featureCounts - how to make ATAC-seq cut-sites BAM
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Lucy ▴ 140


I am trying to calculate the cut sites for my ATAC-seq data and then use these for featureCounts. However, I am unclear exactly how to write the cut sites in BED file format. I have made two different BED files.

In the first, I modified the start and stop position for all forward (+) reads to be the original start site, and I modified the start and stop of all the reverse (-) reads to be the original stop site - 1. The reason for this is because from my reading, the stop site in a BED file is not inclusive.

BED file 1 e.g.

chr1    10073   10073   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:1:13311:12074:5101/1      30      +
chr1    10073   10073   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:4:21410:17550:14082/2     30      +
chr1    10162   10162   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:2:23103:14543:10456/2     30      +
chr1    10208   10208   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:2:23103:14543:10456/1     30      -

In the second, I modified the start position for all forward reads to be the original start site and the stop position to be start site + 1. For the reverse reads, I modified the start to be the original stop site - 1, and the end to be the original stop site. So in the first BED file, the start and end are the same, whereas in the second, the end is 1 bp more than the start.

BED file 2 e.g.

chr1    10073   10074   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:1:13311:12074:5101/1      30      +
chr1    10073   10074   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:4:21410:17550:14082/2     30      +
chr1    10162   10163   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:2:23103:14543:10456/2     30      +
chr1    10208   10209   NB502048:39:HT3HMBGX3:2:23103:14543:10456/1     30      -

After creating these cut-site BED files, I converted them to BAMs and used these for featureCounts. With the two files, I get slightly different counts. I was expecting them to be the same if the stop site is non-inclusive in BED files.

Could anyone explain which of these approaches (if any) is correct and why I see different results with featureCounts using the two files?

Many thanks for the help,


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