I-ATAC: interactive pipeline for the management and pre-processing of ATAC-seq samples.

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PeerJ 2017 Nov 22; 5:e4040






Assay for Transposase Accessible Chromatin (ATAC-seq) is an open chromatin profiling assay that is adapted to interrogate chromatin accessibility from small cell numbers. ATAC-seq surmounted a major technical barrier and enabled epigenome profiling of clinical samples. With this advancement in technology, we are now accumulating ATAC-seq samples from clinical samples at an unprecedented rate. These epigenomic profiles hold the key to uncovering how transcriptional programs are established in diverse human cells and are disrupted by genetic or environmental factors. Thus, the barrier to deriving important clinical insights from clinical epigenomic samples is no longer one of data generation but of data analysis. Specifically, we are still missing easy-to-use software tools that will enable non-computational scientists to analyze their own ATAC-seq samples. To facilitate systematic pre-processing and management of ATAC-seq samples, we developed an interactive, cross-platform, user-friendly and customized desktop application: interactive-ATAC (I-ATAC). I-ATAC integrates command-line data processing tools (FASTQC, Trimmomatic, BWA, Picard, ATAC_BAM_shiftrt_gappedAlign.pl, Bedtools and Macs2) into an easy-to-use platform with user interface to automatically pre-process ATAC-seq samples with parallelized and customizable pipelines. Its performance has been tested using public ATAC-seq datasets in GM12878 and CD4+T cells and a feature-based comparison is performed with some available interactive LIMS (Galaxy, SMITH, SeqBench, Wasp, NG6, openBIS). I-ATAC is designed to empower non-computational scientists to process their own datasets and to break to exclusivity of data analyses to computational scientists. Additionally, I-ATAC is capable of processing WGS and ChIP-seq samples, and can be customized by the user for one-independent or multiple-sequential operations. PeerJ 2017 Nov 22; 5:e4040