Integrated Dimension Reduction Plot for CD4/CD8 sorted Feedback

Integrated Dimension Reduction Plot for CD4/CD8 sorted Feedback



I have recently followed adopted the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core guidelines for SC QC/Normalization/Clustering ( I have integrated CD4+/CD8+ T cells from two time points.

I recently received feedback that my integrated dimension reduction plot clustering looked problematic. Specifically, the small clusters peripheral (splash/star?) and the number of distinct clusters.

Data was normalized using SCTransform, variables regressed were mitochondrial ratio and G2M-S phase score difference, as suggested for differentiating cell types. Alternative Workflow:

My clusters were called at 40 PC’s w/ 0.6 resolution.

As for the number of clusters, TCR B VDJ subgenes were identified as strong conserved markers in several clusters. I wonder if it is worth excluding VDJ markers from analysis?

Any comment on the appearance of the dim plot and implications would be appreciated. Thank you!

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To me the sporadic clustering reminds me of using clonotype edit distance for dimensional reduction – I would consider removing the TCR genes not from the anchoring, but from the runUMAP() call. Below is an example of the problem I encountered trying to convert TCR edit disance into an assay for a Seurat Object.

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You can do this with:

quietTCRgenes <- function(sc) {
    unwanted_genes <- "TRBV*|^TRBD*|^TRBJ*|^TRDV*|^TRDD*|^TRDJ*|^TRAV*|^TRAJ*|^TRGV*|^TRGJ*"
    if (inherits(x=sc, what ="Seurat")) {
        unwanted_genes <- grep(pattern = unwanted_genes, x = sc[["RNA"]]@var.features, value = T)
        sc[["RNA"]]@var.features <- sc[["RNA"]]@var.features[sc[["RNA"]]@var.features %!in% unwanted_genes]
    } else {
        #Biocondutor scran pipelines uses vector of variable genes for DR
        unwanted_genes <- grep(pattern = unwanted_genes, x = sc, value = T)
        sc <- sc[sc %!in% unwanted_genes]

seuratObj <- quietTCRgenes(seuratObj)

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