GENESIS provides statistical methodology for analyzing genetic data from samples with population structure and/or familial relatedness. This vignette provides a description of how to use GENESIS for inferring population structure, as well as estimating relatedness measures such as kinship coefficients, identity by descent (IBD) sharing probabilities, and inbreeding coefficients. GENESIS uses PC-AiR for population structure inference that is robust to known or cryptic relatedness, and it uses PC-Relate for accurate relatedness estimation in the presence of population structure, admixutre, and departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
Principal Components Analysis (PCA) is commonly applied to genome-wide SNP genotype data from samples in genetic studies for population structure (i.e. ancestry) inference. PCA takes genotype values at hundreds of thousands of SNPs as input and performs a dimension reduction to principal components (PCs) that best reflect the variability of the data. Typically the top PCs calculated from the genotype data reflect population structure among the sample individuals. However, when a sample contains familial relatives, either known or unknown (cryptic), the top PCs obtained from a standard PCA are often confounded by this family structure and reflect clusters of close relatives.
The PC-AiR method is used to perform a PCA for the detection of population structure that is robust to possible familial relatives in the sample. Unlike a standard PCA, PC-AiR accounts for relatedness (known or cryptic) in the sample and identifies PCs that accurately capture population structure and not family structure. In order to accomplish this, PC-AiR uses measures of pairwise relatedness (kinship coefficients) and measures of pairwise ancestry divergence to identify an ancestry representative subset of mutually unrelated individuals. A standard PCA is performed on this "unrelated subset" of individuals, and PC values for the excluded "related subset" of indivdiuals are predicted from genetic similarity.
Many estimators exist that use genome-wide SNP genotype data from samples in genetic studies to estimate measures of recent genetic relatedness such as pairwise kinship coefficients, pairwise IBD sharing probabilities, and individual inbreeding coefficients. However, many of these estimators either make simplifying assumptions that do not hold in the presence of population structure and/or ancestry admixture, or they require reference population panels of known ancestry from pre-specified populations. When assumptions are violated, these estimators can provide highly biased estimates.
The PC-Relate method is used to accurately estimate measures of recent genetic relatedness in samples with unknown or unspecified population structure without requiring reference population panels. PC-Relate uses ancestry representative principal components to account for sample ancestry differences and provide estimates that are robust to population structure, ancestry admixture, and departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibirum.
The functions in the
GENESIS package read genotype data from a
GenotypeData class object as created by the
GWASTools package. Through the use of
GenotypeData class object can easily be created from:
Example R code for creating a
GenotypeData object is presented below. Much more detail can be found in the
GWASTools package reference manual.
geno <- MatrixGenotypeReader(genotype = genotype, snpID = snpID, chromosome = chromosome, position = position, scanID = scanID) genoData <- GenotypeData(geno)
genotypeis a matrix of genotype values coded as 0 / 1 / 2, where rows index SNPs and columns index samples
snpIDis an integer vector of unique SNP IDs
chromosomeis an integer vector specifying the chromosome of each SNP
positionis an integer vector specifying the position of each SNP
scanIDis a vector of unique individual IDs
geno <- GdsGenotypeReader(filename = "genotype.gds") genoData <- GenotypeData(geno)
filenameis the file path to the GDS object
SNPRelate package provides the
snpgdsBED2GDS function to convert binary PLINK files into a GDS file.
snpgdsBED2GDS(bed.fn = "genotype.bed", bim.fn = "genotype.bim", fam.fn = "genotype.fam", out.gdsfn = "genotype.gds")
bed.fnis the file path to the PLINK .bed file
bim.fnis the file path to the PLINK .bim file
fam.fnis the file path to the PLINK .fam file
out.gdsfnis the file path for the output GDS file
Once the PLINK files have been converted to a GDS file, then a
GenotypeData object can be created as described above.
To demonstrate PC-AiR and PC-Relate analyses with the
GENESIS package, we analyze SNP data from the Mexican Americans in Los Angeles, California (MXL) and African American individuals in the southwestern USA (ASW) population samples of HapMap 3. Mexican Americans and African Americans have a diverse ancestral background, and familial relatives are present in these data. Genotype data at a subset of 20K autosomal SNPs for 173 individuals are provided as a GDS file.
