SeSAMe is designed to process Illumina Infinium DNA methylation data. It currently supports EPIC, HM450 and HM27 platforms.
Development version can be installed from github
The openSesame pipeline is composed of noob, nonlinear dye bias correction and pOOBAH, achieved through:
idat_dir is the directory containing all the IDAT files (they can be present under nested sub-directories). This is meant for tha quick start default.
But if you want to have more granuality of control (like provide parameters in each step), openSesame is equivalent to
behind the scene.
openSesame command also takes the arguments to turn on/off probe masking ( when probe beta value measurements are replaced with NA) and adjust for stringency in detection calling. The current probe masking is constituted by two major parts:
Low intensity-based detection calling achieved by
pOOBAH: This sets the p-value for each probe (Zhou et al. 2018). Probes with p-value higher than a threshold (default: 0.05) are masked. The default threshold can be adjusted to say, 0.1, by
pval.threshold = 0.1 in
Probes masked for putative design issues designated in
sesameDataGet('HM450.probeInfo')$mask ( Zhou et al. 2017): This masking only supports EPIC, HM450 and HM27 and is turned on by default and achieved in the function
Instead of working with HM450, EPIC etc, SeSAMe also works with customed array.
In this case, one needs to provide a
platform string, which can be any string used to reference the platform, and a
manifest_file which is a data frame ( or tibble) with a minimum of four columns (
Probe_ID M U col <chr> <dbl> <dbl> <chr> 1 cg14361672 7743487 51800947 R 2 cg21784030 NA 29783926 NA 3 cg13417420 27786954 5613976 G 4 cg12480843 19684581 16692916 R 5 cg05493344 NA 58754149 NA 6 cg10136773 NA 3699389 NA
col is either
G (stand for Green) or
R (stand for Red) or
NA ( stand for both in the case of Infinium II design).
SeSAMe design includes alight-weight full exposure of internal signal intensities (essential information for users of Illumina methylation array data, as demonstrated in Zhou et al 2018), which permits sensitive and specific joint inference on copy number and DNA methylation.
Central to the SeSAMe platform is the
SigSet data structure, an S4 class with slots containing signals for six different classes of probes:
II- Type-II probes;
IR- Type-I Red channel probes;
IG- Type-I Grn channel probes;
oobG- Out-of-band Grn channel probes (matching Type-I Red channel probes in number);
oobR- Out-of-band Red channel probes (matching Type-I Grn channel probes in number);
ctl- control probes.
For all save control probes, signal intensities are stored as an
Nx2 numeric matrix, with
N representing the number of probes in the class. The two columns of the matrix represent the methylated probe intensity and the unmethylated probe intensity. (Previously, this was implemented in an R6 Reference class,
SignalSet. The current S4 implementation in
SigSet complies with Bioconductor guidelines, and for backwards compatibility, the
signalR6toS4 function transforms a
SignalSet to a
For example, printing the SigSet directly shows its content
## SigSet EPIC ## - @IG probes: 49989 - 332 4145 70 7094 599 2958 ... ## - @IR probes: 92294 - 183 8040 1949 6152 833 89 ... ## - @II probes: 724612 - 6543 1596 3133 1011 3035 2837 ... ## - @oobG probes: 92294 - 138 277 107 218 232 80 ... ## - @oobR probes: 49989 - 1013 150 81 910 448 183 ... ## - @ctl probes: 635 ... ## - @pval: 866895 - 0.005141179 0.04914081 0.002757492 ...
Infinium-II probe signal can be accessed using the slot function
sset@II or via the getter function
## M U ## cg07881041 6543 1011 ## cg23229610 1596 3035 ## cg03513874 3133 2837 ## cg05451842 376 5673 ## cg14797042 3571 368 ## cg09838562 131 2523
Similarly, signals for Type-I probes can be accessed from
sset@IG and out-of-band signals from
sset@oobR. As one can see the probe names (row names) of
IR always coincide with the probe names (row names) of
oobG (and vice versa). This is because the out-of-band probe signal for red channel probes is in green channel (and vice versa).
Lastly, Control probes are represented in a data frame with the last column holding the type of the control.
