Reference : A strategy to improve phasing of whole-genome sequenced individuals through integrati...
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Life sciences : Animal production & animal husbandry
Life sciences : Genetics & genetic processes
A strategy to improve phasing of whole-genome sequenced individuals through integration of familial information from dense genotype panels.
Faux, Pierre [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des productions animales (DPA) > GIGA-R > Génomique animale > >]
Druet, Tom mailto [Université de Liège > Département des productions animales (DPA) > GIGA-R : Génomique animale >]
Genetics, Selection, Evolution
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[en] BACKGROUND: Haplotype reconstruction (phasing) is an essential step in many applications, including imputation and genomic selection. The best phasing methods rely on both familial and linkage disequilibrium (LD) information. With whole-genome sequence (WGS) data, relatively small samples of reference individuals are generally sequenced due to prohibitive sequencing costs, thus only a limited amount of familial information is available. However, reference individuals have many relatives that have been genotyped (at lower density). The goal of our study was to improve phasing of WGS data by integrating familial information from haplotypes that were obtained from a larger genotyped dataset and to quantify its impact on imputation accuracy. RESULTS: Aligning a pre-phased WGS panel [~5 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)], which is based on LD information only, to a 50k SNP array that is phased with both LD and familial information (called scaffold) resulted in correctly assigning parental origin for 99.62% of the WGS SNPs, their phase being determined unambiguously based on parental genotypes. Without using the 50k haplotypes as scaffold, that value dropped as expected to 50%. Correctly phased segments were on average longer after alignment to the genotype phase while the number of switches decreased slightly. Most of the incorrectly assigned segments, and subsequent switches, were due to singleton errors. Imputation from 50k SNP array to WGS data with improved phasing had a marginal impact on imputation accuracy (measured as r 2), i.e. on average, 90.47% with traditional techniques versus 90.65% with pre-phasing integrating familial information. Differences were larger for SNPs located in chromosome ends and rare variants. Using a denser WGS panel (~13 millions SNPs) that was obtained with traditional variant filtering rules, we found similar results although performances of both phasing and imputation accuracy were lower. CONCLUSIONS: We present a phasing strategy for WGS data, which indirectly integrates familial information by aligning WGS haplotypes that are pre-phased with LD information only on haplotypes obtained with genotyping data, with both LD and familial information and on a much larger population. This strategy results in very few mismatches with the phase obtained by Mendelian segregation rules. Finally, we propose a strategy to further improve phasing accuracy based on haplotype clusters obtained with genotyping data.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; Fonds Spéciaux de la Recherche - Université de Liège ; CECI

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