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Function

Create an ambiguous consensus sequence from a multiple alignment

Description

cons calculates a consensus sequence from a multiple sequence alignment. To obtain the consensus, the amino acid residue or nucleotide at each position is compared to the possible ambiguity codes. The consensus sequence uses the minimum ambiguity code match.

Algorithm

The ambiguity codes are defined in local data files. consambig uses these files to determine which codes match all residues or nucleotides in the input sequences at each position.

Usage

Here is a sample session with consambig


% consambig 
Create an ambiguous consensus sequence from a multiple alignment
Input (aligned) sequence set: dna.msf
output sequence [dna.fasta]: aligned.consambig

Go to the input files for this example
Go to the output files for this example

Command line arguments

Create an ambiguous consensus sequence from a multiple alignment
Version: EMBOSS:6.5.0.0

   Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers:
  [-sequence]          seqset     File containing a sequence alignment.
  [-outseq]            seqout     [.] Sequence filename and
                                  optional format (output USA)

   Additional (Optional) qualifiers:
   -name               string     Name of the consensus sequence (Any string)

   Advanced (Unprompted) qualifiers: (none)
   Associated qualifiers:

   "-sequence" associated qualifiers
   -sbegin1            integer    Start of each sequence to be used
   -send1              integer    End of each sequence to be used
   -sreverse1          boolean    Reverse (if DNA)
   -sask1              boolean    Ask for begin/end/reverse
   -snucleotide1       boolean    Sequence is nucleotide
   -sprotein1          boolean    Sequence is protein
   -slower1            boolean    Make lower case
   -supper1            boolean    Make upper case
   -scircular1         boolean    Sequence is circular
   -sformat1           string     Input sequence format
   -iquery1            string     Input query fields or ID list
   -ioffset1           integer    Input start position offset
   -sdbname1           string     Database name
   -sid1               string     Entryname
   -ufo1               string     UFO features
   -fformat1           string     Features format
   -fopenfile1         string     Features file name

   "-outseq" associated qualifiers
   -osformat2          string     Output seq format
   -osextension2       string     File name extension
   -osname2            string     Base file name
   -osdirectory2       string     Output directory
   -osdbname2          string     Database name to add
   -ossingle2          boolean    Separate file for each entry
   -oufo2              string     UFO features
   -offormat2          string     Features format
   -ofname2            string     Features file name
   -ofdirectory2       string     Output directory

   General qualifiers:
   -auto               boolean    Turn off prompts
   -stdout             boolean    Write first file to standard output
   -filter             boolean    Read first file from standard input, write
                                  first file to standard output
   -options            boolean    Prompt for standard and additional values
   -debug              boolean    Write debug output to program.dbg
   -verbose            boolean    Report some/full command line options
   -help               boolean    Report command line options and exit. More
                                  information on associated and general
                                  qualifiers can be found with -help -verbose
   -warning            boolean    Report warnings
   -error              boolean    Report errors
   -fatal              boolean    Report fatal errors
   -die                boolean    Report dying program messages
   -version            boolean    Report version number and exit