# read in GDS data gdsfile <- system.file("extdata", "HapMap_ASW_MXL_geno.gds", package="GENESIS") HapMap_geno <- GdsGenotypeReader(filename = gdsfile) # create a GenotypeData class object HapMap_genoData <- GenotypeData(HapMap_geno) HapMap_genoData
It is possible to identify a subset of mutually unrelated individuals in a sample based solely on pairwise measures of genetic relatedness (i.e. kinship coefficients). However, in order to obtain accurate population structure inference for the entire sample, it is important that the ancestries of all individuals in the sample are represented by at least one individual in this subset. In order to identify a mutually unrelated and ancestry representative subset of individuals, PC-AiR also utilizes measures of ancestry divergence. These measures are calculated using the KING-robust kinship coefficient estimator (Manichaikul et al., 2010), which provides systematically negative estimates for unrelated pairs of individuals with different ancestry. The number of negative pairwise estimates that an individual has provides information regarding how different that individual's ancestry is from the rest of the sample, which helps to prioritize individuals that should be kept in the ancestry representative subset.
The relevant output from the KING software is two text files with the file extensions .kin0 and .kin. The
king2mat function can be used to extract the kinship coefficients (which we use as divergence measures) from this output and create a matrix usable by the
GENESIS functions. The
iids input of the
king2mat function should be used to ensure that the output matrix orders individuals in the same way as the
# read individual IDs from GenotypeData object iids <- getScanID(HapMap_genoData) head(iids) # create matrix of KING estimates KINGmat <- king2mat(file.kin0 = system.file("extdata", "MXL_ASW.kin0", package="GENESIS"), file.kin = system.file("extdata", "MXL_ASW.kin", package="GENESIS"), iids = iids) KINGmat[1:5,1:5]
The column and row names of the matrix are the individual IDs, and each off-diagonal entry is the KING-robust estimate for the specified pair of individuals.
Alternative to running the KING software, the
snpgdsIBDKING function from the
SNPRelate package can be used to calculate the KING-robust estimates directly from a GDS file. The ouput of this function contains a matrix of pairwise estimates, which can be used by the
The PC-AiR algorithm requires pairwise measures of both kinship and ancestry divergence in order to partition the sample into an "unrelated subset" and a "related subset." The kinship coefficient estimates are used to identify relatives, as only one individual from a set of relatives can be included in the "unrelated subset," and the rest must be assigned to the "related subset." The ancestry divergence measures calculated from KING-robust are used to help select which individual from a set of relatives has the most unique ancestry and should be given priority for inclusion in the "unrelated subset."
The KING-robust estimates read in above are always used as measures of ancestry divergence for unrelated pairs of individuals, but they can also be used as measures of kinship for relatives (NOTE: they may be biased measures of kinship for admixed relatives with different ancestry). The
pcair function performs the PC-AiR analysis.
# run PC-AiR mypcair <- pcair(genoData = HapMap_genoData, kinMat = KINGmat, divMat = KINGmat)
kinMatis a matrix of pairwise kinship coefficient estimates
divMatis a matrix of pairwise measures of ancestry divergence (KING-robust estimates)
If better estimates of kinship coefficients are available, then the
kinMat input can be replaced with a similar matrix of these estimates. The
divMat input should always remain as the KING-robust estimates.
As PCA is an unsupervised method, it is often difficult to identify what population structure each of the top PCs represents. In order to provide some understanding of the inferred structure, it is sometimes recommended to include reference population samples of known ancestry in the analysis. If the data set contains such reference population samples, we may want to use only those individuals as the "unrelated subset" for performing the PCA and predict values for all other sample individuals. This can be accomplished by setting the input
unrel.set equal to a vector,
IDs, of the individual IDs for the reference population samples.
mypcair <- pcair(genoData = HapMap_genoData, unrel.set = IDs)
If, instead, we want to make sure that these reference population samples are included in the "unrelated subset," but also allow for the PC-AiR algorithm to select additional individuals from the sample to be a part of the "unrelated subset," then this can be accomplished by using the inputs
mypcair <- pcair(genoData = HapMap_genoData, kinMat = KINGmat, divMat = KINGmat, unrel.set = IDs)
This will force individuals specified with
unrel.set into the "unrelated subset," move any of their relatives into the "related subset," and then perform the PC-AiR partitioning algorithm on the remaining samples.
