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Plotting tools for nanopore methylation data
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This script takes data from nanopolish, either as methylation calls or methylation frequencies (as processed by to generate a genome browser view on a window.


pip install methplotlib


methplotlib [-h] [-v] -m METHYLATION [METHYLATION ...] -n NAMES
               [NAMES ...] -w WINDOW [-g GTF] [-b BED] [--simplify]
               [--split] [--smooth SMOOTH]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --version         Print version and exit.
  -m, --methylation METHYLATION [METHYLATION ...]
                        nanoplish calls or frequency output
  -n, --names NAMES [NAMES ...]
                        names of datasets in --methylation
  -w, --window WINDOW   window (region) to which the visualisation has to be restricted
  -g, --gtf GTF         add annotation based on a gtf file
  -b, --bed BED         add annotation based on a bed file matching to your reference genome
  --simplify            simplify annotation track to show genes rather than transcripts
  --split               split, rather than overlay the methylation frequency tracks
  --smooth SMOOTH       Smoothen the datapoints of frequencies, but reduce the details (integer, default=5)

Snakemake workflow

For streamlining nanopolish a Snakefile is included (using snakemake). The workflow uses a config file, of which an example is in this repository.

Test data

The test folder contains calls and frequencies for the human ACTB gene from PromethION sequencing of NA19240. An example command is available.

Companion scripts

The scripts folder contains scripts for phasing modification calls in haplotypes based on WhatsHap phasing, allele specific modification testing for phased data and differential modification testing across subjects.


  • Outlier detection (in windows) across samples
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