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The current SLiMSuite release is
2016-09-12 and can be downloaded by clicking the button (left).
See also: Installation and Setup.
The long-overdue September 2016 release of SLiMSuite
v1.2.0 is now on GitHub. Apart from a few bug fixes, the main updates in this release are to the tools for PacBio genomics, notably
SMRTSCAPE and a new SNP Mapping tool,
Snapper. These are still in development and need further documentation but are ready for use with a little help. Please get in touch if you are interested. Proper documentation and example use will hopefully follow soon, as the first PacBio yeast paper is written.
GABLAM has had some minor tweaks for improved function with
PAGSAT and another developmental tool that will be in the next release (
REVERT - available via the REST servers). These have been focused on the
fragfas=T output of fragmented BLAST hits based on local alignments. This includes addition of a new default to reverse complement reverse hits (
fragrevcomp=T) and the separation of parameters for splitting up local hits into multiple fragments (
gablamfrag=X) and merging close/overlapping fragments (
• rje_pydocs: Updated from Version 2.16.2.
→ Version 2.16.3: Fixed docstring REST parsing to work with _V* modules.
• rje: Updated from Version 4.15.1.
→ Version 4.16.0: Added list2dict(inlist,inkeys) and dict2list(indict,inkeys) functions.
→ Version 4.16.1: Improved handling of integer parameters when given bad commands.
→ Version 4.17.0: Added extra functions to randomList()
• rje_blast_V2: Updated from Version 2.9.1.
→ Version 2.10.0: Added nocoverage calculation based on local alignment table.
→ Version 2.11.0: Added localFragFas output method.
→ Version 2.11.1: Fixed snp local table revcomp bug. [Check this!]
→ Version 2.11.2: Fixed GABLAM calculation bug when '*' in protein sequences.
• rje_db: Updated from Version 1.8.0.
→ Version 1.8.1: Added sfdict to saveTable output.
• rje_genbank: Updated from Version 1.3.2.
→ Version 1.4.0: Added addtags=T/F : Add locus_tag identifiers if missing - needed for gene/cds/prot fasta output [False]
→ Version 1.4.1: Fixed genetic code warning.
→ Version 1.5.0: Added setupRefGenome() method based on PAGSAT code.
→ Version 1.5.1: Fixed logskip append locus sequence file bug.
→ Version 1.5.2: Fixed addtag(s) bug.
• rje_hprd: Updated from Version 1.2.
→ Version 1.2.1: Fixed "PROTEIN_ARCHITECTURE" bug.
• rje_menu: Updated from Version 0.3.
→ Version 0.4.0: Changed handling of default for exiting menu loop. May affect behaviour of some existing menus.
• rje_mitab: Updated from Version 0.2.0.
→ Version 0.2.1: Fixed redundant evidence/itype bug (primarily dip)
• rje_obj: Updated from Version 2.1.3.
→ Version 2.2.0: Added screenwrap=X.
→ Version 2.2.1: Improved handling of integer parameters when given bad commands.
• rje_samtools: Updated from Version 0.1.0.
→ Version 0.2.0: Added majmut=T/F : Whether to restrict output and stats to positions with non-reference Major Allele [False]
→ Version 1.0.0: Major reworking. Old version frozen as rje_samtools_V0.
→ Version 1.1.0: Added snptabmap=X,Y alternative SNPTable mapping and read_depth statistics . Added majref=T/F.
→ Version 1.2.0: Added developmental combining of read mapping onto two different genomes.
→ Version 1.3.0: Major debugging and code clean up.
→ Version 1.4.0: Added parsing of read number (to link SNPs) and fixed deletion error at same time. Added rid=T/F and snponly=T/F.
→ Version 1.5.0: Added biallelic=T/F : Whether to restrict SNPs to pure biallelic SNPs (two alleles meeting mincut) [False]
→ Version 1.5.1: Fixed REF/Ref ALT/Alt bug.
→ Version 1.6.0: Added majfocus=T/F : Whether the focus is on Major Alleles (True) or Mutant/Reference Alleles (False) [True]
→ Version 1.7.0: Added parsing of *.sam files for generating RID table.
→ Version 1.8.0: Added read coverage summary/checks.
→ Version 1.8.1: Fixed issue when RID file not generated by pileup parsing. Set RID=True by default to avoid issues.
• rje_samtools_V0: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0: Initial Compilation.
→ Version 0.1.0: Modified version to handle multiple loci per file. (Original was for single bacterial chromosomes.)
→ Version 0.2.0: Added majmut=T/F : Whether to restrict output and stats to positions with non-reference Major Allele [False]
• rje_seq: Updated from Version 3.23.0.
→ Version 3.24.0: Added REST seqout output.
• rje_seqlist: Updated from Version 1.15.3.
→ Version 1.15.4: Fixed REST server output bug.
→ Version 1.15.5: Fixed reformat=fasta default issue introduced from fixing REST output bug.
→ Version 1.16.0: Added edit=T sequence edit mode upon loading (will switch seqmode=list).
→ Version 1.17.0: Added additional summarise=T output for seqmode=db.
→ Version 1.18.0: Added revcomp to reformat options.
→ Version 1.19.0: Added option log description for deleting sequence during edit.
→ Version 1.20.0: Added option to give a file of changes for edit mode.
→ Version 1.20.1: Fixed edit=FILE deletion bug.
• rje_sequence: Updated from Version 2.5.2.
→ Version 2.5.3: Fixed genetic code warning error.
• rje_slimcore: Updated from Version 2.7.5.
→ Version 2.7.6: Added feature masking log info or warning.
→ Version 2.7.7: Switched feature masking OFF by default to give consistent Uniprot versus FASTA behaviour.
• rje_synteny: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0.0: Initial Compilation.
• rje_taxonomy: Updated from Version 1.1.0.
→ Version 1.2.0: Added storage of Parents.
• rje_tree: Updated from Version 2.13.0.
→ Version 2.14.0: Added cladeSpec().
• rje_uniprot: Updated from Version 3.21.4.
→ Version 3.22.0: Tweaked REST table output.
• rje_xref: Updated from Version 1.8.0.
