Question: Splicing-defect analysis with RNA-seq paired-end data
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Carlo Yague5.2k
Carlo Yague5.2k wrote:

Hi guys,

I'm working with a mutant that is supposed to show gene-specific splicing defect (1), readthrough (2) and spurious transcription (3). From paired-end strand-specific RNA-seq data, what would you do to identify the affected loci ? How would you communicate (in terms of figures) the results ?

I was thinking running DESeq on introns (1) and 5'/3' flanking sequences (2) while keeping the normalization on the exon read count. Or maybe just use the ratio (reads mapping on intron)/(reads mapping on exons) What do you think of this approach ?

I'd really appreciate any input on this ! Thanks in advance !


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.2 years ago • written 5.2 years ago by Carlo Yague5.2k

This sounds like a reasonable approach. I had an issue where an RNA-seq protocol seemed to deplete coverage of a small number of genes, but only over the coding sequence (approximately). I was able to come up with a good list of affected genes just by comparing my bam files to a customized gff file with separate "gene" annotations for 5' UTR, CDS, and 3'UTR, using bedtools intersect. The ratios of reads in these three feature categories, when matched up per-gene, was sufficient to find affected genes (assuming I didn't miss a whole class).

I wonder if Cufflinks might also be effective, in its prediction of novel transcripts? You might expect a "spike" in novel transcript predictions, or fpkm for those novel transcripts. This is probably overkill (computation time-wise).

ADD REPLYlink written 5.2 years ago by Joseph Pearson450

Thanks for your input and suggestion ! Once you had the ratios, did you just use a treshold to separate true affected transcript from noise ?

I'll look into Cufflinks too.

ADD REPLYlink modified 5.2 years ago • written 5.2 years ago by Carlo Yague5.2k

I just filtered for a minimum read count per kb of my 5'UTR, then sorted by ratio. I bet a similar approach would work well.

ADD REPLYlink written 5.2 years ago by Joseph Pearson450
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