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Old 04-06-2018, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default FeatureCounts high counts with strand 0,1,2 option

Dear featureCounts developers,

I am working on RNASeq data which is generated using Truseq straded HT kit.

I have done removing adapters and aligned reads using STAR 2 pass mode.

And ran feature counts (subread 1.5.1) using -s option three times 0,1 and 2. More reads were mapped to features when I specified -s as "0". But rseqc infer it as reverse stranded.

Here are the commands which I used:

featureCounts -t exon -s 1 -T 12 -g gene_id -a genes.gtf -o featurecounts.txt sample.starAligned.sortedByCoord.out.bam

sum of counts : 34133722

featureCounts -t exon -s 2 -T 12 -g gene_id -a genes.gtf -o featurecounts.txt sample.starAligned.sortedByCoord.out.bam

sum of counts : 34029447

featureCounts -t exon -s 0 -T 12 -g gene_id -a genes.gtf -o featurecounts.txt sample.starAligned.sortedByCoord.out.bam

sum of counts : 63157326

Am I using parameters correctly? And summing up counts on 7th column of featurecounts output.Is this right way to predict strand?

Few observations:

I observed %GC (49 - 55%) and few overrepresented sequences which are showing as "no hit" in fastqc output. Out of 95% properly paired only 70% were showing as "uniquely mapped" and 20-30% were multimapped.

Out of that, Only 20-30% mapped reads were assigned to featureCounts in "-s 2" mode (reverse).

Since our data is from trueseq library. It should be reverse stranded.
And we should not get high number of counts for both -s 1 and -s 2 options for strand specific data.

Could you please suggest how can I resolve this issue.

Thanks In Advance
Fazulur Rehaman
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:34 AM   #2
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Your data is most likely reverse stranded if the kit uses dUTP method.
Confirm this by looking at your reads in IGV. For this, index your .bam files with e.g. samtools (command: samtools index input.bam output.bai).
In IGV, right click the read area and select alignment color by read strand.

Therefore you should count with featureCounts(strandSpecific = 2) in R, or -s 2 in BASH for reverse strandedness.

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