how to link hmmalign result and FastTree or other Tree tools
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Hi, everyone.

I am making a protein gene family tree, I decide to use hmmalign to align my protein set to hmm model then use FastTree or other Tree methods to make a tree. In order to trim nonhomologous residues, I also set the --trim parameter. But I find it seems that tree methods like FastTree not parse the hmmalign output and it will report the error.

I am wondering whether someone can give some advice about how to link hmmalign result and FastTree or other Tree tools.

Thanks

Guandong Shang

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Mensur Dlakic ★ 20k

By default hmmalign produces alignments in Stockholm format. That is an uncommon format that most programs can't read, and FastTree is no exception. I suggest you convert the Stockholm alignment made by hmmalign using the esl-reformat utility which comes with HMMer:

esl-reformat -u --gapsym=- afa alignment.sto > alignment.afa

The aligned fasta file should work with FastTree.

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Thanks ! And I just find it seems that hmmalign also have "--outformat" parameter, I am curious the difference between "hmmalign --outformat afa" and "esl-reformat afa"

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My version of hmmalign doesn't have the --outformat afa option (only --outformat a2m, which is different). If yours does, that should work without the extra re-alignment step.

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Thanks, my HMMER version did have --outformat afa :)

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