It may be of interest to partition a sample into an ancestry representative "unrelated subset" of individuals and a "related subset" of individuals without performing a PCA. The
pcairPartition function, which is called within the
pcair function, enables the user to do this.
part <- pcairPartition(kinMat = KINGmat, divMat = KINGmat)
The output contains two vectors that give the individual IDs for the "unrelated subset" and the "related subset."
As with the
pcair function, the input
unrel.set can be used to specify certain individuals that must be part of the "unrelated subset."
An object returned from the
pcair function has class
summary method for an object of class
pcair is provided to obtain a quick overview of the results.
The output provides the total sample size along with the number of individuals assigned to the unrelated and related subsets, as well as the threshold values used for determining which pairs of individuals were related or ancestrally divergent. The eigenvalues for the top PCs are also shown, which can assist in determining the number of PCs that reflect structure. The minor allele frequency (MAF) filter used for excluding SNPs is also specified, along with the total number of SNPs analyzed after this filtering. Details describing how to modify the analysis parameters and the available output of the function can be found with the command
GENESIS package also provides a
plot method for an object of class
pcair to quickly visualize pairs of PCs. Each point in one of these PC pairs plots represents a sample individual. These plots help to visualize population structure in the sample and identify clusters of individuals with similar ancestry.
# plot top 2 PCs plot(mypcair) # plot PCs 3 and 4 plot(mypcair, vx = 3, vy = 4)
The default is to plot PC values as black dots and blue pluses for individuals in the "unrelated subset" and "related subsets" respectively. The plotting colors and characters, as well as other standard plotting parameters, can be changed with the standard input to the
PC-Relate uses the ancestry representative principal components (PCs) calculated from PC-AiR to adjust for the population structure and ancestry of individuals in the sample and provide accurate estimates of recent genetic relatedness due to family structure. The
pcrelate function performs the PC-Relate analysis.
training.set input of the
pcrelate function allows for the specification of which samples are used to estimate the ancestry adjustment at each SNP. The adjustment tends to perform best when close relatives are excluded from
training.set, so the individuals in the "unrelated subset" from the PC-AiR analysis are typically a good choice. However, when an "unrelated subset" is not available, the adjustment still works well when estimated using all samples (
training.set = NULL).
# run PC-Relate mypcrelate <- pcrelate(genoData = HapMap_genoData, pcMat = mypcair$vectors[,1:2], training.set = mypcair$unrels)
pcMatis a matrix whose columns are the PCs used for the ancestry adjustment
training.setis a vector of individual IDs specifying which samples are used to esimate the ancestry adjustment at each SNP
If estimates of IBD sharing probabilities are not desired, then setting the input
ibd.probs = FALSE will speed up the computation.
pcrelate function will either return an object of class
pcrelate (when the input
write.to.gds = FALSE) or it will save the output to a GDS file (when the input
write.to.gds = TRUE). Saving the output to a GDS file is useful for large samples, as it allows for efficient storage and access to the estimates (see the package
gdsfmt for more details). The following command can be used to read in the results from a previous PC-Relate analysis saved to the GDS file "tmp_pcrelate.gds"
library(gdsfmt) mypcrelate <- openfn.gds("tmp_pcrelate.gds")
Functions are provided for easily reading the output from
pcrelate (either a class
pcrelate object or a GDS file) and making a table of pairwise relatedness estimates, a table of individual inbreeding coeficients, and a genetic relationship matrix (GRM).
pcrelateReadKinship(pcrelObj = mypcrelate, scan.include = iids[1:40], kin.thresh = 2^(-9/2)) pcrelateReadInbreed(pcrelObj = mypcrelate, scan.include = iids[1:40], f.thresh = 2^(-11/2)) pcrelateMakeGRM(pcrelObj = mypcrelate, scan.include = iids[1:5], scaleKin = 2)
pcrelObjis the output from
pcrelate; either a class
pcrelateobject or a GDS file
scan.includeis a vector of individual IDs specifying which individuals to include in the table or matrix
kin.threshspecifies a minimum kinship coefficient value to include in the table
f.threshspecifies a minimum inbreeding coefficient value to include in the table
scaleKinspecifies a factor to multiply the kinship coefficients by in the GRM
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