Aims: Monogenic diabetes is clinically heterogeneous and differs from common forms of diabetes (type 1 and 2). We aimed to investigate the clinical usefulness of a comprehensive genetic testing system, comprised of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) with phenotype-driven bioinformatics analysis in patients with monogenic diabetes, which uses patient genotypic and phenotypic data to prioritize potentially causal variants.
Methods: We performed targeted NGS of 383 genes associated with monogenic diabetes or common forms of diabetes in 13 Japanese patients with suspected (n = 10) or previously diagnosed (n = 3) monogenic diabetes or severe insulin resistance. We performed in silico structural analysis and phenotype-driven bioinformatics analysis of candidate variants from NGS data.
Results: Among the patients suspected having monogenic diabetes or insulin resistance, we diagnosed 3 patients as subtypes of monogenic diabetes due to disease-associated variants of INSR, LMNA, and HNF1B. Additionally, in 3 other patients, we detected rare variants with potential phenotypic effects. Notably, we identified a novel missense variant in TBC1D4 and an MC4R variant, which together may cause a mixed phenotype of severe insulin resistance.
Conclusions: This comprehensive approach could assist in the early diagnosis of patients with monogenic diabetes and facilitate the provision of tailored therapy.
Keywords: Genetic diagnosis; Maturity-onset diabetes of the young; Monogenic diabetes; Next-generation sequencing; Severe insulin resistance.
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