HPV DeepSeq: An Ultra-Fast Method of NGS Data Analysis and Visualization Using Automated Workflows and a Customized Papillomavirus Database in CLC Genomics Workbench




Shen-Gunther, Jane
Xia, Qingqing
Cai, Hong
Wang, Yufeng

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Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has actualized the human papillomavirus (HPV) virome profiling for in-depth investigation of viral evolution and pathogenesis. However, viral computational analysis remains a bottleneck due to semantic discrepancies between computational tools and curated reference genomes. To address this, we developed and tested automated workflows for HPV taxonomic profiling and visualization using a customized papillomavirus database in the CLC Microbial Genomics Module. HPV genomes from Papilloma Virus Episteme were customized and incorporated into CLC “ready-to-use” workflows for stepwise data processing to include: (1) Taxonomic Analysis, (2) Estimate Alpha/Beta Diversities, and (3) Map Reads to Reference. Low-grade (n = 95) and high-grade (n = 60) Pap smears were tested with ensuing collective runtimes: Taxonomic Analysis (36 min); Alpha/Beta Diversities (5 s); Map Reads (45 min). Tabular output conversion to visualizations entailed 1–2 keystrokes. Biodiversity analysis between low- (LSIL) and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) revealed loss of species richness and gain of dominance by HPV-16 in HSIL. Integrating clinically relevant, taxonomized HPV reference genomes within automated workflows proved to be an ultra-fast method of virome profiling. The entire process named “HPV DeepSeq” provides a simple, accurate and practical means of NGS data analysis for a broad range of applications in viral research.



bioinformatics, cervical cancer, deep sequencing, human papillomavirus, HPV genotyping, metagenome, next generation sequencing, taxonomic classification, virome


Pathogens 10 (8): 1026 (2021)


Molecular Microbiology and Immunology