BRIE: transcriptome-wide splicing quantification in single cells

Genome Biol. 2017 Jun 27;18(1):123. doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1248-5.


Single-cell RNA-seq (scRNA-seq) provides a comprehensive measurement of stochasticity in transcription, but the limitations of the technology have prevented its application to dissect variability in RNA processing events such as splicing. Here, we present BRIE (Bayesian regression for isoform estimation), a Bayesian hierarchical model that resolves these problems by learning an informative prior distribution from sequence features. We show that BRIE yields reproducible estimates of exon inclusion ratios in single cells and provides an effective tool for differential isoform quantification between scRNA-seq data sets. BRIE, therefore, expands the scope of scRNA-seq experiments to probe the stochasticity of RNA processing.

Keywords: Differential splicing; Isoform estimate; Single-cell RNA-seq.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing / genetics*
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Exons / genetics
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics*
  • RNA Splicing / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA
  • Single-Cell Analysis
  • Transcriptome / genetics*


  • Protein Isoforms