Identify MLST

This section describes how to perform the identification of the MLST from a genome or a read mapping and given a MLST scheme. The Identify MLST tool requires an exact match between the allele sequences in the MLST scheme and a consensus sequence. If a read mapping is used as input, a consensus of the read mapping will be used. This stringency level is needed because the alleles used for multi locus sequence typing are very similar, often almost identical. Therefore MLST typing relies on a MLST scheme that represent the organism under investigation well.

To MLST type a consensus sequence or a read mapping, go to:

        Microbial Genomics Module (Image mgm_folder_closed_flat_16_h_p) | Typing and Epidemiology (beta) (Image typing_epi_folder_closed_16_h_p) | NGS-MLST (Image mlst_folder_closed_16_h_p) | Identify MLST (Image ngs_mlst_16_h_p)

In the first wizard window you are asked to select the consensus sequence or read mapping to be used for MLST typing (figure 15.3).

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Figure 15.3: Select consensus sequence or read mapping to be used for MLST typing.

In the next window, two options should be specified (figure 15.4):

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Figure 15.4: Select relevant MLST scheme(s) for typing.

The tool generates two output files: the Consensus NGS MLST Report and the NGS MLST Annotation Track. The Consensus NGS MLST Report includes information on which MLST scheme was applied, the identified sequence type (ST) as well as an overview table which summarizes the targeted genes, their consensus sequence profile and coverage. The NGS MLST Annotation Track specifies the individual target regions in the coordinate system of the original input sequence.

In situations where not all (potentially no) loci are found in the consensus sequence, and a loci positions is transferable from the read mapping reference sequence, it will be reported as a possible new loci at the transferred position.

To add the obtained ST to your Result Metadata Table, see the section Add to Result Metadata Table. Note that results are added automatically to the Result Metadata Table when using the templates Type a Known Species and Type among Multiple Species workflows or their customized versions.