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REVEL Pathogenicity Score for single-base coding mutations (zoom for exact score)   (All Phenotype and Literature tracks)

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Source data version: Version 1, Feb 5th 2020

Description

This track collection shows Rare Exome Variant Ensemble Learner (REVEL) scores for predicting the deleteriousness of each nucleotide change in the genome.

REVEL is an ensemble method for predicting the pathogenicity of missense variants based on a combination of scores from 13 individual tools: MutPred, FATHMM v2.3, VEST 3.0, PolyPhen-2, SIFT, PROVEAN, MutationAssessor, MutationTaster, LRT, GERP++, SiPhy, phyloP, and phastCons. REVEL was trained using recently discovered pathogenic and rare neutral missense variants, excluding those previously used to train its constituent tools. The REVEL score for an individual missense variant can range from 0 to 1, with higher scores reflecting greater likelihood that the variant is disease-causing.

Most authors of deleteriousness scores argue against using fixed cutoffs in diagnostics. But to give an idea of the meaning of the score value, the REVEL authors note: "For example, 75.4% of disease mutations but only 10.9% of neutral variants (and 12.4% of all ESVs) have a REVEL score above 0.5, corresponding to a sensitivity of 0.754 and specificity of 0.891. Selecting a more stringent REVEL score threshold of 0.75 would result in higher specificity but lower sensitivity, with 52.1% of disease mutations, 3.3% of neutral variants, and 4.1% of all ESVs being classified as pathogenic". (Figure S1 of the reference below)

Display Conventions and Configuration

There are five subtracks for this track:

  • Four lettered subtracks, one for every nucleotide, showing scores for mutation from the reference to that nucleotide. All subtracks show the REVEL ensemble score on mouseover. Across the exome, there are three values per position, one for every possible nucleotide mutation. The fourth value, "no mutation", representing the reference allele, e.g. A to A, is always set to zero, "0.0". REVEL only takes into account amino acid changes, so a nucleotide change that results in no amino acid change (synonymous) also receives the score "0.0".

    In rare cases, two scores are output for the same variant at a genome position. This happens when there are two transcripts with different splicing patterns and since some input scores for REVEL take into account the sequence context, the same mutation can get two different scores. In these cases, only the maximum score is shown in the four per-nucleotide subtracks. The complete set of scores are shown in the Overlaps track.

  • One subtrack, Overlaps, shows alternate REVEL scores when applicable. In rare cases (0.05% of genome positions), multiple scores exist with a single variant, due to multiple, overlapping transcripts. For example, if there are two transcripts and one covers only half of an exon, then the amino acids that overlap both transcripts will get two different REVEL scores, since some of the underlying scores (polyPhen for example) take into account the amino acid sequence context and this context is different depending on the transcript. For these cases, this subtrack contains at least two graphical features, for each affected genome position. Each feature is labeled with the mutation (A, C, T or G). The transcript IDs and resulting score is shown when hovering over the feature or clicking it. For the large majority of the genome, this subtrack has no features. This is because REVEL usually outputs only a single score per nucleotide and most transcript-derived amino acid sequence contexts are identical.

    Note that in most diagnostic assays, variants are called using WGS pipelines, not RNA-seq. As a result, variants are originally located on the genome, not on transcripts, and the choice of transcript is made by a variant calling software using a heuristic. In addition, clinically, in the field, some transcripts have been agreed-on as more relevant for a disease, e.g. because only certain transcripts may be expressed in the relevant tissue. So the choice of the most relevant transcript, and as such the REVEL score, may be a question of manual curation standards rather than a result of the variant itself.

When using this track, zoom in until you can see every basepair at the top of the display. Otherwise, there are several nucleotides per pixel under your mouse cursor and no score will be shown on the mouseover tooltip.

For hg38, note that the data was converted from the hg19 data using the UCSC liftOver program, by the REVEL authors. This can lead to missing values or duplicated values. When a hg38 position is annotated with two scores due to the lifting, the authors removed all the scores for this position. They did the same when the reference allele has changed from hg19 to hg38. Also, on hg38, the track has the "lifted" icon to indicate this. You can double-check if a nucleotide position is possibly affected by the lifting procedure by activating the track "Hg19 Mapping" under "Mapping and Sequencing".

Data access

REVEL scores are available at the REVEL website. The site provides precomputed REVEL scores for all possible human missense variants to facilitate the identification of pathogenic variants among the large number of rare variants discovered in sequencing studies.

The REVEL data on the UCSC Genome Browser can be explored interactively with the Table Browser or the Data Integrator. For automated download and analysis, the genome annotation is stored at UCSC in bigWig files that can be downloaded from our download server. The files for this track are called a.bw, c.bw, g.bw, t.bw. Individual regions or the whole genome annotation can be obtained using our tool bigWigToWig which can be compiled from the source code or downloaded as a precompiled binary for your system. Instructions for downloading source code and binaries can be found here. The tools can also be used to obtain features confined to given range, e.g.
 
bigWigToBedGraph -chrom=chr1 -start=100000 -end=100500 http://hgdownload.soe.ucsc.edu/gbdb/hg19/revel/a.bw stdout

Methods

Data were converted from the files provided on the REVEL Downloads website. As with all other tracks, a full log of all commands used for the conversion is available in our source repository, for hg19 and hg38. The release used for each assembly is shown on the track description page.

Credits

Thanks to the REVEL development team for providing precomputed data and fixing duplicated values in the hg38 files.

References

Ioannidis NM, Rothstein JH, Pejaver V, Middha S, McDonnell SK, Baheti S, Musolf A, Li Q, Holzinger E, Karyadi D, et al. REVEL: An Ensemble Method for Predicting the Pathogenicity of Rare Missense Variants Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Oct 6;99(4):877-885. PMID: 27666373; PMC: PMC5065685