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WAT3R: recovery of T-cell receptor variable regions from 3 ' single-cell RNA-sequencing

Autores: Ainciburu Fernandez, Marina; Morgan, D. M.; De Pasquale, E. A. K.; Love, J. C.; Prosper Cardoso, Felipe; van Galen, P. (Autor de correspondencia)
Título de la revista: BIOINFORMATICS
ISSN: 1367-4803
Volumen: 38
Número: 14
Páginas: 3645 - 3647
Fecha de publicación: 2022
Diversity of the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire is central to adaptive immunity. The TCR is composed of alpha and beta chains, encoded by the TRA and TRB genes, of which the variable regions determine antigen specificity. To generate novel biological insights into the complex functioning of immune cells, combined capture of variable regions and single-cell transcriptomes provides a compelling approach. Recent developments enable the enrichment of TRA and TRB variable regions from widely used technologies for 3'-based single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq). However, a comprehensive computational pipeline to process TCR-enriched data from 3' scRNA-seq is not available. Here, we present an analysis pipeline to process TCR variable regions enriched from 3' scRNA-seq cDNA. The tool reports TRA and TRB nucleotide and amino acid sequences linked to cell barcodes, enabling the reconstruction of T-cell clonotypes with associated transcriptomes. We demonstrate the software using peripheral blood mononuclear cells from a healthy donor and detect TCR sequences in a high proportion of single T cells. Detection of TCR sequences is low in non-T-cell populations, demonstrating specificity. Finally, we show that TCR clones are larger in CD8 Memory T cells than in other T-cell types, indicating an association between T-cell clonotypes and differentiation states.