# Local-blast "factory object" creation and blast-parameter
@params = (-database => 'swissprot', -outfile => 'blast1.out');
$factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(@params);
# Blast a sequence against a database:
$str = Bio::SeqIO->new(-file=>'t/amino.fa', -format => 'Fasta');
$input = $str->next_seq();
$input2 = $str->next_seq();
$blast_report = $factory->blastall($input);
# Run an iterated Blast (psiblast) of a sequence against a database:
$factory->j(3); # 'j' is blast parameter for # of iterations
$factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(@params);
$blast_report = $factory->blastpgp($input);
# Use blast to align 2 sequences against each other:
$factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(-outfile => 'bl2seq.out');
# Experimental support for WU-Blast 2.0
my $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(-program =>"wublastp",
-e => 1e-20);
my $blast_report = $factory->wublast($seq);
# Experimental support for NCBI rpsblast
my $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(-db => 'CDD/Cog',
-expect => 0.001);
$factory->F('T'); # turn on SEG filtering of query sequence
my $blast_report = $factory->rpsblast($seq);
# Use the experimental fast Blast parser, 'blast_pull'
my $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(-_READMETHOD =>'blast_pull',
# Various additional options and input formats are available,
# see the DESCRIPTION section for details.
DESCRIPTIONThis DESCRIPTION only documents Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast, a Bioperl object for running the NCBI standAlone BLAST package. Blast itself is a large & complex program - for more information regarding BLAST, please see the BLAST documentation which accompanies the BLAST distribution. BLAST is available from ftp://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast/.
A source of confusion in documenting a BLAST interface is that the term ``program'' is used in - at least - three different ways in the BLAST documentation. In this DESCRIPTION, ``program'' will refer to the BLAST routine set by the BLAST "-p" parameter that can be set to blastn, blastp, tblastx etc. We will use the term Blast ``executable'' to refer to the various different executable files that may be called - ie. blastall, blastpgp or bl2seq. In addition, there are several BLAST capabilities, which are also referred to as ``programs'', and are implemented by using specific combinations of BLAST executables, programs and parameters. They will be referred by their specific names - eg PSIBLAST and PHIBLAST.
Before running StandAloneBlast it is necessary: to install BLAST on your system, to edit set the environmental variable $BLASTDIR or your $PATH variable to point to the BLAST directory, and to ensure that users have execute privileges for the BLAST program.
If the databases which will be searched by BLAST are located in the data subdirectory of the blast program directory (the default installation location), StandAloneBlast will find them; however, if the database files are located in any other location, environmental variable $BLASTDATADIR will need to be set to point to that directory.
The use of the StandAloneBlast module is as follows: Initially, a local blast ``factory object'' is created. The constructor may be passed an optional array of (non-default) parameters to be used by the factory, eg:
@params = (-program => 'blastn', -database => 'ecoli.nt'); $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(@params);
Any parameters not explicitly set will remain as the defaults of the BLAST executable. Note each BLAST executable has somewhat different parameters and options. See the BLAST Documentation for a description or run the BLAST executable from the command line followed solely with a ``-'' to see a list of options and default values for that executable; eg >blastall -.
BLAST parameters can be changed and/or examined at any time after the factory has been created. The program checks that any parameter/switch being set/read is valid. Except where specifically noted, StandAloneBlast uses the same single-letter, case-sensitive parameter names as the actual blast program. Currently no checks are included to verify that parameters are of the proper type (e.g. string or numeric) or that their values are within the proper range.
As an example, to change the value of the Blast parameter 'e' ('e' is the parameter for expectation-value cutoff)
$expectvalue = 0.01; $factory->e($expectvalue);
Note that for improved script readibility one can modify the name of the (ncbi) BLAST parameters as desired as long as the initial letter (and case) of the parameter are preserved, e.g.:
Unfortunately, some of the BLAST parameters are not the single letter one might expect (eg ``iteration round'' in blastpgp is 'j'). Again one can check by using, for example:
> blastpgp -
Wublast parameters need to be complete (ie. don't truncate them to their first letter), but are case-insensitive.
Once the factory has been created and the appropriate parameters set, one can call one of the supported blast executables. The input sequence(s) to these executables may be fasta file(s) as described in the BLAST documentation.
$inputfilename = 't/testquery.fa'; $blast_report = $factory->blastall($inputfilename);
In addition, sequence input may be in the form of either a Bio::Seq object or (a reference to) an array of Bio::Seq objects, e.g.:
$input = Bio::Seq->new(-id => "test query", -seq => "ACTACCCTTTAAATCAGTGGGGG"); $blast_report = $factory->blastall($input);
NOTE: Use of the BPlite method has been deprecated and is no longer supported.
For blastall and non-psiblast blastpgp runs, report object is a Bio::SearchIO object, selected by the user with the parameter _READMETHOD. The leading underscore is needed to distinguish this option from options which are passed to the BLAST executable. The default parser is Bio::SearchIO::blast. In any case, the ``raw'' blast report is also available. The filename is set by the 'outfile' parameter and has the default value of ``blastreport.out''.
