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In Genome biology ; h5-index 114.0

Single-cell sequencing assay for transposase-accessible chromatin (scATAC-seq) is the state-of-the-art technology for analyzing genome-wide regulatory landscapes in single cells. Single-cell ATAC-seq data are sparse and noisy, and analyzing such data is challenging. Existing computational methods cannot accurately reconstruct activities of individual cis-regulatory elements (CREs) in individual cells or rare cell subpopulations. We present a new statistical framework, SCATE, that adaptively integrates information from co-activated CREs, similar cells, and publicly available regulome data to substantially increase the accuracy for estimating activities of individual CREs. We demonstrate that SCATE can be used to better reconstruct the regulatory landscape of a heterogeneous sample.

Ji Zhicheng, Zhou Weiqiang, Hou Wenpin, Ji Hongkai


Bioinformatics, Chromatin, DNase-seq, Gene regulation, Genomics, Machine learning, Single cell, Software, Statistical modeling, scATAC-seq