Here we describe a new integrative approach for accurate annotation and quantification of circRNAs named Short Read circRNA Pipeline (SRCP). Our strategy involves two steps: annotation of validated circRNAs followed by a quantification step. We show that SRCP is more sensitive than other individual pipelines and allows for more comprehensive quantification of a larger number of differentially expressed circRNAs. To facilitate the use of SRCP, we generate a comprehensive collection of validated circRNAs in five different organisms, including humans. We then utilize our approach and identify a subset of circRNAs bound to the miRNA-effector protein AGO2 in human brain samples.
Keywords: AGO2; CircRNAs; Circular RNA; Pipeline; RNA metabolism; Splicing.
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