Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 27–32 | Cite as

Clinical Evaluation of a Novel Nine-Gene Panel for Ion Torrent PGM Sequencing of Myeloid Malignancies

  • Milena IvanovaEmail author
  • Velizar ShivarovEmail author
  • Ivan Pavlov
  • Konstantinos Lilakos
  • Elissaveta Naumova
Short Communication


Background and Objective

In the last decade, a number of genes have been reported to be recurrently associated with myeloid malignancies. While some mutations are easily detectable by conventional molecular genetics methods, other mutations are more difficult to screen because of lower frequency and being scattered along large genomic ranges. However, newly developed approaches for next-generation sequencing provide an affordable solution for targeted multiplex resequencing of up to several hundreds of amplicons. Here, we aimed to develop and validate a novel custom panel for targeted resequencing of myeloid malignancy samples using the Ion PGM™ System (Ion Torrent, Paisley, UK).


We designed a pool of 424 primers for the amplification of 212 amplicons covering 99.46 % of the exonic regions of nine human genes as follows: ASXL1, EZH2, CALR, RUNX1, SETBP1, SF3B1, SRSF2, TET2, and U2AF1. Initial testing of the panel performance was performed on an Ion PGM™ machine using PGM™ 316 v2 chips on 16 DNA samples from patients with myeloid malignancies. Sequence alignment, variant calling, and annotation were performed using Ion Reporter software.


We identified a total of 14 nonsynonymous somatic coding variants in seven samples affecting six of the genes in the panel (ASXL1, CALR, RUNX1, SRSF2, TET2, and U2AF1). Notably, three of the identified mutations were not present in the Cosmic v.67 release.


This proof-of-concept study confirms the feasibility of Ion Torrent systems for resequencing of clinically relevant mutations in myeloid malignancies. It can be particularly useful in cases without the most frequent clonal markers.


Acute Myeloid Leukemia Polycythemia Vera Myeloid Malignancy Minimal Residual Disease Monitoring Custom Panel 
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We thank the Department of Hematology at Alexandrovska University Hospital for providing the clinical samples for the study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

MI, VS, IP, KL, and EN report no conflict of interest.


MI, VS, IP, KL, and EN received no specific funding for this research.

Ethical approval and informed consent

Patients provided informed consent for molecular genetic testing and this study complied with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Immunology, Alexandrovska University HospitalMedical UniversitySofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Department of HematologySofiamed University HospitalSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Department of HematologyNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laikon General HospitalAthensGreece

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