitive and suitable for testing small amounts of DNA, these assays cannot readily differentiate between clonal populations and multiple rearrangements that might lie beneath a single-sized peak, and are not designed to identify the specific VH – JH DNA sequence that is required to track clonal populations in subsequent analyses.
This LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1 Assay – S5/PGM represents a significant improvement over existing clonality assays using fragment analysis as it efficiently detects the majority of IGH gene rearrangements using a single multiplex master mix and, at the same time, identifies the DNA sequence specific for each clonal gene rearrangement. This product has three important and complementary uses. One, it aids in the detection of initial clonal populations. Two, it identifies sequence information required to track those clones in subsequent samples. Three, it provides detailed sequence information on the degree of SHM. Therefore, the LymphoTrack Dx IGH FR1 Assay – S5/PGM provides critical evidence on the existence of clonality, the specific rearranged IGH genes involved, and the prognostic indication of SHM.
Our single multiplex master mix for IGH targets the conserved framework region 1 (FR1) within the VH and the JH regions described in lymphoid malignancies. Primers included in the master mixes are designed with Life Technologies adapters and up to 12 different indices; thereby, allowing, amplicons generated from different IGH FR1 master mixes to be pooled together to generate a library of amplicons that can be loaded onto a single Ion S5 or PGM chip for sequencing. The associated LymphoTrack Dx Software – S5/PGM provides direct interpretation of the data generated from this assay via a simple and streamlined method of analysis and visualization. By following the guidelines provided in the Instructions for Use (IFU) the sample results summarized in the software, can be easily interpreted for the presence or absence of clonality and somatic hypermutation. The results of molecular clonality tests should always be interpreted in the context of clinical, histological and immunophenotypic data.
Positive and negative controls for clonality are included in the kit. An additional positive control specific for somatic hypermutation is optional and can be purchased separately (Catalog #: 40880008).
Note: For a more thorough explanation of the locus and the targeted sequencing strategy, please refer to Principle of Immunoglobulin and T Cell Receptor Gene Rearrangement.4
Principles of the Procedure
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
PCR assays are routinely used for the identification of clonal B- and T-cell populations. These assays amplify the DNA between primers that target the conserved framework (FR) of the VH regions and the conserved JH regions of antigen receptor genes. These conserved regions, where primers target, lie on either side of an area where programmed genetic rearrangements occur during the maturation of all B and T lymphocytes. It is a result of these genetic rearrangements that different populations of the B and T lymphocytes arise.
The antigen receptor genes that undergo rearrangements are the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) and light chains (IGK and IGL) in B-cells, and the T-cell receptor genes (TRA, TRB, TRG, and TRD) in T-cells. Each B- and T- cell has a single productive V – J rearrangement that is unique in both length and sequence. Therefore, when DNA from a normal or polyclonal population is amplified using DNA primers that flank the V – J region, amplicons unique in both sequence and length, reflecting the heterogeneous population, are generated. In some cases, where lymphocyte DNA is not present, no amplicons will be generated. For samples containing clonal populations, the yield is one or two prominent amplified products of the same length and sequence that are detected with significant frequency of occurrence, within a diminished polyclonal background amplified at a lower frequency.
PCR amplicons are purified to remove excess primers, nucleotides, salts, and enzymes using the Agencourt® AMPure® XP system. This method utilizes solid-phase reversible immobilization (SPRI) paramagnetic bead technology for high-throughput purification of PCR amplicons. Using an optimized buffer, PCR amplicons that are 100 bp or larger are selectively bound to paramagnetic beads while contaminants such as excess primers, primer dimers, salts, and unincorporated dNTPs are washed away. Amplicons can then be eluted and separated from the paramagnetic beads resulting in a more purified PCR product for downstream analysis and amplicon quantification.
Purified amplicons are quantified utilizing the Agilent Technologies 2100 Bioanalyzer or the Perkin Elmer LabChip® GX. These are electrophoretic methods that utilize the principles of traditional gel electrophoresis to separate and quantify DNA on a chip based platform. Quantification is achieved by running a marker of known concentration alongside samples and then extrapolating the concentration of samples. Calculating the concentration of PCR amplicons allows equal amplicon representation in the final pooled library that is loaded onto the Ion S5™ or Ion PGM™ for sequencing.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
Sanger sequencing methods represent the most popular in a range of ‘first-generation’ nucleic acid sequencing technologies. Newer methods, which leverage massively parallel sequencing approaches, are often referred to as Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). NGS technologies can use various combination strategies of template preparation, sequencing, imaging, and bioinformatics for genome alignment and assembly.
