Robust reconstruction of single-cell RNA-seq data with iterative gene weight updates

Yueqi Sheng*, Boaz Barak, Mor Nitzan*

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MOTIVATION: Single-cell RNA-sequencing technologies have greatly enhanced our understanding of heterogeneous cell populations and underlying regulatory processes. However, structural (spatial or temporal) relations between cells are lost during cell dissociation. These relations are crucial for identifying associated biological processes. Many existing tissue-reconstruction algorithms use prior information about subsets of genes that are informative with respect to the structure or process to be reconstructed. When such information is not available, and in the general case when the input genes code for multiple processes, including being susceptible to noise, biological reconstruction is often computationally challenging.

RESULTS: We propose an algorithm that iteratively identifies manifold-informative genes using existing reconstruction algorithms for single-cell RNA-seq data as subroutine. We show that our algorithm improves the quality of tissue reconstruction for diverse synthetic and real scRNA-seq data, including data from the mammalian intestinal epithelium and liver lobules.

AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: The code and data for benchmarking are available at

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)I423-I430
Issue numberSupplement-1
StatePublished - 30 Jun 2023

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