The eSNV-detect: A computational system to identify expressed single nucleotide variants from transcriptome sequencing data

Xiaojia Tang, Saurabh Baheti, Khader Shameer, Kevin J. Thompson, Quin Wills, Nifang Niu, Ilona N. Holcomb, Stephane C. Boutet, Ramesh Ramakrishnan, Jennifer M. Kachergus, Jean Pierre A. Kocher, Richard M. Weinshilboum, Liewei Wang, E. Aubrey Thompson, Krishna R. Kalari

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Rapid development of next generation sequencing technology has enabled the identification of genomic alterations from short sequencing reads. There are a number of software pipelines available for calling single nucleotide variants from genomic DNA but, no comprehensive pipelines to identify, annotate and prioritize expressed SNVs (eSNVs) from non-directional paired-end RNA-Seq data. We have developed the eSNV-Detect, a novel computational system, which utilizes data from multiple aligners to call, even at low read depths, and rank variants from RNA-Seq. Multi-platform comparisons with the eSNV-Detect variant candidates were performed. The method was first applied to RNA-Seq from a lymphoblastoid cell-line, achieving 99.7% precision and 91.0% sensitivity in the expressed SNPs for the matching HumanOmni2.5 BeadChip data. Comparison of RNA-Seq eSNV candidates from 25 ER+ breast tumors from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project with whole exome coding data showed 90.6-96.8% precision and 91.6-95.7% sensitivity. Contrasting single-cell mRNA-Seq variants with matching traditional multicellular RNA-Seq data for the MD-MB231 breast cancer cell-line delineated variant heterogeneity among the single-cells. Further, Sanger sequencing validation was performed for an ER+ breast tumor with paired normal adjacent tissue validating 29 out of 31 candidate eSNVs. The source code and user manuals of the eSNV-Detect pipeline for Sun Grid Engine and virtual machine are available at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere172
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue number22
StatePublished - Dec 16 2014


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