Examining De Novo Transcriptome Assemblies via a Quality Assessment Pipeline
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New de novo transcriptome assembly and annotation methods provide an incredible opportunity to study the transcriptome of organisms that lack an assembled and annotated genome. There are currently a number of de novo transcriptome assembly methods, but it has been difficult to evaluate the quality of these assemblies. In order to assess the quality of the transcriptome assemblies, we composed a workflow of multiple quality check measurements that in combination provide a clear evaluation of the assembly performance. We presented novel transcriptome assemblies and functional annotations for Pacific whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), a mariculture species with great national and international interest, and no solid transcriptome/genome reference. We examined Pacific whiteleg transcriptome assemblies via multiple metrics, and provide an improved gene annotation. Our investigations show that assessing the quality of an assembly purely based on the assembler’s statistical measurements can be misleading; we propose a hybrid approach that consists of statistical quality checks and further biological-based evaluations.
Pacific whiteleg shrimp
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Ghaffari, Noushin; Arshad, Osama A.; Jeong, Hyundoo; Thiltges, John; Criscitiello, Michael F.; Yoon, Byung-Jun; Datta, Aniruddha; Johnson, Charles D. (2015). Examining De Novo Transcriptome Assemblies via a Quality Assessment Pipeline. Available electronically from
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