PALMapper, the fusion of the short read mapper GenomeMapper  and the short read aligner QPALMA , is an easy-to-use and flexible tool to accurately and efficiently align both transcriptome reads (spliced and unspliced) from RNA-Seq experiments against a reference genome. PALMapper is able to take advantage of read-quality information by using the efficient training algorithm of QPALMA. It is additionally able to benefit from computational splice-site predictions which can be computed via ASP or mGene to improve the alignment accuracy.
PALMapper can be used on the command line or through a Web service, which is a customized version of the Galaxy framework .
Working with PALMapper
PALMapper on the command-line
To use PALMapper on the command-line, go to https://public.bmi.inf.ethz.ch/software/ and download the last version of the following software, unpack and install them by following the given instructions:
PALMapper with Galaxy system
To use PALMapper with the Galaxy system, go to http://galaxy.raetschlab.org/
Data used in the tutorial consist of a random subset of 250,000 reads 36 nucleotides length from a real data example on Caenorhabditis elegans . This example can be downloaded in its entirety from the NCBI Sequence Read Archive Web site (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sra) under accession number SRA003622 (experiment SRX001872).
The read data subset used as example in the tutorial as well as the genome sequence, the annotation file, the splice site predictions and QPALMA parameters are available as a Galaxy data library under the name "CP Bioinformatics - Example" and accessible via http://galaxy.raetschlab.org/library.
Splice site predictions
The user can take advantage of computational splice-site predictions to improve alignment accuracy. These predictions can be computed with ASP or mGene. The user can also directly download precomputed splice-site predictions for a growing list of organisms at http://ftp.raetschlab.org/resources/splice.
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