## G R col type ## DNP.20K. 192 26107 -99 STAINING ## Biotin.5K. 6068 141 -99 STAINING ## DNP..High. 90 20356 Red STAINING ## Biotin..Bkg. 82 215 Blue STAINING ## Biotin..High. 8849 285 Green STAINING ## DNP..Bkg. 107 183 Purple STAINING
SeSAMe implements stricter QC and preprocessing standards: comprehensive probe quality masking, bleed-through correction in background subtraction, nonlinear dye bias correction, stricter nondetection calling and control for bisulfite conversion based on C/T-extension probes. The package also provides convenient, performant implementations of typical analysis steps, such as the inference of gender, age, ethnicity (based on both internal SNP probes and channel-switching Type-I probes) directly from the data. This allows users to infer these common covariates if such information is not provided, and to check for potential sample swaps when it is provided. SeSAMe also provides functionality for calling differential methylation and segmented copy number.
A simple list of “SigSet”s are returned. One can also just provide a vector of file paths prefixes (excluding
_Grn.idat, one prefix for a pair of IDATs) and call
Like many other Infinium Methylation-targeted software, SeSAMe implements the background subtraction based on normal-exponential deconvolution using out-of-band probes
noob (Triche et al. 2013) and optionally with extra bleed-through subtraction. Signal bleed-through happens when measurement from one channel affects the measurement in the other channel. SeSAMe’s
noobsb further removes residual background by regressing out the green-to-red and red-to-green relationship using Type-I probes.
Sometimes Type-I channel spec is inaccurate in the manifest. We can infer the channel using data.
Dye bias refers to the difference in signal intensity between the two color channel. SeSAMe offers two flavors of dye bias correction: linear scaling (
dyeBiasCorr) and nonlinear scaling (
dyeBiasCorrTypeINorm). Linear scaling equalize the mean of all probes from the two color channel.
Residual dye bias can be corrected using nonlinear quantile interpolation with Type-I probes.
Under this correction, Type-I Red probes and Type-I Grn probes have the same distribution of signal.
Note that linear scaling does not shift beta values of Type-I probes while nonlinear scaling does shift beta values of Type-I probes.
Beta values are defined as
methylated signal +
unmethylated signal). It can be computed using
getBetas function. The output is a named vector with probe ID as name. There are two options for
getBetas that affects probe masking. The first is
quality.mask=TRUE/FALSE which switches probe quality masking. The quality masking includes mapping issues, SNPs and non-uniqueness, and is described in Zhou et al 2017.
nondetection.mask = TRUE/FALSE is used to switch masking of nondetection based on detection P-value. Both masks are recommended to ensure data quality and defaulted to TRUE.
## cg18478105 cg01763666 cg25813447 cg07779434 cg13417420 cg24133276 ## 0.04470778 0.87373524 0.02311757 0.05255190 0.50909299 0.04999260
Beta values for Type-I probes can also be obtained by summing up the two in-band channel and out-of-band channel. This rescues probes with SNP hitting the extension base and hence switching color channel. More details can be found in Zhou et al 2017.
For such probes, extra SNP allele frequencies can be derived by summing up methylated and umethylated alleles.
SeSAMe implements inference of sex, age, ethnicity. These are valuable information for checking the integrity of the experiment and detecting sample swaps.
Sex is inferred based on our curated X-linked probes and Y chromosome probes excluding pseudo-autosomal regions.
##  "MALE"
##  "XaY"
Ethnicity is inferred using a random forest model trained based on both the built-in SNPs (
rs probes) and channel-switching Type-I probes.
##  "WHITE"
SeSAMe provides age regression a la the Horvath 353 model.
##  84.13913
The mean intensity of all the probes characterize the quantity of input DNA and efficiency of probe hybridization.
##  3171.483
Infinium platforms are intrinsically robust to incomplete bisulfite conversion as non-converted probes would fail to hybridize to the target. Residual incomplete bisulfite conversion can be quantified using GCT score based on C/T-extension probes. Details of this method can be found in Zhou et al. 2017. The closer the score to 1.0, the more complete the bisulfite conversion.
##  1.067894
To visualize all probes from a gene
To visualize probes from arbitrary region
To visualize by probe names
SeSAMe performs copy number variation in three steps: 1) normalizes the signal intensity using a copy-number-normal data set; 2) groups adjacent probes into bins; 3) runs DNAcopy internally to group bins into segments.
To visualize segmentation in SeSAMe,