Question: Mapping to circular genome (mtDNA)
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2.5 years ago by
Emilie0 wrote:


I am working on detection of mitochondrial DNA mutations. I have performed sequencing of mtDNA from mice, and am using MapSplice2 for further analysis.

I was getting some unexpected results (or rather, I was lacking some expected large deletions) with MapSplice2. I looked at the coverage across the mt genome, and found that the sequence coverage is dropping considerably at the ends of the mtDNA. Which of course in retrospect makes sense, as my circular genome is being handled as a linear one, which is probably causing problems in the mapping (MapSplice2 uses Bowtie)....

But what are the options for mappers that can handle circularity? I am familiar with STAR, but did not find any information on it supporting circular genomes.


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ADD COMMENTlink written 2.5 years ago by Emilie0

Hi, I'm also not aware of any mappers that can take circular references as input.

A simple workaround could be that you just cut your mt genome in two and reverse paste the ends back to each other , creating a 'new genome' , do the mapping with STAR and combine the results (if need-be)

ADD REPLYlink modified 2.5 years ago • written 2.5 years ago by lieven.sterck8.2k
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