Space Ranger1.3, printed on 08/09/2022
The Visium Spatial Gene Expression for FFPE workflow measures RNA levels in intact, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue sections, using probes targeting the whole transcriptome. After whole transcriptome probe panels are added to the tissue, each probe pair hybridizes to its target gene and is then ligated. The ligation products are released from the tissue and bind with spatially barcoded oligonucleotides present on the capture area. Libraries are generated from the barcoded probes and are sequenced. The final sequencing library structure is similar to Visium for fresh frozen tissue, but the synthetic probe DNA is sequenced rather than cDNA of a captured transcript. For FFPE samples, Space Ranger counts oligo ligation events to build the feature-barcode matrix. As a consequence, if the probe hybridizes to a transcript with a variant, that variant will not be present in the sequencing data. The probe design avoids known SNPs.
Visium Spatial Gene Expression for FFPE relies on the same underlying Space Ranger analysis software as Visium Spatial Gene Expression, but uses a short read aligner tailored to probe sequences. The probe aligner assigns probe and gene IDs to properly aligned reads, and differentiates reads originating from ligation of correctly paired probe halves from potential artifacts and non-probe reads.
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