Qualifier Type Description Allowed values Default
Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers
[-sequence]
(Parameter 1)
seqset File containing a sequence alignment. Readable set of sequences Required
[-outseq]
(Parameter 2)
seqout Sequence filename and optional format (output USA) Writeable sequence <*>.format
Additional (Optional) qualifiers
-name string Name of the consensus sequence Any string  
Advanced (Unprompted) qualifiers
(none)
Associated qualifiers
"-sequence" associated seqset qualifiers
-sbegin1
-sbegin_sequence
integer Start of each sequence to be used Any integer value 0
-send1
-send_sequence
integer End of each sequence to be used Any integer value 0
-sreverse1
-sreverse_sequence
boolean Reverse (if DNA) Boolean value Yes/No N
-sask1
-sask_sequence
boolean Ask for begin/end/reverse Boolean value Yes/No N
-snucleotide1
-snucleotide_sequence
boolean Sequence is nucleotide Boolean value Yes/No N
-sprotein1
-sprotein_sequence
boolean Sequence is protein Boolean value Yes/No N
-slower1
-slower_sequence
boolean Make lower case Boolean value Yes/No N
-supper1
-supper_sequence
boolean Make upper case Boolean value Yes/No N
-scircular1
-scircular_sequence
boolean Sequence is circular Boolean value Yes/No N
-sformat1
-sformat_sequence
string Input sequence format Any string  
-iquery1
-iquery_sequence
string Input query fields or ID list Any string  
-ioffset1
-ioffset_sequence
integer Input start position offset Any integer value 0
-sdbname1
-sdbname_sequence
string Database name Any string  
-sid1
-sid_sequence
string Entryname Any string  
-ufo1
-ufo_sequence
string UFO features Any string  
-fformat1
-fformat_sequence
string Features format Any string  
-fopenfile1
-fopenfile_sequence
string Features file name Any string  
"-outseq" associated seqout qualifiers
-osformat2
-osformat_outseq
string Output seq format Any string  
-osextension2
-osextension_outseq
string File name extension Any string  
-osname2
-osname_outseq
string Base file name Any string  
-osdirectory2
-osdirectory_outseq
string Output directory Any string  
-osdbname2
-osdbname_outseq
string Database name to add Any string  
-ossingle2
-ossingle_outseq
boolean Separate file for each entry Boolean value Yes/No N
-oufo2
-oufo_outseq
string UFO features Any string  
-offormat2
-offormat_outseq
string Features format Any string  
-ofname2
-ofname_outseq
string Features file name Any string  
-ofdirectory2
-ofdirectory_outseq
string Output directory Any string  
General qualifiers
-auto boolean Turn off prompts Boolean value Yes/No N
-stdout boolean Write first file to standard output Boolean value Yes/No N
-filter boolean Read first file from standard input, write first file to standard output Boolean value Yes/No N
-options boolean Prompt for standard and additional values Boolean value Yes/No N
-debug boolean Write debug output to program.dbg Boolean value Yes/No N
-verbose boolean Report some/full command line options Boolean value Yes/No Y
-help boolean Report command line options and exit. More information on associated and general qualifiers can be found with -help -verbose Boolean value Yes/No N
-warning boolean Report warnings Boolean value Yes/No Y
-error boolean Report errors Boolean value Yes/No Y
-fatal boolean Report fatal errors Boolean value Yes/No Y
-die boolean Report dying program messages Boolean value Yes/No Y
-version boolean Report version number and exit Boolean value Yes/No N

Input file format

The USA of a set of aligned sequences.

Input files for usage example

File: dna.msf

!!NA_MULTIPLE_ALIGNMENT

 dna.msf  MSF: 120  Type: N  January 01, 1776  12:00  Check: 3196 ..

 Name: MSFM1          Len:   120  Check:  8587  Weight:  1.00
 Name: MSFM2          Len:   120  Check:  6178  Weight:  1.00
 Name: MSFM3          Len:   120  Check:  8431  Weight:  1.00

//

        MSFM1  ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC
        MSFM2  ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ....ACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC
        MSFM3  ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT CGTACGTACG

        MSFM1  GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT
        MSFM2  GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT
        MSFM3  TACGTACGTA CGTACGTACG TACGTACGTA ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT

        MSFM1  ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT
        MSFM2  ACGTACGTTG CAACGTACGT
        MSFM3  ACGTACGTAC GTACGTACGT

Output file format

The output consists of a sequence file holding the consensus sequence.

Output files for usage example

File: aligned.consambig

>EMBOSS_001
ACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTacgtACGTACGTACGTACGTMSKWMSKWMSKWMSKWMSKW
MSKWMSKWMSKWMSKWMSKWACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTACGTWSSWACGTACGT

Data files

consambig uses the standard files Ebases.iub and Eresidues.iub in the EMBOSS data directory.

EMBOSS data files are distributed with the application and stored in the standard EMBOSS data directory, which is defined by the EMBOSS environment variable EMBOSS_DATA.

To see the available EMBOSS data files, run:

% embossdata -showall

To fetch one of the data files (for example 'Exxx.dat') into your current directory for you to inspect or modify, run:


% embossdata -fetch -file Exxx.dat

Users can provide their own data files in their own directories. Project specific files can be put in the current directory, or for tidier directory listings in a subdirectory called ".embossdata". Files for all EMBOSS runs can be put in the user's home directory, or again in a subdirectory called ".embossdata".

The directories are searched in the following order:

Notes

None.

References

None.

Warnings

None.

Diagnostic Error Messages

None.

Exit status

It always exits with status 0.

Known bugs

None.

See also

Program name Description
cons Create a consensus sequence from a multiple alignment
megamerger Merge two large overlapping DNA sequences
merger Merge two overlapping sequences

Author(s)

Jon Ison
European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK

Please report all bugs to the EMBOSS bug team (emboss-bug © emboss.open-bio.org) not to the original author.

History

Target users

This program is intended to be used by everyone and everything, from naive users to embedded scripts.

Comments

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