extractalign

 

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Function

Extract regions from a sequence alignment

Description

extractalign allows you to specify one or more regions of a sequence alignment to extract sub-sequences from to build up a resulting sub-sequence alignment. extractalign reads in a sequence alignment and a set of regions of that alignment as specified by pairs of start and end positions (either on the command-line or contained in a file) using gapped alignment positions as the coordinates, and writes out the specified regions of the input sequence in the order in which they have been specified. Thus, if the sequence "AAAGGGTTT" has been input and the regions: "7-9, 3-4" have been specified, then the output sequence will be: "TTTAG".

Usage

Here is a sample session with extractalign

Extract the region from position 10 to 20:


% extractalign dna.msf result.seq -regions "11-30" 
Extract regions from a sequence alignment

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Command line arguments

Extract regions from a sequence alignment
Version: EMBOSS:6.5.0.0

   Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers:
  [-sequence]          seqset     (Aligned) sequence set filename and optional
                                  format, or reference (input USA)
   -regions            range      [Whole sequence] Regions to extract.
                                  A set of regions is specified by a set of
                                  pairs of positions.
                                  The positions are integers.
                                  They are separated by any non-digit,
                                  non-alpha character.
                                  Examples of region specifications are:
                                  24-45, 56-78
                                  1:45, 67=99;765..888
                                  1,5,8,10,23,45,57,99
  [-outseq]            seqoutall  [.] Sequence set(s)
                                  filename and optional format (output USA)

   Additional (Optional) qualifiers: (none)
   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 (Aligned) sequence set filename and optional format, or reference (input USA) Readable set of sequences Required
-regions range Regions to extract. A set of regions is specified by a set of pairs of positions. The positions are integers. They are separated by any non-digit, non-alpha character. Examples of region specifications are: 24-45, 56-78 1:45, 67=99;765..888 1,5,8,10,23,45,57,99 Sequence range Whole sequence
[-outseq]
(Parameter 2)
seqoutall Sequence set(s) filename and optional format (output USA) Writeable sequence(s) <*>.format
Additional (Optional) qualifiers
(none)
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 seqoutall 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

extractalign reads aligned nucleotide or protein sequences.

The input is a standard EMBOSS sequence query (also known as a 'USA').

Major sequence database sources defined as standard in EMBOSS installations include srs:embl, srs:uniprot and ensembl

Data can also be read from sequence output in any supported format written by an EMBOSS or third-party application.

The input format can be specified by using the command-line qualifier -sformat xxx, where 'xxx' is replaced by the name of the required format. The available format names are: gff (gff3), gff2, embl (em), genbank (gb, refseq), ddbj, refseqp, pir (nbrf), swissprot (swiss, sw), dasgff and debug.

See: http://emboss.sf.net/docs/themes/SequenceFormats.html for further information on sequence formats.

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

You can specify a file of ranges to extract by giving the '-regions' qualifier the value '@' followed by the name of the file containing the ranges. (eg: '-regions @myfile').

The format of the range file is:

An example range file is:


# this is my set of ranges
12   23
 4   5       this is like 12-23, but smaller
67   10348   interesting region

Output file format

The output is a normal sequence file.

Output files for usage example

File: result.seq

>MSFM1
GTACGTACGTACGTACGTAC
>MSFM2
GTACGTACGT----ACGTAC
>MSFM3
GTACGTACGTACGTACGTAC

If the option '-separate' is used then each specified region is written to the output file as a separate sequence. The name of the sequence is created from the name of the original sequence with the start and end positions of the range appended with underscore characters between them,

For example: "XYZ region 2 to 34" is written as: "XYZ_2_34"

Data files

None.

Notes

None.

References

None.

Warnings

None.

Diagnostic Error Messages

Several warning messages about malformed region specifications:

Exit status

It exits with status 0, unless a region is badly constructed.

Known bugs

None noted.

Comments

See also

Program name Description
abiview Display the trace in an ABI sequencer file
aligncopy Read and write alignments
aligncopypair Read and write pairs from alignments
biosed Replace or delete sequence sections
codcopy Copy and reformat a codon usage table
coderet Extract CDS, mRNA and translations from feature tables
cutseq Remove a section from a sequence
degapseq Remove non-alphabetic (e.g. gap) characters from sequences
descseq Alter the name or description of a sequence
entret Retrieve sequence entries from flatfile databases and files
extractfeat Extract features from sequence(s)
extractseq Extract regions from a sequence
featcopy Read and write a feature table
featmerge Merge two overlapping feature tables
featreport Read and write a feature table
feattext Return a feature table original text
infoalign Display basic information about a multiple sequence alignment
infoseq Display basic information about sequences
listor Write a list file of the logical OR of two sets of sequences
makenucseq Create random nucleotide sequences
makeprotseq Create random protein sequences
maskambignuc Mask all ambiguity characters in nucleotide sequences with N
maskambigprot Mask all ambiguity characters in protein sequences with X
maskfeat Write a sequence with masked features
maskseq Write a sequence with masked regions
newseq Create a sequence file from a typed-in sequence
nohtml Remove mark-up (e.g. HTML tags) from an ASCII text file
noreturn Remove carriage return from ASCII files
nospace Remove whitespace from an ASCII text file
notab Replace tabs with spaces in an ASCII text file
notseq Write to file a subset of an input stream of sequences
nthseq Write to file a single sequence from an input stream of sequences
nthseqset Read and write (return) one set of sequences from many
pasteseq Insert one sequence into another
refseqget Get reference sequence
revseq Reverse and complement a nucleotide sequence
seqcount Read and count sequences
seqret Read and write (return) sequences
seqretsetall Read and write (return) many sets of sequences
seqretsplit Read sequences and write them to individual files
seqxref Retrieve all database cross-references for a sequence entry
seqxrefget Retrieve all cross-referenced data for a sequence entry
showalign Display a multiple sequence alignment in pretty format
sizeseq Sort sequences by size
skipredundant Remove redundant sequences from an input set
skipseq Read and write (return) sequences, skipping first few
splitsource Split sequence(s) into original source sequences
splitter Split sequence(s) into smaller sequences
trimest Remove poly-A tails from nucleotide sequences
trimseq Remove unwanted characters from start and end of sequence(s)
trimspace Remove extra whitespace from an ASCII text file
union Concatenate multiple sequences into a single sequence
variationget Get sequence variations
vectorstrip Remove vectors from the ends of nucleotide sequence(s)
whichdb Search all sequence databases for an entry and retrieve it
yank Add a sequence reference (a full USA) to a list file

Author(s)

Peter Rice
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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