Bionano Genomics Announces First Publication Using OGM for Detection of Repeat Expansions in CANVAS and Adult-Onset Ataxia

Aug 11, 2022
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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) today announced the publication of the first study to evaluate the utility of optical genome mapping (OGM) in the analysis of repeat expansion disorders. Repeat expansion disorders are a class of disorders that impact approximately 1 in 3,000 people and are caused by expansions of short tandem DNA repeats.

Researchers in this study describe how OGM can be adopted as an alternative to Southern blot analysis for the identification of repeat expansions in the RFC1 gene that lead to cerebellar ataxia with neuropathy and bilateral vestibular areflexia syndrome (CANVAS) and adult-onset ataxia in multiple populations. Individuals with RFC1 (AAGGG)n repeat expansion disorder may present with a spectrum of features including cerebellar ataxia, neuropathy, and vestibular areflexia. Specifically, ataxias are a group of neurodegenerative repeat expansion disorders, characterized by atrophy of the cerebellum that leads to the inability to control balance and coordination. Even though there are many known cerebellar ataxia–causing genes and variations, some adult patients with adult-onset ataxia remain genetically undiagnosed, and studies to identify genetic causes are ongoing.

In the study, researchers screened 626 samples for the presence of (AAGGG)n repeat expansions in the RFC1 gene using a combination of PCR to detect repeat sequences, and OGM, to determine the size of the repeat expansions. OGM confirmed the presence of expanded RFC1 alleles in all cases where it was used as part of the workflow. Repeats identified using OGM were in the range of 800–1299 repeat units. OGM is well-suited for analyzing large repeat expansion disorders that require the measurement of long, intact DNA molecules for accurate sizing, as was observed in this study. The study noted the successful use of OGM to replace the labor intensive and time-consuming Southern blot, which has been the “gold” standard for sizing repeat expansions up to now.

“We believe this study helps demonstrate the important role OGM can play in understanding the most complex regions of the genome and that OGM is well-suited for the analysis of repeat expansion disorders that require the measurement of long, intact DNA molecules for accurate sizing. We plan to continue developing better tools for the detection of a range of repeat expansion disorders, including those causing adult-onset ataxia and CANVAS. We are optimistic that adding OGM to repeat expansion disorder research can potentially lead to better diagnosis for patients and more accurate data for neuroscience researchers,” commented Erik Holmlin, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Bionano Genomics.

This publication is available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00415-022-11275-9

About Bionano Genomics

Bionano Genomics is a provider of genome analysis solutions that can enable researchers and clinicians to reveal answers to challenging questions in biology and medicine. The Company’s mission is to transform the way the world sees the genome through OGM solutions, diagnostic services and software. The Company offers OGM solutions for applications across basic, translational and clinical research. Through its Lineagen business, the Company also provides diagnostic testing for patients with clinical presentations consistent with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Through its BioDiscovery business, the Company also offers an industry-leading, platform-agnostic software solution, which integrates next-generation sequencing and microarray data designed to provide analysis, visualization, interpretation and reporting of copy number variants, single-nucleotide variants and absence of heterozygosity across the genome in one consolidated view. For more information, visit www.bionanogenomics.com, www.lineagen.com or www.biodiscovery.com

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CONTACTS
Company Contact:
Erik Holmlin, CEO
Bionano Genomics, Inc.
+1 (858) 888-7610
eholmlin@bionanogenomics.com

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Juniper Point
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amy@juniper-point.com


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