Question: PyClone without copy number data
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3.5 years ago by
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

I want to use PyClone using Single Nucleotide Variants called from Whole-exome sequencing of matched primary and metastatic tissue samples.

I do not have copy number data, and the PyClone usage page says:

If you do not major and minor copy number information you should set the minor copy number to 0, and the major copy number to the predicted total copy number. If you do this make sure to use the total_copy_number for the --var_prior flag of the build_mutations_file command. DO NOT use the parental copy number information method as it assumes you have knowledge of the minor and major copy number.

I have two questions:

1) Can I predict total copy number with Whole-exome sequencing data?

2) If not, is it sensible to set the major copy number to 2?

ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.5 years ago by fongchunchan10 • written 3.5 years ago by Alejandro Jimenez Sanchez120
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3.5 years ago by
fongchunchan10 wrote:

1) Yes there are several tools out there that can do it (e.g. TitanCNA). If possible, get parental copy number as this greatly helps PyClone. Something like TitanCNA can do this. I would look at this thread.

2) If you believe that the tumour contains little to no somatic sCNAs, then you could do this. But if you have WES, you should estimate copy number and use that information.

At the very least, you could estimate copy number and only use diploid heterozygous positions. Then use this for PyClone. Or something like SciClone would work too if you go with this approach.

Hope that helps,


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