→ Version 1.8.1: Added rest run mode to avoid XRef table output if no gene ID list is given. Added `genes` and `genelist` as `idlist=LIST` synonym.
→ Version 1.8.2: Catching self.dict['Mapping'] error for REST server.
• snp_mapper: Updated from Version 0.4.0.
→ Version 0.5.0: Added CDS rating.
→ Version 0.6.0: Added AltFT mapping mode (map features to AltLocus and AltPos)
→ Version 0.7.0: Added additional fields for processing Snapper output. (Hopefully will still work for SAMTools etc.)
→ Version 0.8.0: Added parsing of GFF file from Prokka.
→ Version 0.8.1: Corrected "intron" classification for first position of features. Updated FTBest defaults.
→ Version 1.0.0: Version that works with Snapper V1.0.0. Not really designed for standalone running any more.
• comparimotif_V3: Updated from Version 3.12.
→ Version 3.13.0: Added REST server function.
• gablam: Updated from Version 2.20.0.
→ Version 2.21.0: Added nocoverage Table output of regions missing from pairwise SNP Table.
→ Version 2.21.1: Added fragrevcomp=T/F : Whether to reverse-complement DNA fragments that are on reverse strand to query [True]
→ Version 2.22.0: Added description to HitSum table.
→ Version 2.22.1: Added localaln=T/F to keep local alignment sequences in the BLAST local Table.
→ Version 2.22.2: Fixed local output error. (Query/Qry issue - need to fix this and make consistent!)
→ Version 2.22.3: Fixed blastv and blastb error: limit also applies to individual pairwise hits!
→ Version 2.23.0: Divided GablamFrag and FragMerge.
• pagsat: Updated from Version 1.6.1.
→ Version 1.7.0: Added tidy=T/F option. (Development)
→ Version 1.7.1: Updated tidy=T/F to include initial assembly.
→ Version 1.7.2: Fixed some bugs introduced by changing gablam fragment output.
→ Version 1.7.3: Added circularise sequence generation.
→ Version 1.8.0: Added orphan processing and non-chr naming of Reference.
→ Version 1.9.0: Modified the join sorting and merging. Added better tracking of positions when trimming.
→ Version 1.9.1: Added joinmargin=X : Number of extra bases allowed to still be considered an end local BLAST hit 
→ Version 1.10.0: Added weighted tree output and removed report warning.
→ Version 1.10.1: Fixed issue related to having Description in GABLAM HitSum tables.
→ Version 1.10.2: Tweaked haploid core output.
→ Version 1.10.3: Fixed tidy bug for RevComp contigs and switched joinsort default to Identity. (Needs testing.)
→ Version 1.10.4: Added genetar option to tidy out genesummary and protsummary output. Incorporated rje_synteny.
→ Version 1.10.5: Set gablamfrag=1 for gene/protein hits.
→ Version 1.11.0: Consolidated automated tidy mode and cleaned up some excess code.
→ Version 1.11.1: Added option for running self-PAGSAT of ctidX contigs versus haploid set. Replaced ctid "X" with "N".
→ Version 1.11.2: Fixed Snapper run choice bug.
• pingu_V4: Updated from Version 4.5.3.
→ Version 4.6.0: Added hubonly=T/F : Whether to restrict pairwise PPI to those with both hub and spoke in hublist [False]
→ Version 4.6.1: Fixed some ppifas=T/F bugs and added combineppi=T/F : Whether to combine all spokes into a single fasta file [False]
→ Version 4.6.2: Added check/filter for multiple SpokeUni pointing to same sequence. (Compilation redundancy mapping failure!)
→ Version 4.6.3: Fixed issue with 1:many SpokeUni:Spoke mappings messing up XHub.
→ Version 4.7.0: Added ppidbreport=T/F : Summary output for PPI compilation of evidence/PPIType/DB overlaps [True]
→ Version 4.8.0: Fixed report duplication issue and added additional summary output
• qslimfinder: Updated from Version 2.1.0.
→ Version 2.1.1: Switched feature masking OFF by default to give consistent Uniprot versus FASTA behaviour.
• seqsuite: Updated from Version 1.11.0.
→ Version 1.11.1: Redirected PacBio to call SMRTSCAPE.
→ Version 1.11.2: Fixed batchrun batchlog=False log error.
→ Version 1.12.0: Added Snapper.
• slimfarmer: Updated from Version 1.4.3.
→ Version 1.4.4: Modified default vmem request to 126GB from 127GB.
→ Version 1.4.5: Updated BLAST loading default to 2.2.31
• slimfinder: Updated from Version 5.2.1.
→ Version 5.2.2: Added warnings for ambocc and minocc that exceed the absolute minima. Updated docstring.
→ Version 5.2.3: Switched feature masking OFF by default to give consistent Uniprot versus FASTA behaviour. Fixed FTMask=T/F bug.
• slimparser: Updated from Version 0.3.3.
→ Version 0.3.4: Tweaked error messages.
→ Version 0.4.0: Added simple json format output.
• slimprob: Updated from Version 2.2.4.
→ Version 2.2.5: Fixed FTMask=T/F bug.
• slimsearch: Updated from Version 1.7.
→ Version 1.7.1: Minor modification to docstring. Preparation for update to SLiMSearch 2.0 optimised for proteome searches.
• slimsuite: Updated from Version 1.5.1.
→ Version 1.5.2: Updated XRef REST call.
→ Version 1.6.0: Removed SLiMCore as default. Default will now show help.
• smrtscape: Updated from Version 1.8.0.
→ Version 1.9.0: Updated empirical preassembly mapefficiency calculation.
→ Version 1.10.0: Added batch processing of subread files.
→ Version 1.10.1: Fixed bug in batch processing.
• snapper: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0.0: Initial Compilation.
→ Version 0.1.0: Tidied up with improved run pickup.
→ Version 0.2.0: Added FASTQ and improved CNV output along with all features.
→ Version 0.2.1: Fixed local output error. (Query/Qry issue - need to fix this and make consistent!) Fixed snp local table revcomp bug.
→ Version 0.2.2: Corrected excess CNV table output (accnum AND shortname).
