Facilitated sequence assembly using densely labeled optical DNA barcodes: A combinatorial auction approach

Albertas Dvirnas, Christoffer Pichler, Callum L. Stewart, Saair Quaderi, Lena K. Nyberg, Vilhelm Müller, Santosh Kumar Bikkarolla, Erik Kristiansson, Linus Sandegren, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson

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The output from whole genome sequencing is a set of contigs, i.e. short non-overlapping DNA sequences (sizes 1-100 kilobasepairs). Piecing the contigs together is an especially difficult task for previously unsequenced DNA, and may not be feasible due to factors such as the lack of sufficient coverage or larger repetitive regions which generate gaps in the final sequence. Here we propose a new method for scaffolding such contigs. The proposed method uses densely labeled optical DNA barcodes from competitive binding experiments as scaffolds. On these scaffolds we position theoretical barcodes which are calculated from the contig sequences. This allows us to construct longer DNA sequences from the contig sequences. This proof-of-principle study extends previous studies which use sparsely labeled DNA barcodes for scaffolding purposes. Our method applies a probabilistic approach that allows us to discard “foreign” contigs from mixed samples with contigs from different types of DNA. We satisfy the contig non-overlap constraint by formulating the contig placement challenge as a combinatorial auction problem. Our exact algorithm for solving this problem reduces computational costs compared to previous methods in the combinatorial auction field. We demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed scaffolding method both for synthetic contigs and for contigs obtained using Illumina sequencing for a mixed sample with plasmid and chromosomal DNA.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0193900
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 Mar 2018

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Funding Information:
EuroNanoMedIIGrant:“Nanofluidicsforultrafast diagnosisofbacterialinfections–NanoDiaBac.”EK wassupportedbyTheKnutandAliceWallenberg Foundation.LSwassupportedbySwedish ResearchCouncil-MedicineandHealth,grant K2013-99X-22208-01-5.FW,TA,EKandLSwere supportedbyTheErling-PerssonFamily Foundation.

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© 2018 Dvirnas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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