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Generating FASTQs with cellranger-arc mkfastq

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Overview

The cellranger-arc workflow starts by demultiplexing the Illumina sequencer's base call files (BCLs) for each flow cell directory (ATAC or GEX) into FASTQ files. 10x has developed cellranger-arc mkfastq, a pipeline that wraps Illumina's bcl2fastq and provides a number of convenient features in addition to the features of bcl2fastq:

The Multiome ATAC library is single-indexed while the Multiome GEX library is dual-indexed. cellranger-arc mkfastq can auto-detect the type of flow cell based on the length of the i5 index read and selects the appropriate mode depending on the sample indexes used, and enables index-hopping filtering automatically for dual-indexed flow cells. For example, a Multiome GEX library prepared with the Dual Index Kit TT Set A, well A1 can be specified in the samplesheet as SI-TT-A1, and cellranger-arc mkfastq will recognize the i7 and i5 indices as GTAACATGCG and AGTGTTACCT, respectively. Similarly for a Multiome ATAC library prepared with Single Index Kit N Set A, well A1 can be specified in the samplesheet as SI-NA-A1, and cellranger-arc mkfastq will recognize the four i7 indexes AAACGGCG, CCTACCAT, GGCGTTTC, and TTGTAAGA and merge the resulting FASTQ files.

Example Workflows

The compute workflow begins with running one instance of cellranger-arc mkfastq for each flow cell of data being analyzed. The same command cellranger-arc mkfastq can be used to demultiplex ATAC and GEX flow cells. Once the ATAC flow cell(s) and GEX flow cell(s) are successfully demultiplexed, we run one instance of cellranger-arc count for each paired Multiome ATAC and GEX library; independent of the number of sequencing runs of each library. We illustrate the above using specific examples below.

ATAC

In this example, we have two Multiome ATAC libraries (each processed through a separate Chromium chip channel with sample indices SI-NA-A1 and SI-NA-A2) that are multiplexed on a single flow cell. Note that after running cellranger-arc mkfastq, we run a separate instance of cellranger-arc count on each library:

In this example, we have one Multiome ATAC library with sample index SI-NA-A1 sequenced on two flow cells. Note that after running cellranger-arc mkfastq, we run a single instance of the pipeline on all the FASTQ files generated:

GEX

In this example, we have two Multiome GEX libraries (each processed through a separate Chromium chip channel with sample indices SI-TT-A1 and SI-TT-A2) that are multiplexed on a single flow cell. Note that after running cellranger-arc mkfastq, we run a separate instance of cellranger-arc count on each library:

In this example, we have one Multiome GEX library with sample index SI-TT-A1 sequenced on two flow cells. Note that after running cellranger-arc mkfastq, we run a single instance of the pipeline on all the FASTQ files generated:

Arguments and Options

cellranger-arc mkfastq accepts additional options beyond those shown in the table below because it is a wrapper around bcl2fastq. Consult the User Guide for Illumina's bcl2fastq for more information.

ParameterFunction
--run(Required) The path of Illumina BCL run folder.
--id(Optional; defaults to the name of the flow cell referred to by --run) Name of the folder created by mkfastq.
--samplesheet(Optional) Path to an Illumina Experiment Manager-compatible sample sheet which contains 10x sample index names (e.g., SI-NA-A1 or SI-TT-A12) in the sample index column. All other information, such as sample names and lanes, should be in the sample sheet.
--sample-sheet(Optional) Equivalent to --samplesheet above.
--csv(Optional) Path to a simple CSV with lane, sample, and index columns, which describe the way to demultiplex the flow cell. The index column should contain a 10x sample dual-index name (e.g., SI-TT-A12). This is an alternative to the Illumina IEM sample sheet, and will be ignored if --samplesheet is specified.
--simple-csv(Optional) Equivalent to --csv above.
--lanes(bcl2fastq option) Comma-delimited series of lanes to demultiplex (e.g. 1,3). Use this if you have a sample sheet for an entire flow cell but only want to generate a few lanes for further 10x analysis.
--use-bases-mask(bcl2fastq option) Same meaning as for bcl2fastq. Use to clip extra bases off a read if you ran extra cycles for QC.
--delete-undetermined(bcl2fastq option) Delete the Undetermined FASTQs generated by bcl2fastq. Useful if you are demultiplexing a small number of samples from a large flow cell.
--output-dir(bcl2fastq option) Generate FASTQ output in a path of your own choosing, instead of flow_cell_id/outs/fastq_path.
--project(bcl2fastq option) Custom project name, to override the samplesheet or to use in conjunction with the --csv argument.
--jobmode(Martian option) Job manager to use. Valid options: local (default), sge, lsf, slurm or a .template file.
--localcores(Martian option) Set max cores the pipeline may request at one time. Only applies when --jobmode=local.
--localmem(Martian option) Set max GB the pipeline may request at one time. Only applies when --jobmode=local.

