CLIFinder: identification of LINE-1 chimeric transcripts in RNA-seq data

Bioinformatics. 2018 Feb 15;34(4):688-690. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx671.


Summary: L1 Chimeric Transcripts (LCTs) are initiated by repeated LINE-1 element antisense promoters and include the L1 5'UTR sequence in antisense orientation followed by the adjacent genomic region. LCTs have been characterized mainly using bioinformatics approaches to query dbEST. To take advantage of NGS data to unravel the transcriptome composition, we developed Chimeric LIne Finder (CLIFinder), a new bioinformatics tool. Using stranded paired-end RNA-seq data, we demonstrated that CLIFinder can identify genome-wide transcribed chimera sequences corresponding to potential LCTs. Moreover, CLIFinder can be adapted to study transcription from other repeat types.

Availability and implementation: The code is available at:; and for Galaxy users, it is directly accessible in the tool shed at:


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genome, Human
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Long Interspersed Nucleotide Elements*
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods*
  • Software*