Pheno2Geno - High-throughput generation of genetic markers and maps from molecular phenotypes for crosses between inbred strains

Konrad Zych, Yang Li, Joeri K. van der Velde, Ronny V.L. Joosen, Wilco Ligterink, Ritsert C. Jansen, Danny Arends*

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Abstract

Background: Genetic markers and maps are instrumental in quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping in segregating populations. The resolution of QTL localization depends on the number of informative recombinations in the population and how well they are tagged by markers. Larger populations and denser marker maps are better for detecting and locating QTLs. Marker maps that are initially too sparse can be saturated or derived from high-throughput omics data, (e.g. gene expression, protein or metabolite abundance). If these molecular phenotypes are affected by genetic variation due to a major QTL they will show a clear multimodal distribution. Using this information, phenotypes can be converted into genetic markers. Results: The Pheno2Geno tool uses mixture modeling to select phenotypes and transform them into genetic markers suitable for construction and/or saturation of a genetic map. Pheno2Geno excludes candidate genetic markers that show evidence for multiple possibly epistatically interacting QTL and/or interaction with the environment, in order to provide a set of robust markers for follow-up QTL mapping. Conclusion: The Pheno2Geno package makes use of genome-wide molecular profiling and provides a tool for high-throughput map construction and saturation of existing genetic maps. Processing of the showcase dataset takes less than 30 minutes on an average desktop PC. Pheno2Geno improves QTL mapping results at no additional laboratory cost and with minimum computational effort. Its results are formatted for direct use in R/qtl, the leading R package for QTL studies. Pheno2Geno is freely available on CRAN under "GNU GPL v3".

Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalBMC Bioinformatics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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