→ Version 0.2.3: Corrected "intron" classification for first position of features. Updated FTBest defaults.
→ Version 1.0.0: Working version with completed draft manual. Added to SeqSuite.
→ Version 1.0.1: Fixed issues when features missing.
SMRTSCAPE (SMRT Subread Coverage & Assembly Parameter Estimator) is tool in development as part of our PacBio sequencing projects for predicting and/or assessing the quantity and quality of useable data required/produced for HGAP3 de novo whole genome assembly. The current documentation is below. Some tutorials will be developed in the future - in the meantime, please get in touch if you want to use it and anything isn’t clear.
The main functions of
Estimate Genome Coverage and required numbers of SMRT cells given predicted read outputs. NOTE: Default settings for SMRT cell output are not reliable and you should speak to your sequencing provider for up-to-date figures in their hands.
Summarise the amount of sequence data obtained from one or more SMRT cells, including unique coverage (one read per ZMW).
Calculate predicted coverage from subread data for difference length and quality cutoffs.
Predict HGAP3 length and quality settings to achieve a given coverage and accuracy.
SMRTSCAPE will be available in the next SLiMSuite download. The
coverage=T mode can be run from the EdwardsLab server at: http://www.slimsuite.unsw.edu.au/servers/pacbio.php. (This is currently running a slightly old implementation but should be updated shortly.)
Version: 1.10.1 Last Edit: 26/05/16
### ~ General Options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### genomesize=X : Genome size (bp)  ### ~ Genome Coverage Options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### coverage=T/F : Whether to generate coverage report [False] avread=X : Average read length (bp)  smrtreads=X : Average assemble output of a SMRT cell  smrtunits=X : Units for smrtreads=X (reads/Gb/Mb) [reads] errperbase=X : Error-rate per base [0.14] maxcov=X : Maximmum X coverage to calculate  bysmrt=T/F : Whether to output estimated coverage by SMRT cell rather than X coverage [False] xnlist=LIST : Additional columns giving % sites with coverage >= Xn [1+`minanchorx`->`targetxcov`+`minanchorx`] ### ~ SubRead Summary Options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### summarise=T/F : Generate subread summary statistics including ZMW summary data [False] seqin=FILE : Subread sequence file for analysis [None] batch=FILELIST : Batch input of multiple subread fasta files (wildcards allowed) if seqin=None  targetcov=X : Target percentage coverage for final genome [99.999] targeterr=X : Target errors per base for preassembly [1/genome size] calculate=T/F : Calculate X coverage and target X coverage for given seed, anchor + RQ combinations [False] minanchorx=X : Minimum X coverage for anchor subreads  minreadlen=X : Absolute minimum read length for calculations (use minlen=X to affect summary also)  rq=X,Y : Minimum (X) and maximum (Y) values for read quality cutoffs [0.8,0.9] rqstep=X : Size of RQ jumps for calculation (min 0.001) [0.01] ### ~ Preassembly Fragmentation analysis Options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### preassembly=FILE: Preassembly fasta file to assess/correct over-fragmentation (use seqin=FILE for subreads) [None] ### ~ Assembly Parameter Options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### parameters=T/F : Whether to output predicted "best" set of parameters [False] targetxcov=X : Target 100% X Coverage for pre-assembly  xmargin=X : "Safety margin" inflation of X coverage  mapefficiency=X : [Adv.] Efficiency of mapping anchor subreads onto seed reads for correction [1.0] xsteplen=X : [Adv.] Size (bp) of increasing coverage steps for calculating required depths of coverage [1e6] parseparam=FILES: Parse parameter settings from 1+ assembly runs  paramlist=LIST : List of parameters to retain for parseparam output (file or comma separated, blank=all)  predict=T/F : Whether to add XCoverage prediction and efficiency estimation from parameters and subreads [False] ### ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ###
SMRTSCAPE has a number of functions for PacBio sequencing projects, concerned with predicting and/or assessing the quantity and quality of useable data produced:
summarise=T). This function summarises subread data from a given
seqin=FILEfasta file, or a set of subread fasta files given with
calculate=T). Calculates length cutoffs for different XCoverage combinations from subread summary data.
parameters=T). This function attempts to generate predicted optimum assembly settings from the
coverage=T). This method tries to predict genome coverage and accuracy for different depths of PacBio sequencing.
parseparam=FILES). This method parses assembly parameters from the SmrtPipeSettings Summary file.
predict=T). This method compares predicted coverage from seed reads with estimated coverage from preassembly data.
These are explored in more detail below.
The setup phase primarily sorts out the
SMRTSCAPE objects. With the exception of pure
ParseParam runs, it will also set up:
genomesize=X, this will be asked for as it is required X coverage/depth and accuracy calculations.
targeterr=X, a target error rate of 1/
GenomeSizewill be set.
basefile=Xsetting is given, the basename for output files will be set to the basename of
seqin=FILEif given (stripping
.subreadsif present), else
This function summarises subread data from a given
seqin=FILE fasta file, or a set of subread fasta files given with
batch=FILELIST. This uses the
summarise=T function of
rje_seqlist to first give text output to the log file of some summary statistics:
Next, Pacbio-specific subread header information will be parsed to generate three summary tables (described in more detail below):
*.zmw.tdtsummary of all subreads.
*.unique.tdtsummary of the longest subread per ZMW.
*.rq.tdtsummary of subread data for different Read Quality values.
These are generated by parsing both the sequence data and the sequence name data:
>m150625_001530_42272_c100792502550000001823157609091582_s1_p0/9/0_3967 RQ=0.784 >m150625_001530_42272_c100792502550000001823157609091582_s1_p0/11/0_20195 RQ=0.868
These are split into component parts:
m150625_001530_42272_c100792502550000001823157609091582_s1_p0= SMRT cell (
/9= ZMW (
/0_3967= raw read positions used for subread (5’ adaptor removed) (
RQ=0.784= read quality (mean per base accuracy) (
The numbers and “best” subreads for each ZMW are summarised in
#RN log file entries.
The first output file is the
*.zmw.tdt, which stores the subread information:
RQ= as above.
RN= subread number within ZMW (1 to N).
Len= length of subread.
Seq= sequence file position.
