Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™: The Prospective Experience of Five Prenatal Diagnosis Laboratories

Prenat Diagn. 2012 Apr;32(4):329-35. doi: 10.1002/pd.2934.


Objective: We previously reported on the validation of Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™ on retrospectively selected and prospective prenatal samples. This bead-based multiplex assay detects chromosome 13, 18, 21 and X/Y aneuploidies and the nine most frequent microdeletion syndromes. We demonstrated that Prenatal BACs-on-Beads(TM) is a new-generation, prenatal screening tool. Here, we describe the experience of five European prenatal diagnosis laboratories concerning the ongoing use of Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™ .

Methods: Some 1653 samples were analyzed. All results were confirmed by conventional karyotyping or another appropriate technique. All indications for invasive prenatal diagnosis were included. Amniotic fluid and chorionic villus samples were analyzed in equivalent proportions.

Results: The failure rate was 3.3% and the overall abnormality detection rate was ~1/10. Eighty-five percent of the detected abnormalities were common aneuploidies. Eleven microdeletions and duplications were identified, thus giving an overall yield for microdeletion and microduplication detection of 1/145. Compared with QF-PCR, Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™ provides an additional detection rate of ~1/250 for low-risk pregnancies. The false positive and negative rates were both <1%.

Conclusion: When associated with conventional karyotyping, the Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™ assay combines a short turnaround time (typical of rapid aneuploidy detection tests) with valuable detection of the most frequent microdeletion syndromes that cannot be detected in cytogenetic analyses.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amniocentesis / methods*
  • Amniotic Fluid / chemistry
  • Amniotic Fluid / cytology*
  • Aneuploidy*
  • Chorionic Villi Sampling / methods*
  • Chromosome Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Chromosome Disorders / genetics
  • Chromosomes, Artificial, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Diagnostic Errors / statistics & numerical data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Fetal Blood / chemistry
  • Fetal Blood / cytology
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retrospective Studies