Background: The hypothesis of the Dilated Cardiomyopathy Precision Medicine Study is that most dilated cardiomyopathy has a genetic basis. The study returns results to probands and, when indicated, to relatives. While both the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics/Association for Molecular Pathology and ClinGen's MYH7-cardiomyopathy specifications provide relevant guidance for variant interpretation, further gene- and disease-specific considerations were required for dilated cardiomyopathy. To this end, we tailored the ClinGen MYH7-cardiomyopathy variant interpretation framework; the specifications implemented for the study are presented here.
Methods: Modifications were created and approved by an external Variant Adjudication Oversight Committee. After a pilot using 81 probands, further adjustments were made, resulting in 27 criteria (9 modifications of the ClinGen MYH7 framework and reintroduction of 2 American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics/Association of Molecular Pathology criteria that were deemed not applicable by the ClinGen MYH7 working group).
Results: These criteria were applied to 2059 variants in a test set of 97 probands. Variants were classified as benign (n=1702), likely benign (n=33), uncertain significance (n=71), likely pathogenic (likely pathogenic; n=12), and pathogenic (P; n=3). Only 2/15 likely pathogenic/P variants were identified in Non-Hispanic African ancestry probands.
Conclusions: We tailored the ClinGen MYH7 criteria for our study. Our preliminary data show that 15/97 (15.5%) probands have likely pathogenic/P variants, most of which were identified in probands of Non-Hispanic European ancestry. We anticipate continued evolution of our approach, one that will be informed by new insights on variant interpretation and a greater understanding of the genetic architecture of dilated cardiomyopathy.
Clinical trial registration: URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov; Unique identifier: NCT03037632.
Keywords: cardiomyopathy, dilated; genetic testing; genetics; genomics; pathology, molecular.