The unique key for this file is:
This table is made from
*.zmw.tdt by reducing each ZMW’s output to a single read. Reads are kept in preference of (a) longest, (b) read quality (if tied), and finally (c) earliest read (if tied for both). It hase the same fields as
*.zmw.tdt with keys determined by:
This table outputs the number and percentage of subreads and longest reads at each read quality (
RQ= read quality (per base accuracy)
xerr= the Xdepth required @ that
RQto meet the
targeterr=Xerror per base accuracy.
subread= number of subreads with that
unique= number of “best” unique subread per ZMW with that
f.subreads= proportion of subreads with that
f.unique= proportion of unique subreads with that
cum.subreads= proportion of subreads with quality >=
cum.unique= proportion of unique subreads with quality >=
x.subreads= XCoverage of subreads with quality >=
x.unique= XCoverage of unqiue subreads with quality >=
MeanRQ= mean read quality of bases in subreads with quality >=
Mean.XErr= the Xdepth required at that
MeanRQto meet the
targeterr=Xerror per base accuracy.
This function calculates length cutoffs for different XCoverage combinations from subread summary data. It uses the
*.rq.tdt files from above, generating if required (and regenerating if
XCovLimit data are calculated. These are the summed read lengths required to generate the desired genome coverage (
targetcov=X) at different depths of X coverage. Note that the square root of the
targetcov=X value is used, as the HGAP assembly process involves two layers of genome coverage: (1) coverage of seed reads by anchor reads to generate the pre-assembly; (2) coverage of the pre-assembly.
XCovLimit data are calculated by incrementing total summed read lengths in 1 Mb increments (adjusted with
xsteplen=X). At each incremment,
genomesize=X is used to calculate the total X coverage. The probability of the target
X coverage (starting at
1X) given the total X coverage is then calculated using a Poisson distribution. If this probability exceeds the target genome coverage, the current summed length is set as the
X and the target
X increased by 1. The total summed read length is then incremented by
xsteplen and the process repeated until the summed length reaches the total length of all subreads of at least the size set by
minreadlen=X (default 500 bp).
Next, the read quality steps to calculate are established using
rq=X,Y (minimum (
X) and maximum (
Y) read quality cutoffs, defaults=0.8-0.9) and
rqstep=X (the size of
RQ steps for calculations, default=0.01 (min 0.001).
Finally, the seed and anchor lengths required to achieve certain minimum Xdepths of target genome coverage are calculated and output to
TargetErr is used to establish the min. required anchor read Xdepth (
AnchorMinX). If this exceeds the specified
minanchorx=X value, this will be used as the minimum target instead. Next, the seed read length (
SeedLen) required to get a combined unique seed read length to give a minimum Xdepth (
targetxcov=X is calculated. Where
xmargin > 0, additional seed lengths will also be calculated to give deeper minimum seed Xdepths. e.g.
targetxcov=3 xmargin=2 will calculate
5X. For each
SeedLen, anchor read length cutoffs are also calculated such that the summed length of unique reads where
AnchorLen <= length <
SeedLen is sufficent to give
AnchorMinX values from the minimum established above until
XMargin is reached.
If there is insufficient data to meet the minimum seed and anchor read depths, the “optimal” seed XCoverage will be calculated from the unique seed reads, as described for
coverage=T. In essence,
SeedMinX will be reduced to meet
AnchorMinX until it falls below zero and then the two values will be optimised to try and maximise genome coverage at the required target error. Users may prefer instead to relax the
minanchorx=X values. This optimisation is based on unique Xcoverage and the precise values subsequently output in
*.cutoffs.tdt may differ. (Relaxed variations could be run with higher
xmargin=X values to output a range from which the chosen values can be selected for
mapefficiency=X is used during this process to reduce the effective seed coverage at a given summed length and thus inflate the required
SeedX needed to achieve a given
This table contains the main output from the
calculate=T function. Unique entries are determined by combinations of
RQ= Read Quality Cutoff.
SeedMinX= Min seed XCoverage for TargetCov % of genome (unique reads). If this is <1, it indicates the proportion of the genome covered at 1X.
SeedLen= Seed length Cutoff.
SeedX= Total Seed read XCoverage (all reads).
AnchorMinX= Min anchor XCoverage for TargetCov % of genome (unique reads). If this is <
minanchorx=X, it indicates the proportion of the genome covered at
AnchorLen= Anchor read (i.e. overall subread) length cutoff.
AnchorX= Total Anchor read XCoverage (all reads).
[ ] : Add preassembly details here.
parameters=T function attempts to generate predicted optimum assembly settings from the
calculate=T table data.
*.cutoffs.tdttable is read in (or generated if required).
xmargin=Xsettings are used to determine the desired
SeedMinXvalue, i.e. the miniumum depth of coverage of the chosen seed reads. (NB. The
mapefficiency=Xsetting is used for inflating the required XCoverage needed to meet this Min XDepth during the calculate process.)
RQcutoff is now assessed and the
targeterr=Xsetting used to determine the required Xdepth per base for error correction. Note: This uses the minimum RQ value and should thus be conservative. Using the mean RQ was considered but it was deemed that conservative is best in this scenario.
AnchorMinXis calculated from the target Xdepth and
xmargin=X. The final value is reduced by one to allow for the fact that the seed read counts as X=1 for error estimation.
Note that the predicted parameter settings are only output as
#PARAM log entries: the full set (including these “optimal” ones) are part of the
This method tries to predict genome coverage and accuracy for different depths of PacBio sequencing based on predicted usable output statistics and the genome size. Statistics for existing runs can be generated using the
summarise=T option and used to inform
calculate=T if run together.
Setup. If the
summarise=T option is used and/or there is an existing
BASEFILE.unique.tdt file (and
force=F) then the
*.unique.tdt table will be used to generate SMRT cells statistics: mean read count (used to populate
smrtreads=X); mean total read count (used to populate
avread=X); mean RQ (used to populated
errperbase=X). Otherwise, the corresponding commandline options will be used. If
smrtreads=X will be recalculated as
XnList. The second stage of setup is to calculate the %coverage at certain X depth coverage to be calculated along with overall depth of coverage etc. These numbers are based on the subread
minanchorx. Any levels explicitly chosen by
xnlist=LIST will also be calculated.
