Question: How to process the raw reads from miRNA-seq
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7 months ago by
smallfish0 wrote:


Many studies reported the peak length of miRNA of 22 nt in fishes. However, I obtained the peak length of 24 nt. Is there any mistakes in the data processing?

The raw reads were obtained by illumina hiseq xten sequencing, and were processed with the program cutadapt to trim the adaptor sequence (TGGAATTCTCGGGTGCCAAGGAACTCCAGTCACATCAC) from the 3' end. Reads with poor quality, or shorter than 18 nt were also removed.

Should I cut one base for per read in its 5' and 3'?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 7 months ago by k.kathirvel93190 • written 7 months ago by smallfish0

Some aligners should be able to soft-clip the bases on end. You want to use an ungapped alignment. If you try from BBMap suite use these parameters: ambig=all vslow perfectmode maxsites=1000 for miRNA.

ADD REPLYlink written 7 months ago by genomax65k

You can also check your reads with fastqc or similar before/after trimming. The "per base sequence content" will tell you what are the "extra" nucleotide at the 5' or 3' end.

ADD REPLYlink written 7 months ago by Carlo Yague4.4k
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