Cancer Res Treat.  2020 Jan;52(1):41-50. 10.4143/crt.2019.036.

Clinical Targeted Next-Generation sequencing Panels for Detection of Somatic Variants in Gliomas

  • 1Institute for Refractory Cancer Research, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Deparment of Health Sciences and Technology, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Research Institute for Future Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Samsung Genome Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Neurosurgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 6Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels for solid tumors have been useful in clinical framework for accurate tumor diagnosis and identifying essential molecular aberrations. However, most cancer panels have been designed to address a wide spectrum of pan-cancer models, lacking integral prognostic markers that are highly specific to gliomas.
Materials and Methods
To address such challenges, we have developed a glioma-specific NGS panel, termed “GliomaSCAN,” that is capable of capturing single nucleotide variations and insertion/deletion, copy number variation, and selected promoter mutations and structural variations that cover a subset of intron regions in 232 essential glioma-associated genes. We confirmed clinical concordance rate using pairwise comparison of the identified variants from whole exome sequencing (WES), immunohistochemical analysis, and fluorescence in situ hybridization.
Our panel demonstrated high sensitivity in detecting potential genomic variants that were present in the standard materials. To ensure the accuracy of our targeted sequencing panel, we compared our targeted panel to WES. The comparison results demonstrated a high correlation. Furthermore, we evaluated clinical utility of our panel in 46 glioma patients to assess the detection capacity of potential actionable mutations. Thirty-two patients harbored at least one recurrent somatic mutation in clinically actionable gene.
We have established a glioma-specific cancer panel. GliomaSCAN highly excelled in capturing somatic variations in terms of both sensitivity and specificity and provided potential clinical implication in facilitating genome-based clinical trials. Our results could provide conceptual advance towards improving the response of genomically guided molecularly targeted therapy in glioma patients.


Glioma; Targeted sequencing; Precision medicine; Cancer panel
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