Signac 1.0.0 Unreleased

This release includes major updates to the Signac package, including new functionality, performance improvements, and new data structures.

The entire package has been updated to use the new ChromatinAssay class for the storage of single-cell chromatin data. This is an extension of the standard Seurat Assay that adds additional slots needed for the analysis of chromatin data, including genomic ranges, genome information, fragment file information, motifs, gene annotations, and genomic links.

In addition, we have defined a new Fragment class to store information relating to a fragment file. This makes use of the fragment files within Signac more robust, as checks are now performed to verify that the expected cells are present in the fragment file, and that the fragment file or index are not modified on disk.

Key new functionality:

  • Store multiple fragment files: you can now store as many fragment files as needed in a single object, and all functions that use the fragment file will pull data from each of the files. Cell barcodes in the fragment files do not need to match the cell barcodes in the object.
  • Use remote fragment files: you can now use all the same functionality with fragment files hosted on remote servers accessible through http or ftp.
  • Transcription factor footprinting: New Footprint() and PlotFootprint() functions for TF footprinting analysis.
  • Bioconductor methods: call granges(), findOverlaps(), seqinfo(), and other Bioconductor generic functions directly on the ChromatinAssay or Seurat object.
  • New multi-modal visualization methods: Jointly visualize RNA expression and chromatin accessibility using the CoveragePlot() function.
  • New interactive visualizations: Interactively browse the genome using the CoverageBrowser() function.
  • Mitochondrial lineage tracing: New functions to identify informative mitochondrial alleles, find clonotypes, and predict cell lineage relationships using mitochondrial mutations.

Other changes:

  • Updates to NucleosomeSignal(): we have greatly improved the scalability of NucleosomeSignal(), and fixed a bug present in previous versions. The score computed by NucleosomeSignal() in 1.0.0 will be different to that computed by previous versions of Signac.
  • New CountFragments() function: a fast, memory-efficient function implemented in C++ that counts the total number of fragments for each cell barcode present in a fragment file.
  • New fast option in the TSSEnrichment() function. Setting this to TRUE will compute the TSS enrichment score per cell without storing the entire cell by TSS position matrix. This can significantly reduce memory requirements for large datasets, but does not allow subsequent plotting of the TSS signal for different groups of cells.
  • New TilePlot() function and tile parameter for CoveragePlot() to plot Tn5 integration events in a genomic region for individual cells.
  • Performance improvements for FeatureMatrix(), CoveragePlot(), and TSSEnrichment()
  • Added the manually curated hg38 genomic blacklist regions curated by Anshul Kundaje and Anna Shcherbina. These are available as the blacklist_hg38_unified object.
  • Updated the FRiP() function to use total fragment counts per cell stored in object metadata.

Signac 0.2.5 2020-04-16

  • New DepthCor function to compute the correlation between sequencing depth and reduced dimension components.
  • Performance improvements for RunTFIDF.
  • Removed option to use EnsDb object in ClosestFeatures and CoveragePlot. Use GRanges instead.
  • Removed ucsc parameter from CoveragePlot.
  • Fixed bug in FeatureMatrix that would cause fragments to be counted multiple times if nchunk was greater than the number of features used.
  • Fixed bug in CoveragePlot that would prevent plotting multiple regions when using GRanges.
  • Fixed bug in CoveragePlot that would prevent plotting when a different assay was active.
  • Removed dependencies: GenomicFeatures
  • Moved dependencies to suggests: Biostrings, BSgenome
  • Removed from suggests: BSgenome.Hsapiens.UCSC.hg19, EnsDb.Hsapiens.v75, JASPAR2018

Signac 0.2.4 2020-03-13

  • First CRAN release.
  • New SubsetMatrix function to subset a matrix based on number of non-zero elements in the rows or columns.
  • Removed seed.use parameter from RunSVD.

Signac 0.2.3 Unreleased

  • New UnifyPeaks function to create a merged set of peaks from multiple samples.

Signac 0.2.2 Unreleased

  • Bug fix for RunSVD: previously, scaling was applied to each cell rather than each component. Now, mean centering and SD scaling are applied to the cell embeddings within a component.
  • Added scale.embeddings option to RunSVD to control whether embeddings are scaled and centered.
  • Added parameter to RunSVD.
  • Update to allow comment characters in fragment file cell names

Signac 0.2.1 Unreleased

  • Removed SingleCoveragePlot from exported functions
  • Added executable examples for all functions
  • Store raw SVD output in DimReduc misc slot in RunSVD
  • Fixed strand orientation for gene plot in CoveragePlot
  • Fix missing x-axis when plotting peaks but not genes in CoveragePlot

Signac 0.2.0 Unreleased

  • Removed dependency on TFBSTools, motifmatchr, AnnotationDbi, ggbio, AnnotationFilter
  • Renamed PeriodPlot to FragmentHistogram
  • Removed motif dimension reduction functions
  • Removed motif clustering functions
  • Removed neighbors and reductions slots from motif class
  • Added motif.names slot to motif class
  • Added ability to plot peak ranges in CoveragePlot
  • Added ability to plot gene annotations from GRanges object
  • Changed gene plot style in CoveragePlot
  • Allow passing additional arguments to FilterFragments
  • Add inst/extdata
  • Change DESCRIPTION file so that Bioconductor dependencies are automatically installed

Signac 0.1.6 Unreleased

  • Bug fix for GetCellsInRegion
  • Improve documentation

Signac 0.1.5 Unreleased

  • New TSSEnrichment and TSSPlot functions for TSS enrichment scoring
  • New InsertionBias function
  • New options in CoveragePlot for scaling tracks
  • Major speed improvements for CoveragePlot
  • Improved documentation (added examples)

Signac 0.1.4 Unreleased

  • Updates to CoveragePlot: now plots a Tn5 integration score per base, rather than the whole fragment.

Signac 0.1.3 Unreleased

  • New GetIntersectingFeatures function to find overlapping peaks between objects
  • New MergeWithRegions function to perform region-aware Seurat object merging

Signac 0.1.2 Unreleased

  • New RunChromVAR function to run chromVAR through Signac
  • New RegionStats function to add statistics about peak sequences to the feature metadata
  • Improvements to FindMotifs: now selects a set of background peaks matching the sequence characteristics of the input

Signac 0.1.1 Unreleased

  • Added IntersectMatrix
  • Added unit tests
  • Bug fixes for ChunkGRanges

Signac 0.1.0 Unreleased

  • This is the first release of Signac!