Whole-genome haplotype reconstruction using proximity-ligation and shotgun sequencing

Nat Biotechnol. 2013 Dec;31(12):1111-8. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2728. Epub 2013 Nov 3.


Rapid advances in high-throughput sequencing facilitate variant discovery and genotyping, but linking variants into a single haplotype remains challenging. Here we demonstrate HaploSeq, an approach for assembling chromosome-scale haplotypes by exploiting the existence of 'chromosome territories'. We use proximity ligation and sequencing to show that alleles on homologous chromosomes occupy distinct territories, and therefore this experimental protocol preferentially recovers physically linked DNA variants on a homolog. Computational analysis of such data sets allows for accurate (∼99.5%) reconstruction of chromosome-spanning haplotypes for ∼95% of alleles in hybrid mouse cells with 30× sequencing coverage. To resolve haplotypes for a human genome, which has a low density of variants, we coupled HaploSeq with local conditional phasing to obtain haplotypes for ∼81% of alleles with ∼98% accuracy from just 17× sequencing. Whereas methods based on proximity ligation were originally designed to investigate spatial organization of genomes, our results lend support for their use as a general tool for haplotyping.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Genome, Human / genetics*
  • Haplotypes / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*

Associated data

  • GEO/GSE48592