NGS technologies used in this product rely on the amplification of genetic sequences using a series of consensus forward and reverse primers that include adapter and index tags. Amplicons generated with LymphoTrack Dx master mixes are quantified, pooled, and loaded onto a chip for sequencing with a Life Technologies Ion S5 or Ion PGM platform. The Ion S5 and Ion PGM require that the pooled library of DNA fragments be bound to individual beads prior to sequencing, (one unique sequence per bead) through a process known as emulsion PCR. Once bound to the beads the DNA fragments are amplified until they cover the surface of the bead. Beads are then loaded onto a semi-conductor chip, where they find their own well to occupy and where sequencing occurs. Sequencing is conducted by flooding the chip with individual unincorporated nucleotides one base at a time (dATP, dCTP, dGTP, dTTP). The Ion S5 or Ion PGM instrument detects the addition of nucleotides when hydrogen ions are released during DNA polymerization and causes a change in pH of the wells, which can be measured as a change in voltage. The voltage changes proportionally to the number of nucleotides added. After nucleotides are incorporated, unincorporated nucleotides are washed away and the process begins again with a new dNTP.
This product was designed to allow for two different levels of multiplexing in order to reduce costs and time for laboratories. The first level of multiplexing originates from the multiple indices that are provided with the assays, up to 12. Each of these 12 indices can be considered to act as a unique barcode that allows amplicons from individual samples to be pooled together after PCR amplification to generate the sequencing library. Later, the resulting sequences can be sorted by the bioinformatics software to identify those that originated from an individual sample.
The second level of multiplexing originates from the ability of the accompanying software to sort sequencing data by both index and target. This allows amplicons generated with targeted primers (even those tagged with the same index) to be pooled together to generate the library and sequenced on a single sequencing chip. An example would be to sequence products from several Invivoscribe LymphoTrack Dx S5/PGM kits such as IGH FR1, IGH FR2, IGH FR3, IGK and TRG together. When multiplexing amplicons of different gene targets it is important to use the appropriate sequencing chemistry. The number of sequencing cycles must be sufficient to sequence the largest amplicon in the multiplex.
The number of samples that can be multiplexed onto a single sequencing chip is also dependent on the chip that is utilized. Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion 316™ Chip v2 can generate 2-3 million reads so it is recommended to multiplex no more than three different gene targets together. Up to five different gene targets can be multiplexed together on the Ion PGM Ion 318™ Chip v2 BC (4-5.5 million reads), Ion S5 Ion 520™Chip (3-6 million reads) and Ion S5 Ion 530™ Chip (15-20 million reads). To determine the number of reads per sample, the total number of reads for the sequencing chip should be divided by the number of samples that will be multiplexed.
IGHV Somatic Hypermutation (SHM) Evaluation
For evaluation of the somatic hypermutation rate of the IGHV region, this kit in which the primers target IGH FR1 can be used; however, this assay only targets a portion of the IGHV region. When analyzing the somatic hypermutation status of samples, the bioinformatics software will provide the mutation rate based upon the percent mismatch of the clonal amplicons as compared to germline reference genes, a prediction of whether the protein would be in or out of frame, a prediction of whether mutations or gene rearrangements result in a pre-mature stop codon, and the percentage of VH gene coverage.
- This assay tests extracted and purified genomic DNA. DNA must be quantified with a method specific for double stranded DNA (dsDNA) and free of inhibitors of PCR amplification.
- Resuspend DNA in an appropriate solution such as 0.1X TE (1 mM Tris-HCl, 0.1 mM EDTA, pH 8.0, prepared with molecular biology grade water) or molecular biology grade water alone.
- The minimum input quantity is 50 ng of high quality DNA.
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2. Ghia, P. et al., (2007). Leukemia 21, 1-3.
3. Trainor, KJ. et al., (1990). Blood 75, 2220-2222.
4. Evans, P. A. et al., (2007). Leukemia 21, 207-14.
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This product is covered by one or more patents and patent applications owned by or exclusively licensed to Invivoscribe, Inc., including United States Patent Number 7785783, United States Patent Number 8859748, United States Patent Number 10280462, European Patent Number EP 1549764B1 (validated in 16 countries, and augmented by related European Patents Numbered EP2418287A3 and EP 2460889A3), Japanese Patent Number JP04708029B2, Japanese Patent Application Number 2006-529437, Brazil Patent Application Number PI0410283.5, Canadian Patent Number CA2525122, Indian Patent Number IN243620, Mexican Patent Number MX286493, Chinese Patent Number CN1806051, and Korean Patent Number 101215194.
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