Document details for 'An investigation of causes of false positive single nucleotide polymorphisms using simulated reads from a small eukaryote genome'

Authors Ribeiro, A., Golicz, A., Hackett, C.A., Milne, I., Stephen, G., Marshall, D., Flavell, A.J. and Bayer, M.
Publication details BMC Bioinformatics 16, 382.
Keywords false positive; SNP; NGS; read mismapping; misassembly; mapping
Abstract Background: Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are widely used molecular markers, and their use has increased massively since the inception of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, which allow detection of large numbers of SNPs at low cost. However, both NGS data and their analysis are error-prone, which can lead to the generation of false positive (FP) SNPs. We explored the relationship between FP SNPs and seven factors involved in mapping-based variant calling | quality of the reference sequence, read length, choice of mapper and variant caller, mapping stringency and ltering of SNPs by read mapping quality and read depth. This resulted in 576 possible factor level combinations. We used error- and variant-free simulated reads to ensure that every SNP found was indeed a false positive. Results: The variation in the number of FP SNPs generated ranged from 0 to 36,621. All of the experimental factors tested had statistically signi cant e[symbol]ects on the number of FP SNPs generated and there was a considerable amount of interaction between the di[symbol]erent factors. Using a fragmented reference sequence led to a dramatic increase in the number of FP SNPs generated, as did relaxed read mapping and a lack of SNP ltering. The choice of reference assembler, mapper and variant caller also signi cantly a[symbol]ected the outcome. The e[symbol]ect of read length was more complex and suggests a possible interaction between mapping speci city and the potential for contributing more false positives as read length increases. Conclusions: The choice of tools and parameters involved in variant calling can have a dramatic e[symbol]ect on the number of FP SNPs produced, with particularly poor combinations of software and/or parameter settings yielding tens of thousands in this experiment. Between-factor interactions make simple recommendations di[symbol]cult for a SNP discovery pipeline but the quality of the reference sequence is clearly of paramount importance. Our ndings are also a stark reminder that it can be unwise to use the relaxed mismatch settings provided as defaults by some read mappers when reads are being mapped to a relatively un nished reference sequence from e.g. a non-model organism in its early stages of genomic exploration.
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