Genome Assembly - From Indexing Data Structures to de Bruijn Graphs

 At 2014-10-31 03:03:42 PM  |   287

New technologies have tremendously increased sequencing throughput compared to traditional techniques, thereby complicating DNA assembly. Hence, assembly programs resort to de Bruijn graphs (dBG) of k-mers of short reads to compute a set of long contigs, each being a putative segment of the sequenced molecule. Other types of DNA sequence analysis, as well as preprocessing of the reads for assembly, use classical data structures to index all substrings of the reads. It is thus interesting to exhibit algorithms that directly build a dBG of order k from a pre-existing index, and especially a contracted version of the dBG, where non branching paths are condensed into single nodes. Here, we formalise the relationship between suffix trees/arrays and dBGs, and exhibit linear time algorithms for constructing the full or contracted dBGs. Finally, we provide hints explaining why this bridge between indexes and dBGs enables to dynamically update the order k of the graph.

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