TargetXDepth. Next, target Xdepth values are calculated in the same fashion as
XCovLimit data (above), except that these are now converted to Xcoverage (based on
GenomeSize) rather than total subread lengths.
Accuracy. The % genome coverage and accuracy for different X coverage of a genome are then calculated assuming a non-biased error distribution. Calculations use binomial/poisson distributions, assuming independence of sites. Accuracy is based on a majority reads covering a particular base with the correct call, assuming random calls at the other positions (i.e. the correct bases have to exceed 33% of the incorrect positions). The
errperbase=X parameter is used for this calculation.
Coverage. Coverage statistics are then calculated for each Xdepth of sequencing (or SMRT cell if
bysmrt=T) First, the optimal seed read Xcoverage is calculated. The target seed Xdepth (
targetxcov=X) and anchor depth (
minanchorx=X) are used to identify the total target Xcoverage. If this is met (inflating required seed coverage to account for
mapefficiency=X), the largest seedX value that meets the
minanchorx=X anchor depth is selected. If this cannot be achieved with seedX >= 1, the optimal balance between seed length and anchor length is achieved by maximising the probability of 1X seed coverage and
MinAnchorX+ anchor coverage. This seed read length is then used to generate the predicted coverage output.
Main output is the
*.coverage.tdt file. All calculations are based on subreads, and therefore using the “raw” polymerase read data for the
smrtreads=X value for SMRT cells will overestimate coverage. Note that
smrtreads=X can be used to input sequence capacity in Gb (or Mb) rather than read counts by changing
XCoverage= Total mean depth of coverage.
SMRT= Total number of SMRT cells.
%Coverage= Estimated %coverage of assembly.
%Accuracy= Estimated %accuracy of assembled genome. This is established by working out the predicted proportion of the genome at each Xcoverage (given the total
XCoverage) and the accuracy at that depth (as described above).
%Complete= Product of %coverage and %accuracy.
SeedX= Estimated optimal depth of coverage for seed reads.
This method will take a bunch of
*.settings text files (wildcards allowed) and parse out the assembly parameter settings into a delimited text file. The contents of these files should be consistent with the
Assembly_Metrics_*.xlsx file produced by the SMRT Portal.
Output for this method is a
*.settings.tdt file, which has the following field headers:
Setting. The full setting name, e.g.
Prefix. The setting prefix, e.g.
Suffix. The setting suffix, e.g.
minCorCov. (This is used for some of the
Variable. Whether the parameter is variable (“TRUE”) or fixed (“FALSE”) in the set of
*.settingsfiles being parsed.
Assemblies. Each assembly (the
*.settings) will get its own field containing the actual value used for that parameter in that assembly.
NOTE: The files coming off SMRT Portal have some undesirable non-unicode characters in them. These are hopefully stripped by
SMRTSCAPE but it is possible that some parameters may not be correctly parsed.
It is possible to parse a selected subset of parameters using
paramlist=LIST. (This is easiest where
LIST is a text file with one parameter per line.) This should be a list of the full parameter name, i.e. the content of the
[ ] : Add the recommended list of parameters here.
This function predicts coverage from parsed assembly parameters and compares to pre-assembly subreads if possible. Its primary function is to check that the parameter settings from
calculate=T are working as expected (at least in terms of preassembly generation) and to tweak the
mapefficiency=X option if required. Where a reference is available, it can also be used to test the make
SRMTSCAPE calculations in terms of coverage etc.
Predict uses data from the
parseparam=FILES functions. (These will be run if required.) As such, it requires the original subread data (
seqin=FILE) and the list of
*.settings files that identifies the assemblies. (See
*.preassembly.fasta files should match the
*.settings files. (The file looked for will be identified as a
#PREX log entry.)
If it already exists, the
*.predict.tdt will be loaded and updated. Otherwise a new
*.predict.tdt file will be created. (See below.)
Predict first loads in the relevant data and assembly parameters (see output) before calculating expected coverage from subread data and observed coverage from preassembly data.
The output of
Predict mode is a
*.predict.tdt output file with the following fields:
Assembly= The assembly base filename for a given file in
SeedX= mean depth of coverage for seed reads given seed length and min RQ score.
AnchorX= mean depth of coverage for anchor reads given seed length and min RQ score.
SeedMinX= minimum depth of coverage of unique seed reads to achieve
AnchorMinX= minimum depth of coverage of unique anchor reads to achieve
PreCov= predicted base coverage of pre-assembly.
CorPreCov= corrected predicted base coverage of pre-assembly given
PreX= average depth of coverage of
PreMinX= minimum depth of coverage of
*.preassembly.fastasequences to achieve
SeedXas an estimate of the loss of seed sequence during the preassembly mapping phase. Ideally, this should be close to the
mapefficiency=Xsetting. (NOTE: SMRTSCAPE has not undergone extensive testing of this assumption.
Dr Richard Edwards, University of New South Wales
Thursday 10th December 2015
General information about SLiMs and motif discovery can be found in the literature. Some good places to start are the recent ELM 2016 paper and our 2015 Methods in Molecular Biology review as well as the SLiMScape app paper:
For information about SLiMSuite, please visit the EdwardsLab webpage and the SLiMSuite blog. Help and documentation for the REST servers can also be found at the REST homepage. If in doubt, please email:
Several EdwardsLab publications also cover motifs and SLiMSuite tools.
The current SLiMSuite release is
2015-11-30 and can be downloaded by clicking the button (left).
See also: Installation and Setup.
For this workshop, we will primarily be running the tools (and looking at pre-generated results) via the online servers:
From a computer science perspective, input and output for SLiMSuite is just plain ASCII text. This makes it easy to plug SLiMSuite into existing scripts and pipelines - and manually view/edit any input or output files if required. However, “plain text” is not very informative, and SLiMSuite actually deals with a lot of different formats of plain text (from a “human formatting” rather than “file type” point of view). The documentation is currently in the process of being updated to better reflect these formats but some commandline options will still simply list
FILELIST as input parameters: see the accompanying descriptions to see what format these should be. Ask if it’s not clear! (File format documentation will also be added to the SLiMSuite blog, so check there.)
