Cell Ranger4.0, printed on 12/07/2023
Cell Ranger provides prebuilt human and mouse reference packages for use with the pipeline, downloadable here. Our reference packages are based on the T cell receptor (TRA, TRB) and B cell immunoglobin (IGH, IGL, IGK) gene annotations in Ensembl version 94 for the human and mouse references. See Prebuilt References for more information about how these references were created.
If you would like to use your own genome FASTA or gene GTF annotations, Cell Ranger supports the use of customer-generated Ensembl-based references. Cell Ranger also includes support for generating a V(D)J reference from the IMGT database.
There are two ways to generate a V(D)J reference:
The cellranger mkvdjref tool can be used to generate a custom reference package from a genome sequence FASTA File and a gene annotation GTF.
$ cellranger mkvdjref --genome=my_vdj_ref \ --fasta=GRCh38_ensembl.fasta \ --genes=GRCh38_ensembl.gtf
A Cell Ranger V(D)J reference consists of germline gene segment sequences. It assumes that these sequences are contained within a genome reference FASTA, and that an Ensembl-formatted gene annotation GTF points to the relevant gene segments.
cellranger mkvdjref expects a FASTA file containing genomic reference sequences whose names are consistent with the names used in the GTF file.
Cell Ranger V(D)J expects a GTF file in an Ensembl-like format that contains information about V(D)J gene segments.
|1||Chromosome||Must refer to a chromosome/contig in the genome fasta.|
|4||Start||Start position on the reference (1-based inclusive).|
|5||End||End position on the reference (1-based inclusive).|
|7||Strand||Strandedness of this feature on the reference:
|9||Attributes||A semicolon-delimited list of key-value pairs of the form
|transcript_biotype||The value is used to infer the V(D)J segment type. Either
|gene_name||Must be specified. Becomes the
14 havana CDS 21621904 21621946 . + 0 transcript_id "ENST00000542354"; gene_name "TRAV1-1"; transcript_biotype "TR_V_gene";
cellranger mkvdjref creates a directory whose named is specified by the
$ tree my_vdj_ref my_vdj_ref ├── fasta │ └── regions.fa └── reference.json
This is a FASTA file where the description line contains V(D)J-specific metadata.
>id|display_name record_id|gene_name|region_type|chain_type|chain|isotype|allele_name SEQUENCE
|id||Unique integer ID for this feature.|
|display_name||This is used when displaying the segment in, e.g., Loupe V(D)J Browser.|
|record_id||Describes the accession ID of the source molecule. Unused.|
|gene_name||The name of the V(D)J gene, e.g. TRBV2-1.|
|region_type||The only used values are
|chain_type||Specifies whether this is a T- or B- cell receptor chain. The only used values are TR and IG.|
|isotype||Specifies the class of heavy chain constant region; set to
|allele_name||The identifier for the allele, e.g. 01 for TRBV2-1*01, or
>1|TRAV1*01 AF259072|TRAV1|L-REGION+V-REGION|TR|TRA|None|01 ACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGT >979|IGHA*01 J00475|IGHA|C-REGION|IG|IGH|A|01 ACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGT
You can directly generate a FASTA file in the segment format and create a
V(D)J reference by passing this file to
cellranger mkvdjref with the
--seqs argument, for example:
$ cellranger mkvdjref --genome=my_vdj_ref \ --seq=custom_segments.fasta
Cell Ranger comes with a script called
fetch-imgt which downloads the relevant sequences from IMGT and generates a V(D)J segment FASTA file. This is then used to generate a V(D)J reference package.
This example generates a mouse V(D)J reference based on IMGT.
# source the environment of CellRanger 4.0.0 for your shell (bash/csh) # (for bash shell) source path/to/cellranger-4.0.0/sourceme.bash # OR (for C shell) source path/to/cellranger-4.0.0/sourceme.csh # You might need to install following python packages pip install lxml pip install biopython # Using a script that comes with Cell Ranger, get data from IMGT and create a FASTA suitable for use by mkvdjref # The option --species is the name of the species for which the data is to be downloaded. # The option --genome provides the prefix used to name the 2 output files. Only the file with suffix -mkvdjref-input.fasta is used as input to the mkvdjref utility. path/to/cellranger-4.0.0/cellranger-cs/4.0.0/lib/bin/fetch-imgt --genome vdj_IMGT_mouse --species "Mus musculus" # Build the CR reference. could also include Cell Ranger on your PATH to avoid specifying the full path for cellranger. # The option --genome is a single identifier with no special symbols aside from hyphen or underscore. The reference will be placed in a directory created with that name. # The option --seqs is the mkvdjref-input.fasta file generated by the fetch-imgt command. path/to/cellranger-4.0.0/cellranger mkvdjref --genome=vdj_IMGT_mouse --seqs=vdj_IMGT_mouse-mkvdjref-input.fasta