For psiblast execution in the BLAST ``jumpstart'' mode, the program must be passed (in addition to the query sequence itself) an alignment containing the query sequence (in the form of a SimpleAlign object) as well as a ``mask'' specifying at what residues position-specific scoring matrices (PSSMs) are to used and at what residues default scoring matrices (eg BLOSUM) are to be used. See psiblast documentation for more details. The mask itself is a string of 0's and 1's which is the same length as each sequence in the alignment and has a ``1'' at locations where (PSSMs) are to be used and a ``0'' at all other locations. So for example:
$str = Bio::AlignIO->new(-file => "cysprot.msf", -format => 'msf'); $aln = $str->next_aln(); $len = $aln->length_aln(); $mask = '1' x $len; # simple case where PSSM's to be used at all residues $report = $factory->blastpgp("cysprot1.fa", $aln, $mask);
For bl2seq execution, StandAloneBlast.pm can be combined with AlignIO.pm to directly produce a SimpleAlign object from the alignment of the two sequences produced by bl2seq as in:
# Get 2 sequences $str = Bio::SeqIO->new(-file=>'t/amino.fa' , -format => 'Fasta'); my $seq3 = $str->next_seq(); my $seq4 = $str->next_seq(); # Run bl2seq on them $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(-program => 'blastp', -outfile => 'bl2seq.out'); my $bl2seq_report = $factory->bl2seq($seq3, $seq4); # Use AlignIO.pm to create a SimpleAlign object from the bl2seq report $str = Bio::AlignIO->new(-file=> 'bl2seq.out',-format => 'bl2seq'); $aln = $str->next_aln();
For more examples of syntax and use of StandAloneBlast.pm, the user is encouraged to run the scripts standaloneblast.pl in the bioperl examples/tools directory and StandAloneBlast.t in the bioperl t/ directory.
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AUTHOR - Peter SchattnerEmail schattner at alum.mit.edu
MAINTAINER - Torsten SeemannEmail torsten at infotech.monash.edu.au
CONTRIBUTORSSendu Bala [email protected] (reimplementation)
APPENDIXThe rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _
Title : new Usage : my $obj = Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast->new(); Function: Builds a newBio::Tools::Run::StandAloneBlast object Returns : Bio::Tools::Run::StandAloneNCBIBlast or StandAloneWUBlast Args : -quiet => boolean # make program execution quiet -_READMETHOD => 'BLAST' (default, synonym 'SearchIO') || 'blast_pull' # the parsing method, case insensitive
Essentially all BLAST parameters can be set via StandAloneBlast.pm. Some of the most commonly used parameters are listed below. All parameters have defaults and are optional except for -p in those programs that have it. For a complete listing of settable parameters, run the relevant executable BLAST program with the option ``-'' as in blastall - Note that the input parameters (-i, -j, -input) should not be set directly by you: this module sets them when you call one of the executable methods.
-p Program Name [String] Input should be one of "blastp", "blastn", "blastx", "tblastn", or "tblastx". -d Database [String] default = nr The database specified must first be formatted with formatdb. Multiple database names (bracketed by quotations) will be accepted. An example would be -d "nr est" -e Expectation value (E) [Real] default = 10.0 -o BLAST report Output File [File Out] Optional, default = ./blastreport.out ; set by StandAloneBlast.pm -S Query strands to search against database (for blast[nx], and tblastx). 3 is both, 1 is top, 2 is bottom [Integer] default = 3
Blastpgp (including Psiblast)
-j is the maximum number of rounds (default 1; i.e., regular BLAST) -h is the e-value threshold for including sequences in the score matrix model (default 0.001) -c is the "constant" used in the pseudocount formula specified in the paper (default 10) -B Multiple alignment file for PSI-BLAST "jump start mode" Optional -Q Output File for PSI-BLAST Matrix in ASCII [File Out] Optional
-d Database [String] default = (none - you must specify a database) The database specified must first be formatted with formatdb. Multiple database names (bracketed by quotations) will be accepted. An example would be -d "Cog Smart" -e Expectation value (E) [Real] default = 10.0 -o BLAST report Output File [File Out] Optional, default = ./blastreport.out ; set by StandAloneBlast.pm
-p Program name: blastp, blastn, blastx. For blastx 1st argument should be nucleotide [String] default = blastp -o alignment output file [File Out] default = stdout -e Expectation value (E) [Real] default = 10.0 -S Query strands to search against database (blastn only). 3 is both, 1 is top, 2 is bottom [Integer] default = 3
-p Program Name [String] Input should be one of "wublastp", "wublastn", "wublastx", "wutblastn", or "wutblastx". -d Database [String] default = nr The database specified must first be formatted with xdformat. -E Expectation value (E) [Real] default = 10.0 -o BLAST report Output File [File Out] Optional, default = ./blastreport.out ; set by StandAloneBlast.pm
Title : executable Usage : my $exe = $blastfactory->executable('blastall'); Function: Finds the full path to the executable Returns : string representing the full path to the exe Args : [optional] name of executable to set path to [optional] boolean flag whether or not warn when exe is not found
Title : program_dir Usage : my $dir = $factory->program_dir(); Function: Abstract get method for dir of program. Returns : string representing program directory Args : none
Title : _setinput Usage : Internal function, not to be called directly Function: Create input file(s) for Blast executable Example : Returns : name of file containing Blast data input Args : Seq object reference or input file name
Title : no_param_checks Usage : $obj->no_param_checks($newval) Function: Boolean flag as to whether or not we should trust the sanity checks for parameter values Returns : value of no_param_checks Args : newvalue (optional)
Title : save_tempfiles Usage : $obj->save_tempfiles($newval) Function: Returns : value of save_tempfiles Args : newvalue (optional)
Title : outfile_name Usage : my $outfile = $tcoffee->outfile_name(); Function: Get/Set the name of the output file for this run (if you wanted to do something special) Returns : string Args : [optional] string to set value to
Title : tempdir Usage : my $tmpdir = $self->tempdir(); Function: Retrieve a temporary directory name (which is created) Returns : string which is the name of the temporary directory Args : none
Title : cleanup Usage : $tcoffee->cleanup(); Function: Will cleanup the tempdir directory after a PAML run Returns : none Args : none
Title : io Usage : $obj->io($newval) Function: Gets a Bio::Root::IO object Returns : Bio::Root::IO Args : none