Question: How to distinguish plasmids and chromosome when I analyze data from next generation sequencing?
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silvia.caprari8450 wrote:

Hi all,

I need to analyse results coming from next generation sequencing on bacterial 3 strains that are carbapenem-resistant. I am using the software "Artemis" to analyze the sequences. I anticipate that this stuff is totally new for me. I am particularly interested in the resistance genes and in the determination of their genetic environment. I was wondering how I can understand from the sequencing data if the resistance genes are on plasmids or on the chromosome?How can I distinguish plasmids and chromosome by the sequencing data?What kind of problems or issues can I encounter when I analyze the data?Is there anything to which I should be more careful in the analysis of the data (e.g. could the sequencing method create contigs that don't correspond to the real aspect of the genome)?


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.7 years ago by YaGalbi1.4k • written 2.7 years ago by silvia.caprari8450

While not foolproof plasmid DNA can be expected to show a much deeper coverage (since there will be multiple copies). There is a plasmid specific version of popular assembler SPAdes (plasmid SPAdes) that you could try. If you have not assembled this data as yet then SPAdes would be a good place to start.

ADD REPLYlink modified 2.7 years ago • written 2.7 years ago by genomax68k
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2.7 years ago by
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YaGalbi1.4k wrote:

Surely comparison of the sequence with that of a recent non-resistant ancestor will tell you if the resistance gene is on a plasmid.

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