Question: Chip-Seq Visualization Without Using Any Peak Caller
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6.1 years ago by
United States
kanwarjag960 wrote:

I have a Chip-seq data where I created bed file with tags from Bam file using window approach. Since I have not used any peak caller how can I visualize peaks/ enriched regions in IGV (preferred) or any other tool.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.1 years ago by arnstrm1.7k • written 6.1 years ago by kanwarjag960
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6.1 years ago by
Ames, IA
arnstrm1.7k wrote:

You can also use SeqMonk ( It is very easy (they have video tutorials), can be done in windows machine (even with average hardware), and it's very fast. You need to provide BAM/SAM files.

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6.1 years ago by
Alex Reynolds28k
Seattle, WA USA
Alex Reynolds28k wrote:

I'll walk through the process of using the BEDOPS-based binning script to generate a histogram of binned reads visualized on a UCSC Genome Browser instance. These instructions assume human (build hg19) but just as easily work for assemblies of other organisms.

(1) Download and install the BEDOPS toolkit, which includes bedops, bedmap, sort-bed, conversion scripts and other utilities used in these instructions.

(2) Get the hg19 version of the chromInfo table from the UCSC Genome Browser.

Visit the UCSC Table Browser. With the All Tables group selected, for example, select the hg19 database and the chromInfo table. Output all fields to a text file. (This step can also be performed with Kent-tools' hgsql commands, if this needs automating.)

(3) Edit this text file (e.g. run awk on it to put in the start coordinate) and pipe it to sort-bed to turn it into a sorted BED file. Here's a ready-to-use example for hg19 that I just made: Again, this step can be automated, but it is a file that won't need updating very often.

(4) Bin the BAM-formatted read data. For example, the following makes a 75 bp-windowed read count spaced in 20 bp bins, written to a Starch-formatted archive called result.starch:

$ myReads.bam $PWD/result.starch 75 20 chrList.bed

You can adjust the size of windows and bins by changing the 75 and 20 parameters, resp.

The Starch file is just a very highly-compressed BED file. We made this format so that we could make the best use of our lab's storage capabilities. You can edit the script to remove the starch - call if you don't want the BED data to be compressed, which lets you skip step 4. Otherwise, we go on to the next step:

(5) Extract the binned, compressed result to a BED file:

$ unstarch result.starch > result.bedGraph

(6) Edit the result.bedGraph file to add the track type. All you need to do is insert track type=bedGraph on its own line at the top of the file, although you can add various parameters to customize the display and look, etc.

(7) Place the modified result.bedGraph on a public-facing web site and copy the URL — or otherwise load a local copy — into a UCSC Genome Browser instance via the Custom Track page (Genomes > manage custom track). The Genome Browser will recognize it as a bedGraph file and render it accordingly.

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That's all there is to it. All these steps can be automated, once you have the process down.

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6.1 years ago by
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Abhi1.5k wrote:

many different file formats but all based on coverage. Any of them could be digested by IGV. If you want some efficiency try choosing a binary data format as it will be faster.

  1. you can upload same bed file you created to IGV
  2. create a wiggle file or better bigWig(binary version)
  3. create a tdf file using igvtools count option

hth, -Abhi

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