Question: Assembling a single transcript sequence from RNA-seq data
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4.5 years ago by
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apt.university70 wrote:

I am looking for suggestions on how to assemble a single, fairly complex transcript sequence from RNA-Seq data. The protein this transcript encodes has a variable number of repeated 10 a.a. domains. Assembling with Trinity or SOAPdenove-trans did not generate a complete sequence for the proteins -- the protein does not other domains found in known orthologs.  

I also tried aligning reads against orthologs (used usearch) and I assembled those reads that aligned using CAP3 and Velvet. That approach did actually worse than Trinity. 

Any suggestion on how to accurately assemble that single sequence?



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ADD COMMENTlink written 4.5 years ago by apt.university70

You might try Spades or Tadpole (in the BBMap package); both of them handle highly-variable coverage better than most isolate assemblers. However, if it is differentially spliced, that result will still probably not be great.

ADD REPLYlink modified 5 months ago by RamRS27k • written 4.5 years ago by Brian Bushnell17k

Thanks for the suggestion, Brian. Once I pulled out reads that aligned against the homologue sequence (as well as their non-aligned pairs), I experimented with a plethora of assemblers, including SPAdes. None of them yielded a complete transcript.

I wonder whether there are tools that use a greedy approach to iteratively add reads to both ends of a partial transcript. Perhaps that would be intractable for a large datasets but maybe it is a viable solution for single, or even a few transcripts. Would such an approach work or would it be overwhelmed by the complexity of assembly? I wonder....

ADD REPLYlink modified 5 months ago by RamRS27k • written 4.5 years ago by apt.university70
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