Developmental validation of a MPS workflow with a PCR-based short amplicon whole mitochondrial genome panel

Jennifer Churchill Cihlar, Christina Amory, Robert Lagacé, Chantal Roth, Walther Parson, Bruce Budowle

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For the adoption of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) systems by forensic laboratories, validation studies on specific workflows are needed to support the feasibility of implementation and the reliability of the data they produce. As such, the whole mitochondrial genome sequencing methodology—Precision ID mtDNA Whole Genome Panel, Ion Chef, Ion S5, and Converge—has been subjected to a variety of developmental validation studies. These validation studies were completed in accordance with the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) validation guidelines and assessed reproducibility, repeatability, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity to human DNA, and ability to analyze challenging (e.g., mixed, degraded, or low quantity) samples. Intra-and inter-run replicates produced an average maximum pairwise difference in variant frequency of 1.2%. Concordance with data generated with traditional Sanger sequencing and an orthogonal MPS platform methodology was used to assess accuracy, and generation of complete and concordant haplotypes at DNA input levels as low as 37.5 pg of nuclear DNA or 187.5 mitochondrial genome copies illustrated the sensitivity of the system. Overall, data presented herein demonstrate that highly accurate and reproducible results were generated for a variety of sample qualities and quantities, supporting the reliability of this specific whole genome mitochondrial DNA MPS system for analysis of forensic biological evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1345
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Developmental validation
  • Ion Torrent
  • Massively parallel sequencing
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • SWGDAM guidelines


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