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BLENDER is a companion program to the DISCOVER-Seq assay to identify off-target editing sites from MRE11 ChIP-Seq experiments.
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BLENDER is a companion program to the DISCOVER-Seq assay to identify off-target editing sites from MRE11 ChIP-Seq experiments. It takes aligned bamfiles from the IP experiment and (optionally) a control bamfile and identifies locations with stacks of reads at putative cutsites. PAM sequences can be provided by the user as well as a guide sequence. BLENDER makes use of the ENCODE ChIP-Seq Blacklists for human and mouse which are lists of regions in the genome that have artifactual large numbers of reads. These lists and the control bam plus PAM sequences and the guide are used to filter out false positives. BLENDER runs on mouse mm10 and human hg38 genomes (blacklists coordinates are for these genomes).



perl [options] <guide sequence> <IP bamfile> <control bamfile> > unfiltered_output.txt

perl [options] <guide sequence> <IP bamfile> <control bamfile> | perl > output.txt

perl [options] <guide sequence> <IP bamfile> <control bamfile> | perl > pooled_output.txt

BLENDER can be run with or without being piped through the filtering script. There are two filtering scripts provided; the standard script that implements the standard scoring scheme, and the script that implements the more stringent scoring scheme for pooled samples.

scoring scheme


guide sequence Guide sequence should be provided 5'-> 3' without the PAM sequence.

IP bamfile This is the aligned bamfile for the MRE11 pulldown of ChIP-Seq of a Cas9 edited sample. BLENDER will extract the reference sequence fromthis file for use in the analysis. I typically use BWA for alignment, but bowtie2 can be used as well. BLENDER has not been tested with bamfiles from other aligners.

control bamfile This is a ChIP-Seq for MRE11 pulldown from either unedited cells or cells that have been edited with a non-targeting gRNA. If there are greater than 10 reads in the control sample, the hit in the edited sample is filtered out. This option can be set by the user.


-p List of 2 nucleotide PAM sequences, separated by commas, in quotes. The default is "GG,AG".

-c Cutoff threshold for number of read ends at a putative cut site. Default is 3. For maximum sensitivity, this can be set to 2 and the filtering scheme applied. BEWARE that this dramatically slows down running time. It can increase runtime from ~30min to 24hrs, depending on the guide.

--verbose This flag will turn on output of filtered out candidates while running if filtered out for more than maximum mismatches (8) in the guide sequence, or the hit occurs in a blacklist region or it is in a very deep region and thus likely an artifact.

Output: outputs to stdout and the output is unfiltered. This raw output can be used for exploring bamfiles to assess whether adjustments might be needed for the scoring scheme. Alternatively, the output of can be directly piped into to apply scoring scheme and get a list of filtered results. The output has the following columns: Chr:Start-End Cutsite Discoscore Cutsite Ends Strand/PAM Guide sequence Mismatches

Citing: TBD

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