Matchmaker Exchange

Nara L. M. Sobreira1, Harindra Arachchi2, Orion J. Buske3, Jessica X. Chong4, Ben Hutton5, Julia Foreman5, François Schiettecatte6, Tudor Groza7, Julius O.B. Jacobsen8, Melissa A. Haendel9, Kym M. Boycott10, Ada Hamosh11, Heidi L. Rehm2, null null12

1 McKusick‐Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2 The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 3 Centre for Computational Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, 4 Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, 5 Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, 6 FS Consulting LLC, Seattle, Washington, 7 St Vincent's Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, 8 William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, 9 Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, 10 Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 11 McKusick‐Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM), Clinical Director, IGM. Scientific Director, OMIM. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland, 12 null
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Human Genetics
Unit Number:  Unit 9.31
DOI:  10.1002/cphg.50
Online Posting Date:  October, 2017
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In well over half of the individuals with rare disease who undergo clinical or research next‐generation sequencing, the responsible gene cannot be determined. Some reasons for this relatively low yield include unappreciated phenotypic heterogeneity; locus heterogeneity; somatic and germline mosaicism; variants of uncertain functional significance; technically inaccessible areas of the genome; incorrect mode of inheritance investigated; and inadequate communication between clinicians and basic scientists with knowledge of particular genes, proteins, or biological systems. To facilitate such communication and improve the search for patients or model organisms with similar phenotypes and variants in specific candidate genes, we have developed the Matchmaker Exchange (MME). MME was created to establish a federated network connecting databases of genomic and phenotypic data using a common application programming interface (API). To date, seven databases can exchange data using the API (GeneMatcher, PhenomeCentral, DECIPHER, MyGene2, matchbox, Australian Genomics Health Alliance Patient Archive, and Monarch Initiative; the latter included for model organism matching). This article guides usage of the MME for rare disease gene discovery. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: Australian Genomics Health Alliance Patient Archive; candidate genes; DECIPHER; GeneMatcher; PhenomeCentral; matchbox; matchmaker exchange; monarch initiative; MyGene2

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Basic Protocol 1: Using an Existing Matchmaker Database to Search for a Match
  • Basic Protocol 2: Connecting a Database to Matchmaker Exchange
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
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Basic Protocol 1: Using an Existing Matchmaker Database to Search for a Match

  Necessary Resources
  • The minimal resources required for matchmaking are an Internet‐connected device and a gene candidate symbol, a set of Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) terms to describe the patient's phenotype, or both

Basic Protocol 2: Connecting a Database to Matchmaker Exchange

  Necessary Resources
  • The only resource required is an Internet‐connected computer
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Internet Resources
  Matchmaker Exchange.
  Australian Genomics Health Alliance Patient Archive.
  Monarch Initiative.
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