Xpression automatically processes quality filtering, mapping, expression profiling, and visualization from short read-length NGS reads in nucleotide-space (e.g., Illumina). It currently uses BWA to map reads, which allows a specified number of mismatches between read and reference genome. The expression profile provides normalization for reads per million (pM) and per million-kilobase (pKM). It can also take read orientation of the reads into account if strand-specificity was maintained during the library-prep method.
This pipeline can be run on UNIX-like systems via the command-line or graphically via Java. To run Xpression on any system, such as Windows, a fully-configured virtualized environment is also provided. This environment needs software such as VirtualBox to run, which can be downloaded and installed with a standard point-and-click wizard interface.
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Additionally, the design of the tool allows flexible use and easy modification to suit specific needs.
- Phattarasukol S, Radey M, Lappala C, Oda Y, Hirakawa H, Brittnacher M, and Harwood CS. (2012) Identification of a p-coumarate degradation regulon in Rhodopseudomonas palustris using Xpression, an integrated tool for prokaryotic RNA-seq data processing. Appl Environ Microbiol [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]