Within SLiMSuite, each file type has a distinct “file extension” that denotes the file type. Note that these are not enforced for input, although some programs may not always recognise the right format if a different extension is used. If you get odd input behaviour/errors that you do not understand, see if changing the file extensions helps. If you want a common file extension to be auto-recognised, let me know and I might be able to add it. SLiMSuite file extensions will not necessarily be recognised by other programs. NOTE: Operating systems will sometimes hide file extensions by default. If you are getting very confused, or have problems of extra
*.txt extensions on everything, try changing the system settings. (And/or becoming familiar with command-line file manipulation.)
The main input formats for SLiM discovery are:
Jobs can be run and retrieved at: http://www.slimsuite.unsw.edu.au/servers.php. (This is a bit easier than making the URL directly, although this is also an option as we will see.)
NOTE: Some of the jobs take a while to run and the SLiMSuite servers have limited resources. It would therefore be useful if you could click on the example JobID links rather than trying to run every example REST command yourself. The first output tab (and the log tab) will show you the run times for that job, so you can see which jobs are fast or slow before you experiment.
ELM. Visit http://http://www.elm.eu.org/ and enter your protein of choice as Uniprot identifier or accession number in the box. (Identifiers will auto-complete and fill in some extra details.) For non-Uniprot protein sequences, you can also enter fasta format.
SLiMProb. We can do a similar search using the
SLiMProb REST server (paste the contents of the grey box onto the end of the
NOTE: The ELM alias currently searches the 2015 ELM classes.
The SLiMSearch server is accessible at: http://slim.ucd.ie/slimsearch/. This has been recently updated to Version 4 and now brings in a lot of information, so it is recommended that you read the Help pages for the server.
Example (LIG_CtBP_PxDLS_1): http://slim.ucd.ie/rest/#/slimsearch/annotations?jobId=7R8Tvssm9HEdjWW7jQsgEHUfP0VlHdR6
Human protein PRDM16 is particularly interesting: it does not have an annotated ELM but does match a region annotated to interact with CTBP1. (See the Region column - Expand the instance Feature annotations for a clearer look.) This kind of search can be a good way of identifying new instances of known motifs - some of which may be in the literature but may not have yet made it into database annotation.
The ELM definition for this motif
P[LVIPME][DENS][LM][VASTRG] is very degenerate with a lot of hits - over-prediction is a big problem in motif discovery. We can try to make the definition a little tighter as the expense of some instances, using another tool called SLiMMaker:
Repeating the SLiMSearch analysis with the redefined motif (
P[EILMV][DN]L[ARST]) gives a greater density of known ELMs (see the Motif column) in the top ranked motifs: http://slim.ucd.ie/rest/#/slimsearch/annotations?jobId=L41BRpXQ1oTD6ByDuUSqjWbQZ22WBKbw.
SLiMFinder is designed to look for convergently evolved motifs that are shared between unrelated proteins. For example, we can look at the proteins known (in ELM) to contain the
LIG_PCNA_PIPBox_1. As SLiMs are generally in disordered regions, we will switch disorder masking on with
dismask=T, which uses IUPred to predict globular regions, which are masked out:
(We will look at the UPC and motif cloud output among others.)
When you have a lot of motif predictions, it can be tiresome and error-prone to manually scan them for things that look familiar. SLiMSuite has a tool called CompariMotif, which compares sets of motifs for similarity.
The comparimotif server can take motif files/lists (like SLiMProb or SLiMFinder output directly. These are given to the
&searchdb options: if no
&searchdb is given then the input motifs are searched against themselves. (This can be useful if clouding goes a bit wrong.)
To pass the output of one server to another, use the format:
XXXXXX is the Job ID and
OUTFMT is the desired output format. E.g.:
The server is currently in development so output is not sorted usefully yet. This is more of a problem if searching against many SLiMs:
The best advice is to save the
compare output table (
retrieve&jobid=15120900005&outfmt=compare), open it up in Excel and sort on
Score. Alternatively, use the CompariMotif server at http://bioware.ucd.ie.
Masking is important as it reduces the search space. It can also reduce the signal if it incorrectly masks some true positives but for larger datasets the reduction in "noise" can be more important. As well as
dismask=T/F there are several other masking options in SLiMSuite:
For custom sequence input, there is also the option for custom masking based on upper/lower case. For now, we will just look at conservation masking, as this has been shown to improve sensitivity in PPI data. For example, a 2013 compilation of CTBP1 interactors does not yield a significant motif:
consmask=T is also switched on:
The UPC correction can be switched off with
efilter=F. Many motif prediction tools calculate estimated expectations without such correction. This can result is massive biases due to shared evolutionary history, which swamp any convergent SLiM evolution signal, for example with the
LIG_CtBP_PxDLS_1 ELM proteins:
We can investigate why the PxDLS motif did not come back with just disorder masking by looking at its enrichment using SLiMProb. When given multiple proteins, SLiMProb will use the same UPC correction as SLiMFinder but also return statistics without UPC correction and simply treating all the sequences as one giant sequence. It can, for example, be used to investigate different definitions of a motif:
In this case, we can see that even though the "true" motif has the most support, it is also expected to occur more by chance. It is enriched, but not enough to survive the multiple testing correction of SLiMChance.
Though not of interest here, the
pUnd statistics can be used to look for depletion/avoidance of a particular motif in a dataset.
Patterns of evolutionary conservation can also be used to directly identify regions of proteins that look like motifs. The tool we have developed for this is called SLiMPrints, which can be run at the Bioware SLiMPrints server. For example, we can look for motif-like regions in one of the CtBP PPI partners, FOG1_HUMAN (Q8IX07): http://bioware.ucd.ie/~compass/biowareweb/cgi-bin/PHP_helper_files/slimprintsInfo.php?jobId=e7GZLf
This protein has a bunch of significant motif-like regions, including the PxDLS motif region at rank 7: http://bioware.ucd.ie/~proviz/ProViz/alignmentViewer/drawer.php?uniprotid=Q8IX07&slim=GPIDL&slimpos=793&column=794.5&width=80&collapse=false
(Note how the precise motif is rarely returned by de novo predictors.)
