Publication — IRIC
MhcVizPipe: A Quality Control Software for Rapid Assessment of Small- to Large-Scale Immunopeptidome Datasets.
MS-based immunopeptidomics is maturing into an automatized and high-throughput technology, producing small- to large-scale datasets of clinically relevant major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-associated and class II-associated peptides. Consequently, the development of quality control (QC) and quality assurance systems capable of detecting sample and/or measurement issues is important for instrument operators and scientists in charge of downstream data interpretation. Here, we created MhcVizPipe (MVP), a semiautomated QC software tool that enables rapid and simultaneous assessment of multiple MHC class I and II immunopeptidomic datasets generated by MS, including datasets generated from large sample cohorts. In essence, MVP provides a rapid and consolidated view of sample quality, composition, and MHC specificity to greatly accelerate the “pass-fail” QC decision-making process toward data interpretation. MVP parallelizes the use of well-established immunopeptidomic algorithms (NetMHCpan, NetMHCIIpan, and GibbsCluster) and rapidly generates organized and easy-to-understand reports in HTML format. The reports are fully portable and can be viewed on any computer with a modern web browser. MVP is intuitive to use and will find utility in any specialized immunopeptidomic laboratory and proteomics core facility that provides immunopeptidomic services to the community.