Mutations are not identified in ~5% of hemophilia A and 10-35% of type 1 VWD patients. The bleeding tendency also varies among patients carrying the same causative mutation, potentially indicating variants in additional genes modifying the phenotype that cannot be identified by routine single-gene analysis. The F8, F9 and VWF genes were analyzed in parallel using an AmpliSeq strategy and Ion Torrent sequencing. Targeting all exonic positions showed an average read depth of >2000X and coverage close to 100% in 24 male patients with known disease-causing mutations. Discrimination between reference alleles and alternative/indel alleles was adequate at a 25% frequency threshold. In F8, F9 and VWF there was an absolute majority of all reference alleles at allele frequencies >95% and the average alternative allele and indel frequencies never reached above 10% and 15%, respectively. In VWF, 4-5 regions showed lower reference allele frequencies; in two regions covered by the pseudogene close to the 25% cut-off for reference alleles. All known mutations, including indels, gross deletions and substitutions, were identified. Additional VWF variants were identified in three hemophilia patients. The presence of additional mutations in 2 out of 16 (12%) randomly selected hemophilia patients indicates a potential mutational contribution that may affect the disease phenotype and counseling in these patients. Parallel identification of disease-causing mutations in all three genes not only confirms the deficiency, but differentiates phenotypic overlaps and allows for correct genetic counseling.
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