5.4. Kraken module example

In Sequana, we provide tools to quickly assess the taxonomic content of a reads (FastQ). It is based on the Kraken and Krona software. Sequana bridges the gap between those tools, Kraken databases and a simple interface to get a quick taxonomic overview of the FastQ content.

For more information, please see the sequana.kraken module documentation. Note that this feature is also part of the Quality control pipeline.

Although we will use the Sequana library hereafter, note that there is also a standalone application named sequana_taxonomy.

5.4.1. Context

running the kraken analysis takes some time so we do provide an output directly. The output file can be analysed within Sequana to plot a Pie chart but also Javascript Krona results The kraken format is as follows:

C   HISEQ:426:C5T65ACXX:5:2301:5633:7203    11234   203 0:2 11234:1 0:1 11234:1 0:2 11234:1 0:13 11234:1 0:1 11234:1 0:3 11234:1 0:16 11234:1 0:5 11234:1 0:6 11234:1 0:13 A:31 0:33 11234:1 0:29 11234:1 0:7
C   HISEQ:426:C5T65ACXX:5:2301:5815:7120    11234   203 0:4 11234:1 0:12 11234:1 0:22 11234:1 0:1 0 11234:1 0:5 11234:1 0:7 11234:1 0:5 A:31 0:3 11234:1 0:22 11234:1 0:18 11234:1 0:24 11234:1

Each row correspond to a read in the FastQ file(s). The first column is either C (classified) or U (unclassified) and the third column contains the taxon the most relevant.

The taxon are not readable so we first need to get the scientific names Besides, the lineage would be useful. This is done in Sequana using the sequana.kraken.KrakenResults. See following example.

5.4.2. Example

In the following example, we use the results of a kraken analysis. The original toy data files contains 1500 reads mostly related to Measles virus

from sequana import KrakenResults, sequana_data
test_file = sequana_data("test_kraken.out", "testing")
k = KrakenResults(test_file)
df = k.plot(kind='pie')


  others                                           1.534356
Measles virus strain Edmonston-Zagreb            5.737158
Measles virus strain MVi/California.USA/8.04     6.337558
Measles virus genotypes and isolates             6.871247
Unclassified                                    12.274850
Measles virus                                   67.244830
dtype: float64

Note that only a subset of taxons are shown in the pie chart that is those that cover at least 1% of the total reads. Others are put together and labelled “others”

A more interactive plot can be obtained using Krona:

from sequana import KrakenResults, sequana_data
test_file = sequana_data("test_kraken.out", "testing")
k = KrakenResults(test_file)
k.to_js(onweb=False)  # The output filame is krona.html by default


  ktImportText /home/docs/checkouts/readthedocs.org/user_builds/sequana/conda/master/lib/python3.5/site-packages/sequana-0.2.0-py3.5.egg/sequana/resources/testing/test_kraken.out.summary -o krona.html
tput: No value for $TERM and no -T specified
Writing krona.html...

An example is available in Krona example

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 0.559 seconds)

Download Python source code: plot_kraken.py
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