This tutorial is a work in progress, and is incomplete at the moment. It demonstrates at a high level some of the methods available in the
q2-cutadapt plugin available in QIIME 2 2018.2. Please stay tuned here for additional updates as this tutorial is expanded upon in the coming weeks.
Multiplexed reads with the barcodes in the sequence reads can be demultiplexed in QIIME 2 using the
q2-cutadapt plugin, which wraps the
cutadapt tool. (Multiplexed sequences prepared with the EMP protocol, where barcode reads are in a separate file, as always can be demultiplexed with the
q2-demux plugin.) The following tutorial utilizes a toy dataset to illustrate some of the methods in
Download data used in this tutorial
The data here consists of single-end reads (6 reads total). There are two samples present in the data, with the following barcodes on the 5’ end:
Sample Barcode ------------------ Sample_A AACCGGTT Sample_B CCAAGGTT
Import the multiplexed sequences
$ qiime tools import \ --type MultiplexedSingleEndBarcodeInSequence \ --input-path forward.fastq.gz \ --output-path multiplexed-seqs.qza
Demultiplex the reads
$ qiime cutadapt demux-single \ --i-seqs multiplexed-seqs.qza \ --m-barcodes-file metadata.tsv \ --m-barcodes-column Barcode \ --p-error-rate 0 \ --o-per-sample-sequences demultiplexed-seqs.qza \ --o-untrimmed-sequences untrimmed.qza \ --verbose
Trim adapters from demultiplexed reads
If there are sequencing adapters or PCR primers in the reads which you’d like to remove, you can do that next as follows.
$ qiime cutadapt trim-single \ --i-demultiplexed-sequences demultiplexed-seqs.qza \ --p-front GCTACGGGGGG \ --p-error-rate 0 \ --o-trimmed-sequences trimmed-seqs.qza \ --verbose
Summarize demultiplexed and trimmed reads
$ qiime demux summarize \ --i-data trimmed-seqs.qza \ --o-visualization trimmed-seqs.qzv $ qiime tools view trimmed-seqs.qzv
Regarding paired-end reads
- The import format for paired-end reads with the barcodes still in the sequence is
MultiplexedPairedEndBarcodeInSequence- this format expects two files in a directory (
- Demultiplexing currently only works if the barcodes are in the forward reads — we plan to support dual-indexing strategies in a future release of QIIME 2.
- Demultiplexing is accomplished with the
- Filtering/trimming is accomplished with the