Oct 10, 2014

A Comprehensive Multi-Center Cross-platform Benchmarking Study of Single-cell RNA Sequencing Using Reference Samples

Yong-jun LuCharles Wang


Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) has become a very powerful technology for biomedical research and is becoming much more affordable as methods continue to evolve, but it is unknown how reproducible different platforms are using different bioinformatics pipelines, particularly the recently developed scRNA-seq batch correction algorithms. We carried out a comprehensive multi-center cross-platform comparison on different scRNA-seq platforms using standard reference samples. We compared six preprocessing pipelines, seven bioinformatics normalization procedures, and seven batch effect correction methods including CCA, MNN, Scanorama, BBKNN, Harmony, limma and ComBat to evaluate the performance and reproducibility of 20 scRNA-seq datasets derived from four different platforms and centers. We benchmarked scRNA-seq performance across different platforms and testing sites using global gene expression profiles as well as some cell-type specific marker genes. We showed that there were large batch effects; and the reproducibility of scRNA-seq across platforms was dictated both by the expression level of genes selected and the batch correction methods used. We found that CCA, MNN, and BBKNN all corrected the batch variations fairly we...Continue Reading

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