Chromium Single Cell ATAC

Cell Ranger ATAC1.1, printed on 08/04/2024

The `count` pipeline outputs several CSV files which contain automated secondary analysis results. A subset of these results are used to render the Cell Clustering view in the run summary.

Before clustering the cells, Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) is run on the normalized filtered peak-barcode matrix to reduce the number of feature (peak) dimensions. This produces a projection of each cell onto the first N components (default N=15). One may alternatively choose Principal Component Analysis (PCA) or Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis (PLSA) to perform dimensionality reduction in the pipeline. All of these methods provide the following basic CSV output files.

$ cd /home/jdoe/runs/sample345/outs $ head -2 analysis/lsa/15_components/projection.csv Barcode,PC-1,PC-2,PC-3,PC-4,PC-5,PC-6,PC-7,PC-8,PC-9,PC-10,PC-11,PC-12,PC-13,PC-14,PC-15 AAATGAGCAATCAGGG-1,-2.0256188855237585,-20.464971914743963,2.4066208658862194,-0.9789882112497361,-0.09345960806751374,-8.483300343102174,-5.672765504454421,18.312955842984056,5.6927438340737195,-3.0378744705134992,0.3959335790734238,-4.93326991505897,9.485264727952154,0.2107363858043646,0.948135821430962

This also produces a components matrix which indicates how much each peak contributed to each component.

$ head -2 analysis/lsa/15_components/components.csv PC,chr1:9695143-9697582,chr1:9698212-9701041,... 1,-0.5482991923678618,-0.6374211593177428,...

This also produces the proportion of total variance explained by each component. When choosing the number of components that are significant, it is useful to look at the plot of variance explained as a function of component rank - when the numbers start to flatten out, subsequent components are unlikely to represent meaningful variation in the data.

$ head -5 analysis/lsa/15_components/variance.csv PC,Proportion.Variance.Explained 1,0.8452609977911579 2,0.032765042936590785 3,0.026127180307558735 4,0.01667142686188944

We also compute the normalized dispersion of each peak, after binning peaks by their mean expression across the dataset. This provides a useful measure of variability of each peak.

$ head -5 analysis/lsa/15_components/dispersion.csv Feature,Normalized.Dispersion chr1:9695143-9697582,0.02029960904777695 chr1:9698212-9701041,0.10379770925583033 chr1:9825253-9827762,-1.0 chr1:9829746-9830116,25.528012093307737

After running PCA, t-distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) is run to visualize cells in a 2-D space.

$ head -5 analysis/tsne/2_components/projection.csv Barcode,TSNE-1,TSNE-2 AAATGAGCAATCAGGG-1,1.552159628302055,4.434829693735686 AACAAAGCACCTATTT-1,3.2188609791527667,0.03569781940043248 AACCTTTCAATGATGA-1,-3.8319704788291475,-1.092848944953291 AACTTGGCATGGCCGT-1,-4.226692514189564,0.3351938808086092

Clustering is then run to group cells together that have similar accessibility profiles, based on their projection into lower dimensional space.
Graph-based clustering (under `graphclust`) is run once as it does not require prespecification of the number of clusters. For PCA, K-means (under `kmeans`) is run for many values of K=2,...,N where K corresponds to the number of clusters. For LSA or PLSA, spherical k-means (under `kmeans`) is run over the same range of K. By default N=10. The corresponding results for each K is separated into its own directory.

$ ls analysis/clustering graphclust kmeans_2_clusters kmeans_4_clusters kmeans_6_clusters kmeans_8_clusters kmeans_10_clusters kmeans_3_clusters kmeans_5_clusters kmeans_7_clusters kmeans_9_clusters

For each clustering, `cellranger-atac` produces cluster assignments for each cell.

$ head -5 analysis/clustering/kmeans_3_clusters/clusters.csv Barcode,Cluster AAATGAGCAATCAGGG-1,2 AACAAAGCACCTATTT-1,1 AACCTTTCAATGATGA-1,3 AACTTGGCATGGCCGT-1,3

Prior to differential analysis, `cellranger-atac` produces a peak-barcode matrix and a transcription factor-barcode matrix of counts as described in Matrices.
`cellranger-atac` then produces a table indicating which peaks and transcription factor motifs are differentially accessible in each cluster relative to all other clusters, as per the algorithms described here.
For each feature, whether it is peak or transcription factor motif, we compute three values per cluster:

- The mean cut site counts per cell pooled in feature in cluster
*i*. - The log2 fold-change of this feature in cluster
*i*relative to other clusters. - The p-value denoting significance of this feature in cluster
*i*relative to other clusters, adjusted to account for the number of hypotheses for the feature type being tested. So p-value for peaks are adjusted based on the number of peaks being tested, while p-values for transcription factor motifs are adjusted based on the number of transcription factor motifs.

This is located in a different directory than the clustering results, but follows the same structure, with each clustering separated into its own directory.

$ head -5 analysis/enrichment/kmeans_3_clusters/differential_expression.csv Feature ID,Feature Name,Cluster 1 Mean Counts,Cluster 1 Log2 fold change,Cluster 1 Adjusted p value,Cluster 2 Mean Counts,Cluster 2 Log2 fold change,Cluster 2 Adjusted p value,Cluster 3 Mean Counts,Cluster 3 Log2 fold change,Cluster 3 Adjusted p value chr1:9695129-9697582,chr1:9695129-9697582,0.014098403818774368,-5.823451487250574,2.2659671842098193e-06,4.185745651762137e-09,-1.3874516676069444,0.5918812904596457,1.9512762483589925,7.238430090771634,5.00258305609651e-09 chr1:9698210-9701041,chr1:9698210-9701041,0.013761153212430422,-6.1502095503083165,7.855686702156565e-07,0.046489553517204636,-3.0232327143356246,0.01647646310191049,2.2844378973176838,6.5025499776936115,4.703658999567952e-13 . . . AHR_HUMAN.H11MO.0.B,AHR_HUMAN.H11MO.0.B,1.5229979744677225e-09,-0.558490289359965,1.0,1.5229979744575502e-09,1.41990325445066,1.0,1.5229979744838465e-09,2.5 360529002402097,1.0 AIRE_HUMAN.H11MO.0.C,AIRE_HUMAN.H11MO.0.C,382.4895824324451,-1.366896997726535,0.007214824200990991,4098.191143669588,0.031632664734601475,1.0,124.229272550 17468,2.136369782757689,0.0015585067057439586

Notice that the table for any specific clustering includes differential analysis results for both peaks and transcription factor motifs.

We do not produce the tf-barcode matrix for multi-species experiments or if the motifs.pfm file is missing from the reference package (for example in custom references). We can not perform differential analysis for transcription factor motifs in these cases, so the output file will only contain analysis results on peaks. |