||In this study, we present the results of a custom “pan-cardiomyopathy panel” in a molecular screening of 38 unrelated patients, 16 affected by DCM, 14 by HCM, and 8 by
The panel was designed using the Design Studio Tool (Illumina, San Diego, CA,USA). Coding regions and intron–exon boundaries of 115 genes, known to be associated with 7 DCM, HCM, and ARVC as well as channelopathies, were selected for targeted gene enrichment. For genes with multiple transcripts, all exons included in transcripts expressed in cardiac muscle were considered in the gene panel design.
Total DNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples using the Wizard Genomic DNA Purification Kit (Promega, Mannheim, Germany) according to the manufacturer’s instructions, quantified, and qualitatively checked using NanoDrop 2000c (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA).
Custom targeted gene enrichment and DNA library preparation were performed using the Nextera Capture Custom Enrichment kit (Illumina) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Targeted regions were sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq platform, generating approximately two millions of 150-bp paired-end reads for each sample (Q30 ≥90%).