V(D)J recombinations in lymphocytes are essential for immunological diversity. They are also useful markers of pathologies, and in leukemia, are used to quantify the minimal residual disease during patient follow-up. High-throughput sequencing (NGS/HTS) now enables the deep sequencing of a lymphoid population with dedicated sequencing methods and software, called either Rep-Seq or AIRR-Seq.
Vidjil is used in routine clinical practice in hospitals around the world, in particular for the diagnosis of patients suffering Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). More than 10,000 samples of ALL patients were analyzed with Vidjil since 2015. Vidjil is also used in 40+ studies on hemopathies (ALL, CLL, lymphomas, WM...) and immunology topics involving T-cell or B-cell repertoires. Vidjil was awarded an honourable mention at the 2022 Open Science Awards for Open Source Research Software, in the Community category.
Repertoire analysis. Vidjil analyses the entire B/T immune repertoire. The Genescan-like view, here colored by locus, gives a first approach of the diversity of the sample and allows to assess the mono/poly-clonality.
Clone tracking. Vidjil allows to compare several samples and to track clones along the time. This ALL patient has a relapse at day 308 on (minor) clones that were present at the diagnosis and that expanded troughout time.
CLL, productivity analysis. For CLL as well as immunological analyses, Vidjil estimates the productivity of each clone. It can also display information computed by IMGT/V-QUEST, such as on hypermutations.
Intra-run contamination. The comparison between several samples can be used to assess the inter-sample contamination, notably when there is a control sample.
Spikes. Vidjil offer several normalization options, for example where there is a control spike with known abundance.
At the heart of the Vidjil platform, Vidjil-algo processes high-througput sequencing data to extract V(D)J junctions and gather them into clones. Vidjil-algo starts from a set of reads and detects “windows” overlapping the actual CDR3. It detects gene rearrangements from both immunoglobulins and T-cell receptors, as well as some incomplete or uncommon rearrangements. The analysis is based on a reliable seed-based algorithm. It is extremely fast because, in the first phase, no alignment is performed with database germline sequences. The algorithm works on reads coming from either amplicon-based or capture-based deep sequencing strategy, as soon as they include CDR3 sequences. Both human and mouse immune systems can be analyzed.
The Vijdil web application is made for the visualization, inspection and analysis of clones and their tracking along the time in a MRD setup or in a immunological study. The application can visualize data processed by the Vidjil algorithm or by other V(D)J analysis pipelines. It enables to explore further clusterings proposed by the software and/or done manually done by the user.
The web application can be linked to a patient/experiment and sample database. After authentication, the clinicians or researchers upload .fasta/.fastq/.gz files, manage and process their runs directly from the web application. They can save their analysis and generate reports for the patient record. The server with the sample database can be installed in any hospital or computer center. A public web server is also available since October 2014. More than 20 labs in Europe and in the world regularly use Vidjil through the web application. In 18 months, the public server analyzed more than 5,000,000 sequences from 5,000 AIRR/RepSeq samples.
Strong attention to community, users, and stability. High-quality development process, with systemating testing and continous integration.
All the code of Vidjil is available under open-source licenses (GPLv3, as well as some other free licences for some third-parties librairies). We also offer extended support as well as custom development for various types of projects. Please contact us if you are interested.
Vidjil is developed by a passionate team with fast response, from the VidjilNet consortium and the Bonsai bioinformatics team of the CRIStAL (CNRS, U. Lille) and Inria Lille research centers, in Lille, France. This work is in collaboration with the department of Hematology of CHRU Lille, the Functional and Structural Genomic Platform (U. Lille 2, IFR-114, IRCL), and the EuroClonality-NGS working group, and is supported by SIRIC ONCOLille (Grant INCa-DGOS-Inserm 6041), Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais (ABILES), Université Lille (the scientific computing service, Mésocentre de Lille for hosting our servers, as well as the former PPF bioinformatique), and Inria Lille. The methods were presented at the JOBIM 2013 and ASH 2014 conferences, and are described in the following papers:
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