Question: ERCC count matrix smart-seq2
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27 days ago by
VHahaut1.0k wrote:


I received some data produced by single-cell sequencing (smart-seq2). After aligning onto the corresponding genome (+ERCC) I got a matrix of count which look quite sparsed:

ID  start   end strand  length  count1  count2  count3
ERCC-00004  1   523 +   523 1902    145 2328
ERCC-00009  1   984 +   984 318 29  428
ERCC-00012  1   994 +   994 0   0   0
ERCC-00013  1   808 +   808 0   0   0
ERCC-00014  1   1957    +   1957    0   0   0

With typically higher concentration ERCCs being detected but not lower ones.

I know for sure that those samples were not sequenced deep enough but I wanted to know if for ERCCs in single-cell sequencing I should expect to see every ERCC detected or is it common to see some drop-off ?

Thanks in advance!

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 26 days ago by Charles Plessy2.3k • written 27 days ago by VHahaut1.0k
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26 days ago by
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Charles Plessy2.3k wrote:

The ERCC RNA spike-in mixes manufactured by Thermo Fisher cover six orders of magnitude of concentrations, therefore it is expected by design that a large number of them will not be detected. You can have a look at Svensson et al., 2007 for an example on how to analyse the spike data.

Side comment: while people have been for a long time aligning their reads to the sequence of the plasmid inserts used to produce the spikes, the NIST now distributes the sequence of the transcribed products, which are more accurate at the 5′ end. It may not make a big difference for a RNA-seq analysis, but I recommend to use these reference sequences (disclaimer: I contributed to prepare the file, see Patch ERCC spike sequences to get their real 5-prime ends. for details).

ADD COMMENTlink modified 26 days ago • written 26 days ago by Charles Plessy2.3k

Isn't ERCC-00012 one of the ERCC controls with amongst the highest concentrations, though? I would have expected that to show some counts.

ADD REPLYlink modified 26 days ago • written 26 days ago by Kevin Blighe7.2k

Thanks for your comments! According to thermoSc. website ERCC-00012 is one of the lowest:

ERCC-00012  C   0.11444092 attomoles/ul
ADD REPLYlink written 26 days ago by VHahaut1.0k

Then it makes sense what Charles wrote. Great, thank for confirming.

ADD REPLYlink written 26 days ago by Kevin Blighe7.2k
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