Reclassify my data with a custom database

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Jan 16, 2018, 6:18:24 PM1/16/18
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I received 16S sequence data from a sequencer provider who ran the raw sequences through their quality control, and provided me with the resulting files:

align.txt = UTAX classification alignments
tax.tsv = UTAX classification table
otu.fasta = final OTU centroid sequences (representative OTUs)
otu.fasta.obs = final OTU centroid observations per sample table
contam.otu.fasta = filtered contaminant centroid sequences
contam.otu.fasta.obs = filtered contaminant centroid obs table
unk.otu.fasta = unclassified OTU centroid sequences
unk.otu.fasta.obs = unclassified OTU obs table
log.txt = summary report
mapping.txt = QIIME mapping file
otu.tsv = OTU table of abundances, including taxonomy
otu.biom = OTU abundance+tax table in BIOM format
msa.fasta = multiple sequence alignment of final centroids
otu.tre = phylogenetic tree of final centroids
core_diversity_analyses/ = folder containing QIIME core diversity analyses output
*I have not been provided with the raw .fasta file containing all my OTUs, or the OTU map generated by  

My workflow is as follows:
#Reclassify: -i otu.fasta -r ROOT/SILVA_128_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_all/97/97_otus.fasta -t /ROOT/SILVA_128_QIIME_release/taxonomy/taxonomy_all/97/taxonomy_all_levels.txt

#Make a biom file with output from -i otu_map.tsv -t /ROOT/uclust_assigned_taxonomy/otu_tax_assignments.txt -o reclassified.biom

#convert biom to .tsv
biom convert -i reclassified.biom -o reclassified.txt --table-type "OTU table" --to-tsv --header-key taxonomy --output-metadata-id "ConsensusLineage"

I am able to successfully reclassify my otu.fasta file using SILVA, however, I have not been provided with the otu_map.tsv file required for I can't use the otu.tsv file my sequencer provided, as it contains the old taxonomic classifications, thus I need to generate a new OTU map file using However, I am uncertain how to do this as I am unsure if I can use the otu.fasta file as input for since it only contains the representative sequences for my data.

Thank you in advance for your help, please let me know if I can provide any more info.

Colin Brislawn

Jan 16, 2018, 9:41:45 PM1/16/18
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Good evening!

Thanks for posting to the Qiime 1 forums. Qiime 2 is being build right now and it's coming along nicely. You might find better support over there:

To answer your core question, yes, you are correct: you can't pick a new OTU table unless you have the full demultiplexed sequences. But your sequencing center should be able to provide them to you. With all your sequences, you can plug them into Qiime 1 (or Qiime 2) and make a new .biom table with new taxonomy. Both Qiime 1 and 2 provide tutorials on how do this this process. If you are starting now, it's a great time to learn Qiime 2.

Let me know if that helps answer your question.

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