SOAPTyping: an open-source and cross-platform tool for sequence-based typing for HLA class I and II alleles

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  • SOAPTyping

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  • Zhang, Yong
  • Yongsheng Chen
  • Huixin Xu
  • Junbin Fang
  • Zijian Zhao
  • Weipeng Hu
  • Xiaoqin Yang
  • Jia Ye
  • Yun Cheng
  • Jiayin Wang
  • Weiqiang Sun
  • Jian Wang
  • Huanming Yang
  • Jing Yan
  • Lin Fang

BackgroundThe human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene family plays a key role in the immune response and thus is crucial in many biomedical and clinical settings. Utilizing Sanger sequencing, the golden standard technology for HLA typing enables accurate identification of HLA alleles in high-resolution. However, only the commercial software, such as uTYPE, SBT-Assign, and SBTEngine, and very few open-source tools could be applied to perform HLA typing based on Sanger sequencing.ResultsWe developed a user-friendly, cross-platform and open-source desktop application, known as SOAPTyping, for Sanger-based typing in HLA class I and II alleles. SOAPTyping can produce accurate results with a comprehensible protocol and featured functions. Moreover, SOAPTyping supports a more advanced group-specific sequencing primers (GSSP) module to solve the ambiguous typing results. We used SOAPTyping to analyze 36 samples with known HLA typing from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) International HLA DNA Exchange platform and 100 anonymous clinical samples, and the HLA typing results from SOAPTyping are identical to the golden results and 5.5 times faster than commercial software uTYPE, which shows the usability of SOAPTyping.ConclusionsWe introduce the SOAPTyping as the first open-source and cross-platform HLA typing software with the capability of producing high-resolution HLA typing predictions from Sanger sequence data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number295
JournalBMC Bioinformatics
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • HLA typing, Sequence-based typing, Sanger sequencing, Group specific sequencing primers

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