This tutorial provides instructions for how to pre-process the mouse T cells SRR8206317 dataset from Miller & Sen et al., 2019 using the kallisto | bustools workflow.

Note: command line arguments are preceeded by$. For example, if you see $ cd my_folder then type cd my_folder.

0. Download and install the software

Obtain kallisto from the kallisto installation page, and bustools from the bustools installation page. A video tutorial for how to install the software can be viewed here. Download and install bamtofastq from here to generate the original FASTQ files from the BAM files provided by the authors. For a brief tutorial on how to install bamtofastq please see this page

Note: this dataset is v2 chemistry. If you would like to process v3 chemistry then you would use the 10xv3 whitelist.

1. Download the materials

Prepare a folder:

$ mkdir kallisto_bustools_multiple_lanes/; cd kallisto_bustools_multiple_lanes/

Download the following files:

  • Mouse transcriptome Mus_musculus.GRCm38.cdna.all.fa.gz
  • 10x Chromium v2 chemistry barcode whitelist 10xv2_whitelist.txt
  • Transcripts to Genes map
  • Bam File d10_Tet_possorted_genome_bam.bam

Since the FASTQ files were not made available, we will download the BAM file from the European Nucleotide Archive and then use the 10x Genomics utility bamtofastq.

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2. Build an index

Build the species index (alternatively download a pre-built index from the kallisto transcriptome indices page):

$ gunzip Mus_musculus.GRCm38.cdna.all.fa.gz
$ kallisto index -i Mus_musculus.GRCm38.cdna.all.idx -k 31 Mus_musculus.GRCm38.cdna.all.fa

3. Generate the FASTQs from the BAM file

Use the bamtofastq utility to generate the FASTqs.

$ bamtofastq --reads-per-fastq=500000000 d10_Tet_possorted_genome_bam.bam ./fastqs

3. Run kallisto

Pseudoalign the reads:

$ kallisto bus -i Mus_musculus.GRCm38.cdna.all.idx -o bus_output/ -x 10xv2 -t 4 \
bamtofastq_S1_L001_R1_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L001_R2_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L002_R1_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L002_R2_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L003_R1_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L003_R2_001.fastq.gz \
bamtofastq_S1_L004_R1_001.fastq.gz \

Note: The \ is to indicate the continuation of a line and will not affect the running of the program.

4. Run bustools

Correct, sort, and count the bus file. This creates the gene count matrix:

$ cd bus_output/
$ mkdir genecount/ tmp/
$ bustools correct -w ../10xv2_whitelist.txt -p output.bus | bustools sort -T tmp/ -t 4 -p - | bustools count -o genecount/genes -g ../transcripts_to_genes.txt -e -t transcripts.txt --genecounts -

5. Load the count matrices into a notebook [from getting started tutorial]

See this python notebook for how to load the count matrices into ScanPy for analysis.