Bacterial genome hybrid assembly
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A_heath ▴ 120

Hi all,

I have a bacterial genome that I know has an approximate size of 7.3m. I have both short-reads (Illumina) and long-reads (Pacbio). Sequencing showed good coverage. I tried to assemble these data using SPAdes, Flye or Canu but I can not obtain a circular chromosome contig. I know there is plasmid contigs in this genome but the best assembly I got was with Flye (and rounds of Pilon) with a total of 8 contigs.

Do you know another assembler tool that I can use? Do you have any advices on how should I perform this assembly?

Thank you very much for your help,

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As hybrid assembler you could try Unicycler

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You can try circulator to circularize the assembly.

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oschwengers ▴ 90

I'd suggest Unicycler. From my experience it sometimes helps to assemble the long reads first using Flye and feed that as a pre-assembly back into Unicycler using both short and long reads. Tricycler would also be an interesting option with various rounds of short read polishing afterwards - but no experience so far with that.

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Can you please elaborate this " the long reads first using Flye and feed that as a pre-assembly back into Unicycler using both short and long reads". Here, you mean long reads is assembly generated by Flye with short reads?

Thank you,

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I mean, you can use Flye to assemble only the long reads first. Then, the assembly graph of this long-read assembly can be handed over to Unicycler (together with the long and short reads) via

--existing_long_read_assembly

Just try

unicycler --help_all

for a long list of all available options and parameters. For some tricky cases this helped to close the genomes.

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Thank you for your much appreciated help on this! Unicycler worked great, but I still got an un-circularized chromosome. I will try to otpimize this assembly with Tricycler

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