We're now going to fire up Cytoscape and have a quick look at the SLiMScape app. This is fairly well described in the paper, so we will just look at the main ways to run the server.
The simplest is to retrieve an existing run:
15120900003in the Run ID box and hit Retrieve.
Now let's imagine we had seen the SLiMPrints results from above for FOG1_HUMAN and knew that it interacted with CtBP1. We could ask the specific question if any motifs in FOG1_HUMAN were enriched in the rest of the PPI dataset. We do this by using QSLiMFinder and giving
Q8IX07 as the query. (
&query=Q8IX07 on the server.)
First, add a node to the network and change its name to
Q8IX07. Enter this in the Query Sequence box then highlight all of the nodes before hitting
This is the essence of molecular mimicry and we could use the same approach to see if E1A_ADE02 shares any motifs by adding
P03254 and using it as a query:
The most useful thing of having access to SLiMSuite through Cytoscape is to be able to use it to explore PPI networks and select nodes for analysis. There are in-built tools to get PPI data into Cytoscape. For SLiMSuite, the ID must be a Uniprot ID or accession number, or a Node must have "Uniprot" attribute.
The SLiMSuite REST server also provides some methods for getting PPI data into Cytoscape (and/or for use on the server), using the PINGU server. This is still under development and so the documentation of the available PPI data is currently limited, but just get in touch if you want to use it. (Currently human only.)
PPI data is retrieved by entering one or more gene symbols as a
&hublist, optionally along with a
&ppisource (see the ppisource alias):
This can be used directly for
&uniprotid input using the
Alternatively, the PPI data can be imported into Cytoscape using the
nameand attribute them to
Target Nodeattributes. Make
Interaction Typethen import.
Since the move to UNSW in 2013, the Bioware SLiMSuite servers and REST servers have been undergoing some much needed TLC. As part of this process, a new set of UNSW REST servers were introduced and online with the 2015-06-01 SLiMSuite release.
An overview of how the REST servers work is given on the REST Homepage. The available tools are listed at the REST Tools page. The main ones - accessible through the SLiMScape app for Cytoscape are (or support):
The primary focus has been setting up new servers to be accessed via a RESTful-style interface whereby a URL can be directly given to the server and used to either download results directly (if accessing programmatically) or view in a web browser. As with the main programs, these servers use plain text inputs and outputs wherever. Whilst this probably makes proper computer scientists very unhappy, it should make it very easy to incorporate SLiMSuite REST functions into your own scripts - you only need to learn how to parse text. (It also makes it easy for me to swap input sources.) If you don’t want to write your own, SLiMParser is provided in the SLiMSuite download to do this for you.
The other design consideration that has gone into the REST servers is to make them run as much like the commandline versions as possible: (1) they use the same code; (2) they use the same commandline options, parsed from the URL. This means that (a) you should easily be able to reproduce server results on your own system, and (b) new functions (and bug fixes) should become quickly available via the REST servers.
To save the need for constructing complex URLs, there is a simple on-size-fits-all form at the EdwardsLab server page. Over time, tool-specific forms will be established. Currently, this only exists for SLiMMaker.
As ever, if something about the new servers misbehaves or does not make sense - or you really want some new functions - please get in touch.
The November 2015 release of SLiMSuite
2015-11-30) in now on GitHub. This is intermediate release in preparation for the BioInfoSummer 2015 SLiMSuite workshop and contains a few minor modifications to SLiMSuite programs. The main updates are preliminary versions of some tools for PacBio genomics, notably
SMRTSCAPE. These are still in development and need further documentation and testing before use is advised.
Genbank parser has some bug fixes for reverse complemented protein sequences with introns, and initial capacity for different codon tables. (This has been implemented for yeast, so only NCBI transl_tables 1-3 currently implemented: please get in touch if you want to use this program with other codon tables.)
• rje: Updated from Version 4.14.0.
→ Version 4.14.1: Fixed matchExp method to be able to handline multilines. (Shame re.DOTALL doesn’t work!)
→ Version 4.14.2: Modified integer commands to read/convert floats.
→ Version 4.15.0: Added intList() and numList() functions.
• rje_db: Updated from Version 1.7.5.
→ Version 1.7.6: Added table.opt[‘Formatted’] = Whether table data has been successfully formatted using self.dataFormat()
→ Version 1.7.7: Added option to constrain table splitting to certain field values.
→ Version 1.8.0: Added option to store keys as tuples for correct sorting. (Make default at some point.)
• rje_genbank: Updated from Version 1.3.1.
→ Version 1.3.2: Fixed bug in reverse complement sequences with introns.
• rje_iridis: Updated from Version 1.10.
→ Version 1.10.1: Attempted to fix SLiMFarmer batch run problem. (Should not be setting irun=batch!)
→ Version 1.10.2: Trying to clean up unknown 30s pause. Might be freemem issue?
• rje_obj: Updated from Version 2.1.2.
→ Version 2.1.3: Modified integer commands to read/convert floats.
• rje_qsub: Updated from Version 1.6.2.
→ Version 1.6.3: Tweaked the showstart command for katana.
• rje_samtools: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0: Initial Compilation.
→ Version 0.1.0: Modified version to handle multiple loci per file. (Original was for single bacterial chromosomes.)
• rje_seqlist: Updated from Version 1.11.0.
→ Version 1.12.0: Added peptides/qregion reformatting and region=X,Y.
→ Version 1.13.0: Added summarise=T option for generating some summary statistics for sequence data. Added minlen & maxlen.
→ Version 1.14.0: Added splitseq=X split output sequence file according to X (gene/species) [None]
→ Version 1.15.0: Added names() method.
→ Version 1.15.1: Fixed bug with storage and return of summary stats.
→ Version 1.15.2: Fixed dna2prot reformatting.
→ Version 1.15.3: Fixed summarise bug (n=1).
• rje_sequence: Updated from Version 2.4.1.
→ Version 2.5.0: Added yeast genome renaming.
→ Version 2.5.1: Modified reverse complement code.
