I have a question for you guys regarding quality filtering.

I have a data set of double MID tagged 454 amplicons, from which I wish to
select high quality sequences above Q20.
The 454 quality filtering system seems to work differently from that given
for the Illumina sequencing i.e. 454 filtering takes high quality segments,
while Illumina (FASTQ) can select high quality full  reads based on certain

OK, so I know that the total length of my amplicon, including primers and
barcodes is around 260bp. If I then set the 454 quality filtering tool to
extract contiguous high quality sequence of >260, it gives me back around
45% of my raw data as hitting this criterion i.e. All 260bp are above Q20. I
don¹t necessarily need this high stringency as most bases may not be

But if I convert my 454 data to FASTQ format and then run the Illumina
filtering system which also allows me to set the number of bases allowed to
deviate from the Q20 criteria, I get back over 90% of my data (allowing 10bp
to deviate from Q20).

I then need to go ahead and convert back to 454 format.

Can you tell me if this is OK?
Will I loose /confuse information somewhere along these conversions?

It seems that if I do this, my barcodes are removed, as amplicons do not
sort properly when I parse them through my barcode filtering program.

Does anyone know of a program to filter 454 data based on average sequence
quality score, which doesn¹t involve Linux and the Roche off instrument
program (I have no experience in Linux! )


Jack Lighten,
Ph.D. Candidate,
Bentzen Lab,
Room 6078,
Department of Biology,
Dalhousie University,
Halifax, NS, B3H 4J1

Office:(902) 494-1398
Email: jackie.ligh...@dal.ca
Profile: www.marinebiodiversity.ca/CHONe/Members/lightenj/profile/bio
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