ConanVarvar: a versatile tool for the detection of large syndromic copy number variation from whole-genome sequencing data

Gudkov, Mikhail and Thibaut, Loïc and Khushi, Matloob and Blue, Gillian M. and Winlaw, David S. and Dunwoodie, Sally L. and Giannoulatou, Eleni (2023) ConanVarvar: a versatile tool for the detection of large syndromic copy number variation from whole-genome sequencing data. BMC Bioinformatics, 24 (1). ISSN 1471-2105

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A wide range of tools are available for the detection of copy number variants (CNVs) from whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data. However, none of them focus on clinically-relevant CNVs, such as those that are associated with known genetic syndromes. Such variants are often large in size, typically 1-5 Mb, but currently available CNV callers have been developed and benchmarked for the discovery of smaller variants. Thus, the ability of these programs to detect tens of real syndromic CNVs remains largely unknown. RESULTS: Here we present ConanVarvar, a tool which implements a complete workflow for the targeted analysis of large germline CNVs from WGS data. ConanVarvar comes with an intuitive R Shiny graphical user interface and annotates identified variants with information about 56 associated syndromic conditions. We benchmarked ConanVarvar and four other programs on a dataset containing real and simulated syndromic CNVs larger than 1 Mb. In comparison to other tools, ConanVarvar reports 10-30 times less false-positive variants without compromising sensitivity and is quicker to run, especially on large batches of samples. CONCLUSIONS: ConanVarvar is a useful instrument for primary analysis in disease sequencing studies, where large CNVs could be the cause of disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2023 04:32
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 02:37
URI: http://eprints.victorchang.edu.au/id/eprint/1352

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