Firalink: A bioinformatics pipeline for long non-coding RNA data analysis

Louis Chauviere, Lucien Hoffbeck, Muhammad Shoaib, Florent Tessier, Huseyin Firat, Venkata Satagopam, Yvan Devaux*, COVIRNA consortium

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Firalink bioinformatics pipeline has been developed to analyse long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) data generated by targeted sequencing. This pipeline has been first implemented for use with the FIMICS panel containing 2906 lncRNAs useful for investigations in cardiovascular disease. It has been subsequently tested and validated using a panel of lncRNAs targeting brain disease. The pipeline can be adapted to other targeted sequencing panels or other transcriptomics data (e.g. whole transcriptome) through a change of the reference genome/panel. Therefore, Firalink can be applied to different lncRNA panels and transcriptomics data targeting multiple diseases. Availability and implementation: The Firalink pipeline works on Linux and is freely available to non-commercial users at Access will be granted after contacting The pipeline is implemented with the Nextflow workflow manager using Python and R scripts. It will remain available for at least two years following publication and will be regularly updated and upgraded. Supplementary information: For an example of the application of the Firalink pipeline using the FIMICS panel, see

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-604
Number of pages3
JournalNon-coding RNA Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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