Question: qulity control of RNA-seq results
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4.3 years ago by
elmira b40
United States
elmira b40 wrote:


Should be a correlation between number of good reads and RNA concentrations in the result of RNA sequencing?

We used Tophat 2 alignment and HTSeq count to determine number of good reads at each sample.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.3 years ago by Michele Busby2.1k • written 4.3 years ago by elmira b40

What are the criteria for calling a read, "good"?

ADD REPLYlink written 4.3 years ago by amirmhzadeh70
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4.3 years ago by
Devon Ryan91k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan91k wrote:

I assume "good" means "uniquely countable" in this context, since you mention HTSeq.

In general, no, there's not an obvious relationship between concentration and sequencing results. You obviously need enough RNA for the library prep., but the actual quality of the RNA itself (rather, the quality of the transcripts, meaning the degree of degradation and background contamination) is vastly more important.

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.3 years ago by Devon Ryan91k
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4.3 years ago by
Michele Busby2.1k
United States
Michele Busby2.1k wrote:

You'll get more duplicates with lower input because there won't be as many molecules going into the initial reaction. You can go pretty low without it tanking, though, if you're careful about the choice of protocol.  Some single cell data looks pretty complex.  Also, you can screw up the sequencing run if you don't put enough material on the plate.

We did a paper that looked at different methods of making low input libraries

Some of the metrics will show you the things that can go wrong.

There's lots of ways to screw up a library though.  Look at your base qualities.  Are they worse in some of the libraries?

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.3 years ago by Michele Busby2.1k
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