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Sort-seq under the hood: implications of design choices on large-scale characterization of sequence-function relations

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genomics, March 2016
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Sort-seq under the hood: implications of design choices on large-scale characterization of sequence-function relations
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BMC Genomics, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-2533-5
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Neil Peterman, Erel Levine


Sort-seq is an effective approach for simultaneous activity measurements in a large-scale library, combining flow cytometry, deep sequencing, and statistical inference. Such assays enable the characterization of functional landscapes at unprecedented scale for a wide-reaching array of biological molecules and functionalities in vivo. Applications of sort-seq range from footprinting to establishing quantitative models of biological systems and rational design of synthetic genetic elements. Nearly as diverse are implementations of this technique, reflecting key design choices with extensive impact on the scope and accuracy the results. Yet how to make these choices remains unclear. Here we investigate the effects of alternative sort-seq designs and inference methods on the information output using mathematical formulation and simulations. We identify key intrinsic properties of any system of interest with practical implications for sort-seq assays, depending on the experimental goals. The fluorescence range and cell-to-cell variability specify the number of sorted populations needed for quantitative measurements that are precise and unbiased. These factors also indicate cases where an enrichment-based approach that uses a single sorted population can offer satisfactory results. These predications of our model are corroborated using re-analysis of published data. We explore implications of these results for quantitative modeling and library design. Sort-seq assays can be streamlined by reducing the number of sorted populations, saving considerable resources. Simple preliminary experiments can guide optimal experiment design, minimizing cost while maintaining the maximal information output and avoiding latent biases. These insights can facilitate future applications of this highly adaptable technique.

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Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 2 2%
Unknown 122 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 27%
Researcher 22 17%
Student > Bachelor 20 16%
Student > Master 16 13%
Professor 4 3%
Other 11 9%
Unknown 19 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 44 35%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 21%
Chemistry 9 7%
Engineering 7 6%
Chemical Engineering 5 4%
Other 13 10%
Unknown 21 17%

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