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Constructing a Reference Genome in a Single Lab: The Possibility to Use Oxford Nanopore Technology

Department of Crop Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
National Institute of Crop Science, Rural Development Administration (RDA), Wanju 55365, Korea
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Plants 2019, 8(8), 270;
Received: 12 June 2019 / Revised: 29 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 August 2019 / Published: 6 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Bioinformatics)
The whole genome sequencing (WGS) has become a crucial tool in understanding genome structure and genetic variation. The MinION sequencing of Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) is an excellent approach for performing WGS and it has advantages in comparison with other Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS): It is relatively inexpensive, portable, has simple library preparation, can be monitored in real-time, and has no theoretical limits on reading length. Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench is diploid (2n = 2x = 20) with a genome size of about 730 Mb, and its genome sequence information is released in the Phytozome database. Therefore, sorghum can be used as a good reference. However, plant species have complex and large genomes when compared to animals or microorganisms. As a result, complete genome sequencing is difficult for plant species. MinION sequencing that produces long-reads can be an excellent tool for overcoming the weak assembly of short-reads generated from NGS by minimizing the generation of gaps or covering the repetitive sequence that appears on the plant genome. Here, we conducted the genome sequencing for S. bicolor cv. BTx623 while using the MinION platform and obtained 895,678 reads and 17.9 gigabytes (Gb) (ca. 25× coverage of reference) from long-read sequence data. A total of 6124 contigs (covering 45.9%) were generated from Canu, and a total of 2661 contigs (covering 50%) were generated from Minimap and Miniasm with a Racon through a de novo assembly using two different tools and mapped assembled contigs against the sorghum reference genome. Our results provide an optimal series of long-read sequencing analysis for plant species while using the MinION platform and a clue to determine the total sequencing scale for optimal coverage that is based on various genome sizes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Keywords: sorghum; Canu; Miniasm; MinION; long-read sequencing Keywords: sorghum; Canu; Miniasm; MinION; long-read sequencing
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Lee, Y.G.; Choi, S.C.; Kang, Y.; Kim, K.M.; Kang, C.-S.; Kim, C. Constructing a Reference Genome in a Single Lab: The Possibility to Use Oxford Nanopore Technology. Plants 2019, 8, 270.

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