Example Data

cellranger-arc mkfastq recognizes two file formats for describing samples: a simple, three-column CSV format, and the Illumina Experiment Manager (IEM) sample sheet format used by bcl2fastq. We illustrate these formats with a Multiome ATAC flow cell and Multiome GEX flow cell example.

To follow along, do the following:

  1. Download the tiny-bcl-atac tar file and tiny-bcl-gex tar file.
  2. Untar both the cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-1.0.0.tar.gz and cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-gex-1.0.0.tar.gz tar files in a convenient location.
  3. Download the simple CSV layout files: cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-simple-1.0.0.csv and cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-gex-simple-1.0.0.csv.
  4. Download the Illumina Experiment Manager sample sheets: cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-samplesheet-1.0.0.csv and cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-gex-samplesheet-1.0.0.csv.

Running mkfastq with a Simple CSV Samplesheet

A simple csv samplesheet is recommended for most sequencing experiments. The simple csv format has only three columns (Lane, Sample, Index), and is thus less prone to formatting errors. You can see an example of this in cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-simple-1.0.0.csv:

Lane,Sample,Index
1,test_sample_atac,SI-NA-A1

and in cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-gex-simple-1.0.0.csv:

Lane,Sample,Index
1,test_sample_gex,SI-TT-A1

Here are the options for each column:

LaneWhich lane(s) of the flow cell to process. Can be either a single lane, a range (e.g., 2-4) or '*' for all lanes in the flow cell.
SampleThe name of the sample. This name is the prefix to all the generated FASTQs, and corresponds to the --sample argument in all downstream 10x pipelines.
Sample names must conform to the Illumina bcl2fastq naming requirements. Only letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens area allowed; no other symbols, including dots (".") are allowed.
IndexThe 10x sample index that was used in library construction, e.g., SI-TT-A1 for a Dual-Indexed Multiome GEX library, or SI-NA-A1 for a Multiome ATAC library.

To run mkfastq with a simple layout CSV, use the --csv argument. Here's how to run mkfastq on the tiny-bcl-atac sequencing run with the simple layout:

$ cellranger-arc mkfastq --id=tiny-bcl-atac \
                     --run=/path/to/cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-1.0.0 \
                     --csv=/path/to/cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-simple-1.0.0.csv
 
cellranger-arc mkfastq (2.0.0)
Copyright (c) 2020 10x Genomics, Inc.  All rights reserved.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Martian Runtime - v4.0.5 Running preflight checks (please wait)... yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (ready) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (split_complete) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (run:local) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET.fork0.chnk0.main yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (chunks_complete) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET ...

Running mkfastq with an Illumina Experiment Manager Sample Sheet

The cellranger-arc mkfastq pipeline can also be run with a samplesheet in the Illumina Experiment Manager (IEM) format. If you didn't sequence with sample indices, you'll need to use this format. An IEM sample sheet consists of a number of fields specific to running on Illumina platforms, and then a [Data] section. That section is where you put your sample, lane and index information.

Here's an example of what the [Data] would look like for a dual-indexed Multiome GEX flow cell:

[Data]
Lane,Sample_ID,Sample_Name,Sample_Plate,Sample_Well,I7_Index_ID,index,I5_Index_ID,index2,Sample_Project,Description
1,s1,test_sample,,,SI-TT-A1,SI-TT-A1,SI-TT-A1,SI-TT-A1,p1,
Here, SI-TT-A1 refers to a 10x dual-indexed library sample index. In this example, only reads from lane 1 will be used. To demultiplex the given sample index across all lanes, omit the lanes column entirely.

Here's an example of a Multiome ATAC flow cell that is single indexed:

[Data]
Sample_ID,Sample_Name,Sample_Plate,Sample_Well,I7_Index_ID,index,Sample_Project,Description
s1,test_sample_miseq,,,SI-NA-A1,SI-NA-A1,p1,
Here, SI-NA-A1 refers to a 10x single-indexed sample index, a set of four oligo sequences. cellranger-arc mkfastq also supports listing oligo sequences explicitly.

