what cause poly-G from NextSeq
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4.7 years ago
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I have some samples sequenced on NextSeq and fastq data of some samples shown enriched poly-G reads. I did some research and found out these poly-G is caused by NextSeq's 2-colour chemistry not being able to distinguish "G" and "no signal".

However, How does this problem occur? What is the possible reason that so many "non signal" exist during sequencing?

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4.7 years ago
chen ★ 2.4k

This is because NextSeq uses a two-colour chemistry system, different from the HiSeq series that use a four-colour system.

In the two-colour system:

  • Green denotes T
  • Red denotes C
  • Yellow (Green + Red) denotes A
  • Black ( No Green, no Red) denotes G

As the sequencing by synthesis (SBS) goes on cycle by cycle, the signal strength will decrease. When the signal is too weak to be detected, it will be recognised as a G in the base calling stage, which causes a sequencing error. This is why you may see a lot of polyG in the read tails.

This is why so many polyG in NextSeq, and I have two news for this issue:

  • 1, NovaSeq also has the same issue, since it's also a two-colour system.
  • 2, I have developed a tool to address this issue automatically, which is called fastp. fastp is designed to provide fast all-in-one preprocessing for FastQ files. This tool is developed in C++ with multithreading supported to afford high performance.

You can see https://github.com/OpenGene/fastp#polyg-tail-trimming for more details.

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what is better to remove adapters, quality and poly-G filtering: AfterQC or fastp?

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Any scan/trim tool should work. It would be your preference. Add bbduk.sh from BBMap suite to that list as well.


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