In situ sequencing methods generate spatially resolved RNA localization and expression data at an almost single-cell resolution. Few methods, however, currently exist to analyze and visualize the complex data that is produced, which can encode the localization and expression of a million or more individual transcripts in a tissue section. Here, we present InsituNet, an application that converts in situ sequencing data into interactive network-based visualizations, where each unique transcript is a node in the network and edges represent the spatial co-expression relationships between transcripts. InsituNet is available as an app for the Cytoscape platform at http://apps.cytoscape.org/apps/insitunet. InsituNet enables the analysis of the relationships that exist between these transcripts and can uncover how spatial co-expression profiles change in different regions of the tissue or across different tissue sections.
Keywords: Cytoscape; data visualization; gene expression; in situ sequencing; network biology; spatial co-expression; spatial transcriptomics.
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