Sample names must conform to the Illumina bcl2fastq naming requirements. Specifcally only letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens area allowed. No other symbols, including dots (".") are allowed.

Also note that while an authentic IEM sample sheet will contain other sections above the [Data] section, these are optional for demultiplexing. For demultiplexing an existing run with cellranger-arc mkfastq, only the [Data] section is required.

Next, run the cellranger-arc mkfastq pipeline, using the --samplesheet argument:

$ cellranger-arc mkfastq --id=tiny-bcl-atac \
                     --run=/path/to/tiny-bcl-atac \
                     --samplesheet=cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-samplesheet-1.0.0.csv
 
cellranger-arc mkfastq (2.0.0)
Copyright (c) 2020 10x Genomics, Inc.  All rights reserved.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Martian Runtime - v4.0.5 Running preflight checks (please wait)... yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (ready) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (split_complete) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (run:local) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET.fork0.chnk0.main yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss [runtime] (chunks_complete) ID.tiny-bcl-atac.MAKE_FASTQS_CS.MAKE_FASTQS.PREPARE_SAMPLESHEET ...

If you encounter any preflight errors, refer to the Troubleshooting page.

Checking FASTQ Output

Once the cellranger-arc mkfastq pipeline has successfully completed, the output can be found in a new folder named with the value you provided to cellranger-arc mkfastq in the --id option (if not specified, defaults to the name of the flow cell):

$ cellranger-arc mkfastq --id=tiny-bcl-atac \
                     --run=/path/to/tiny-bcl-atac \
                     --samplesheet=cellranger-arc-tiny-bcl-atac-samplesheet-1.0.0.csv
 
cellranger-arc mkfastq (2.0.0)
Copyright (c) 2020 10x Genomics, Inc.  All rights reserved.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Martian Runtime - v4.0.5   ...   Pipestance completed successfully!   yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss Shutting down. Saving pipestance info to "tiny-bcl-atac/tiny-bcl-atac.mri.tgz"   $ ls -l drwxrwxr-x 4 jdoe jdoe 4096 Aug 29 15:29 tiny-bcl-atac

The key output files can be found in outs/fastq_path, and are organized in the same manner as a conventional bcl2fastq run:

$ ls -l tiny-bcl-atac/outs/fastq_path/
total 31744
drwxrwxr-x 3 jdoe jdoe       24 Sep  7 22:49 p1
drwxrwxr-x 3 jdoe jdoe       26 Sep  7 22:48 Reports
drwxrwxr-x 2 jdoe jdoe      193 Sep  7 22:48 Stats
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jdoe jdoe  3806257 Sep  7 22:48 Undetermined_S0_L001_I1_001.fastq.gz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jdoe jdoe   967448 Sep  7 22:48 Undetermined_S0_L001_R1_001.fastq.gz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jdoe jdoe  5773976 Sep  7 22:48 Undetermined_S0_L001_R2_001.fastq.gz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 jdoe jdoe 12635207 Sep  7 22:48 Undetermined_S0_L001_R3_001.fastq.gz
 
$ tree tiny-bcl-atac/outs/fastq_path/tiny-bcl-atac/
tiny-bcl-atac/outs/fastq_path/p1
└── s1
    ├── test_sample_miseq_S1_L001_I1_001.fastq.gz
    ├── test_sample_miseq_S1_L001_R1_001.fastq.gz
    ├── test_sample_miseq_S1_L001_R2_001.fastq.gz
    └── test_sample_miseq_S1_L001_R3_001.fastq.gz

This example was produced with a sample sheet that included p1 as the Sample_Project, so the directory containing the sample folders is named p1. If a Sample_Project wasn't specified, or if a simple layout CSV file was used (which does not have a Sample_Project column), the directory containing the sample folders would be named according to the flow cell ID instead.

If you want to remove the Undetermined FASTQs from the output to save space, you can run mkfastq with the --delete-undetermined flag. To see all cellranger-arc mkfastq options, run cellranger-arc mkfastq --help.

Troubleshooting

If you encounter a crash while running cellranger-arc mkfastq, upload the tarball (with the extension .mri.tgz) in your output directory:

cellranger-arc upload [email protected] jobid.mri.tgz

where jobid is what you input into the --id option of mkfastq (if not specified, defaults to the ID of the flow cell). This tarball contains numerous diagnostic logs that we can use for debugging.

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