DOI: 10.1101/518316Jan 14, 2019Paper

ScaR - A tool for sensitive detection of known fusion transcripts: Establishing prevalence of fusions in testicular germ cell tumors

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Sen ZhaoRolf I Skotheim


Bioinformatics tools for fusion transcript detection from RNA-sequencing data are in general developed for identification of novel fusions, which demands a high number of supporting reads and strict filters to avoid false discoveries. As our knowledge of bona-fide fusion genes becomes more saturated, there is a need to establish their prevalence with high sensitivity. We present ScaR, a tool that uses a scaffold realignment approach for sensitive fusion detection in RNA-seq data. ScaR detects a set of 50 synthetic fusion transcripts from simulated data at a higher sensitivity compared to established fusion finders. Applied to fusion transcripts potentially involved in testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs), ScaR detects the fusions RCC1-ABHD12B and CLEC6A-CLEC4D in 9% and 28% of 150 TGCTs, respectively. The fusions were not detected in any of 198 normal testis tissues. Thus, we demonstrate high prevalence of RCC1-ABHD12B and CLEC6A-CLEC4D in TGCTs, and their cancer specific features. Further, we find that RCC1-ABHD12B and CLEC6A-CLEC4D are predominantly expressed in the seminoma and embryonal carcinoma histological subtypes of TGCTs, respectively. In conclusion, ScaR is useful for establishing the frequency of known fusion transcr...Continue Reading

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Membrane Fusion
Fusion protein
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Sequence Determinations, RNA

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