CNVKit sex specification in controls pool
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atariw • 0

I have a pool of mice controls composed half by male and half by female mice. CNVKIT seems to fail to recognize the correct gender in some of them. Hence I would like to specify the gender manually (and from the manual I understand I should provide the gender with the -x parameter in the 'reference' command). Two questions: 1) How can I specify the gender of all my control samples (given that some are male and some are female) ? -x {f,f,f,f,m,m,m,m}. doesn't work.

2) Should I provide the gender also to the tumor samples ? (in the fix command ?). However I don't see any parameter for that.

Thx a lot

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Eric T. ★ 2.6k

1) If CNVkit misidentifies the gender of a control sample, I'd usually recommend just not including that sample in the reference pool. The reference samples you use should ideally have a clear signal on all chromosomes, including the sex chromosomes.

Otherwise, you can use two separate reference profiles, one male and one female, then choose the profile to match each tumor sample. Usually that's not necessary, but it's possible to do.

2) You don't need to specify the gender of your tumor samples in fix (it only calculates log2 ratios, no adjustment for sex chromosomes), but you have the option of doing so in call where the log2 ratios are converted into integer copy numbers.