Question: What Is The Expected Distribution Of The Distance Between Aligned Paired-End Reads?
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9.5 years ago by
Pfs510
United States
Pfs510 wrote:

Hello,

I tried to plot the distribution of the distance between mates among mapped reads (RNASEQ) and I noticed many different distributions.

I was expecting the distance being centered at x, where x is the insert size.

Is this true for all chromosomes? How about those reads that map mitochondria DNA?

THANKS!

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ADD COMMENTlink written 9.5 years ago by Pfs510

If your experiment worked, would the distances not merely reflect the distances between exons? If so, that would almost certainly be a multi-modal distribution.

ADD REPLYlink written 9.5 years ago by Aaronquinlan11k

your saying the distances varied between different chromosomes?

ADD REPLYlink written 9.5 years ago by Jeremy Leipzig19k

you're saying the distances varied between different chromosomes?

ADD REPLYlink written 9.5 years ago by Jeremy Leipzig19k
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9.5 years ago by
Chris Miller21k
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Chris Miller21k wrote:

Let's say your insert size is 100 bp starting out. You get your reads from the RNA, then map those reads back to the reference genome. You'll quickly figure out that many of the paired reads have ends mapping to two different exons. This means that if you take the mapping distance between the reads, your distance is going to be 100 bp (your insert size) PLUS the size of the intron between the exons.

The median intron size is about 1300bp, but is highly variable, so you're not going to get a clean peak around your insert size.

ADD COMMENTlink written 9.5 years ago by Chris Miller21k
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