Single-cell RNAseq for the study of isoforms-how is that possible?

Genome Biol. 2018 Aug 10;19(1):110. doi: 10.1186/s13059-018-1496-z.


Single-cell RNAseq and alternative splicing studies have recently become two of the most prominent applications of RNAseq. However, the combination of both is still challenging, and few research efforts have been dedicated to the intersection between them. Cell-level insight on isoform expression is required to fully understand the biology of alternative splicing, but it is still an open question to what extent isoform expression analysis at the single-cell level is actually feasible. Here, we establish a set of four conditions that are required for a successful single-cell-level isoform study and evaluate how these conditions are met by these technologies in published research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts
  • Cell Count
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Simulation
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods*
  • Single-Cell Analysis / methods*


  • Protein Isoforms
  • RNA, Messenger