MICROSATELIGHT – Pipeline to expedite microsatellite analysis Journal Article

Author(s): Palero, Ferran; González-Candelas, Fernando; Pascual, Marta
Article Title: MICROSATELIGHT – Pipeline to expedite microsatellite analysis
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: MICROSATELIGHT is a Perl/Tk pipeline with a graphical user interface that facilitates several tasks when scoring microsatellites. It implements new subroutines in R and PERL and takes advantage of features provided by previously developed freeware. MICROSATELIGHT takes raw genotype data and automates the peak identification through PeakScanner. The PeakSelect subroutine assigns peaks to different microsatellite markers according to their multiplex group, fluorochrome type, and size range. After peak selection, binning of alleles can be carried out 1) automatically through AlleloBin or 2) by manual bin definition through Binator. In both cases, several features for quality checking and further binning improvement are provided. The genotype table can then be converted into input files for several population genetics programs through CREATE. Finally, Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium tests and confidence intervals for null allele frequency can be obtained through GENEPOP. MICROSATELIGHT is the only freely available public-domain software that facilitates full multiplex microsatellite scoring, from electropherogram files to user-defined text files to be used with population genetics software. MICROSATELIGHT has been created for the Windows XP operating system and has been successfully tested under Windows 7. It is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/microsatelight/.
Journal Title: Journal of Heredity
Volume: 102
Issue 2
ISSN: 1465-7333
Publisher: Oxford University Press  
Date Published: 2010-10-05
Start Page: 247
End Page: 249
DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esq111
Notes: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (CGL2006-13423, CTM2007-66635). M.P. and FP are part of the research group 2009SGR-636 of the Generalitat de Catalunya. F.P. acknowledges an EU-Synthesys grant (GB-TAF-4474). Thanks to José Gabriel Segarra-Moragues (Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación) for sending us pictures with several types of stuttering and Pedro Simões and Gemma Calàbria (Universitat de Barcelona) for testing this software. Finally, thanks are due to 2 anonymous referees for their valuable comments. These comments certainly helped to improve the manuscript.
Open access: no