→ Version 2.5.2: Tried to speed up dna2prot code.
• rje_slimcalc: Updated from Version 0.9.
→ Version 0.9.1: Modified combining of motif stats to handle expectString format for individual values.
→ Version 0.9.2: Changed default conscore in docstring to RLC.
• rje_slimcore: Updated from Version 2.7.3.
→ Version 2.7.4: Fixed walltime server bug.
→ Version 2.7.5: Fixed feature masking.
• rje_slimlist: Updated from Version 1.7.2.
→ Version 1.7.3: Fixed bug that could not accept variable length motifs from commandline. Improved error message.
• rje_taxonomy: Updated from Version 1.0.
→ Version 1.1.0: Added parsing of yeast strains.
• rje_tree: Updated from Version 2.11.2.
→ Version 2.12.0: Added treeLen() method.
→ Version 2.13.0: Updated PNG saving with R to use newer code.
• rje_uniprot: Updated from Version 3.21.3.
→ Version 3.21.4: Fixed Feature masking. Should this be switched off by default?
• rje_xref: Updated from Version 1.6.0.
→ Version 1.7.0: Added comments=LIST ist of comment line prefixes marking lines to ignore (throughout file) [‘//’,’%’]
→ Version 1.7.1: Added xreformat=T/F : Whether to apply field reformatting to input xrefdata (True) or just xrefs to map (False) [False]
→ Version 1.8.0: Added recognition and parsing of yeast.txt XRef file from Uniprot (http://www.uniprot.org/docs/yeast.txt)
• snp_mapper: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0: Initial Compilation. Batch mode for mapping SNPs needs updating.
→ Version 0.1: SNP mapping against a GenBank file.
→ Version 0.2: Fixed complement strand bug.
→ Version 0.3.0: Updated to work with RATT(/Mummer?) snp output file. Improved docs.
→ Version 0.4.0: Major reworking for easier updates and added functionality. (Convert to 1.0.0 when complete.)
• gablam: Updated from Version 2.19.2.
→ Version 2.20.0: Added SNP Table output.
• gopher: Updated from Version 3.4.1.
→ Version 3.4.2: Removed GOPHER System Exit on IOError to prevent breaking of REST server.
• pagsat: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 1.0.0: Initial working version for based on rje_pacbio assessment=T.
→ Version 1.1.0: Fixed bug with gene and protein summary data. Removed gene/protein reciprocal searches. Added compare mode.
→ Version 1.1.1: Added PAGSAT output directory for tidiness!
→ Version 1.1.2: Renamed the PacBio class PAGSAT.
→ Version 1.2.0: Tidied up output directories. Added QV filter and Top Gene/Protein hits output.
→ Version 1.2.1: Added casefilter=T/F : Whether to filter leading/trailing lower case (low QV) sequences [True]
→ Version 1.3.0: Added tophitbuffer=X and initial synteny analysis for keeping best reference hits.
→ Version 1.4.0: Added chrom-v-contig alignment files along with *.ordered.fas.
→ Version 1.4.1: Made default chromalign=T.
→ Version 1.4.2: Fixed casefilter=F.
→ Version 1.5.0: diploid=T/F : Whether to treat assembly as a diploid [False]
→ Version 1.6.0: mincontiglen=X : Minimum contig length to retain in assembly 
→ Version 1.6.1: Added diploid=T/F to R PNG call.
• peptcluster: Updated from Version 1.5.1.
→ Version 1.5.2: Improved clarity of warning message.
• pingu_V4: Updated from Version 4.5.0.
→ Version 4.5.1: Debugging missing identifiers and indexing speed. Added good and bad DB.
→ Version 4.5.2: Fixed SIF output and changed names to sif-* for opening in browser.
→ Version 4.5.3: Updated REST output.
• seqsuite: Updated from Version 1.8.0.
→ Version 1.9.0: Added PAGSAT and SMRTSCAPE.
→ Version 1.9.1: Fixed HAQESAC setobjects=True error.
→ Version 1.10.0: Added batchrun=FILELIST batcharg=X batch running mode.
→ Version 1.11.0: Added SAMTools and Snapper/SNP_Mapper.
• slimbench: Updated from Version 2.10.0.
→ Version 2.10.1: Updated ELM Source URLs.
• slimfarmer: Updated from Version 1.4.2.
→ Version 1.4.3: Added recognition of missing slimsuite programs and switching to slimsuite=F.
• slimfinder: Updated from Version 5.2.0.
→ Version 5.2.1: Fixed ambocc<1 and minocc<1 issue. (Using integers rather than floats.) Fixed OccRes Sig output format.
• slimparser: Updated from Version 0.3.1.
→ Version 0.3.2: Fixed issue reading files for full output.
→ Version 0.3.3: Tidied output names when restbase=jobid.
• slimprob: Updated from Version 2.2.3.
→ Version 2.2.4: Improved slimcalc output (s.f.).
• slimsuite: Updated from Version 1.5.0.
→ Version 1.5.1: Changed disorder to iuscore to avoid module conflict.
• smrtscape: Created/Renamed/moved.
→ Version 0.0.0: Initial Compilation.
→ Version 1.0.0: Initial working version for server.
→ Version 1.1.0: Added xnlist=LIST : Additional columns giving % sites with coverage >= Xn [10,25,50,100].
→ Version 1.2.0: Added assessment -> now PAGSAT.
→ Version 1.3.0: Added seed and anchor read coverage generator (calculate=T).
→ Version 1.3.1: Deleted assessment function. (Now handled by PAGSAT.)
→ Version 1.4.0: Added new coverage=T function that incorporates seed and anchor subreads.
→ Version 1.5.0: Added parseparam=FILES with paramlist=LIST to parse restricted sets of parameters.
→ Version 1.6.0: New SMRTSCAPE program building on PacBio v1.5.0. Added predict=T/F option.
→ Version 1.6.1: Updated parameters=T to incorporate that the seed read counts as X=1.
→ Version 1.7.0: Added *.summary.tdt output from subread summary analysis. Added minreadlen.
→ Version 1.8.0: preassembly=FILE: Preassembly fasta file to assess/correct over-fragmentation (use seqin=FILE for subreads)