Viroscope: Plant viral diagnosis from high-throughput sequencing data using biologically-informed genome assembly coverage

Valenzuela, Sandro L.; Norambuena, Tomas; Morgante, Veronica; Garcia, Francisca; Jimenez, Juan C.; Nunez, Carlos; Fuentes, Ignacia; Pollak, Bernardo


High-throughput sequencing (HTS) methods are transforming our capacity to detect pathogens and perform disease diagnosis. Although sequencing advances have enabled accessible and point-of-care HTS, data analysis pipelines have yet to provide robust tools for precise and certain diagnosis, particularly in cases of low sequencing coverage. Lack of standardized metrics and harmonized detection thresholds confound the problem further, impeding the adoption and implementation of these solutions in real-world applications. In this work, we tackle these issues and propose biologically-informed viral genome assembly coverage as a method to improve diagnostic certainty. We use the identification of viral replicases, an essential function of viral life cycles, to define genome coverage thresholds in which biological functions can be described. We validate the analysis pipeline, Viroscope, using field samples, synthetic and published datasets, and demonstrate that it provides sensitive and specific viral detection. Furthermore, we developed a web-service to provide on-demand HTS data viral diagnosis to facilitate adoption and implementation by phytosanitary agencies to enable precise viral diagnosis.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000880150200001 Not found in local WOS DB
Volumen: 13
Editorial: Frontiers Media S. A.
Fecha de publicación: 2022


Notas: ISI