Summary

In the era where transcriptome profiling moves toward single-cell and spatial resolutions, the traditional co-expression analysis lacks the power to fully utilize such rich information to unravel spatial gene associations. Here, we present a Python package called Spatial Enrichment Analysis of Gene Associations using L-index (SEAGAL) to detect and visualize spatial gene correlations at both single-gene and gene-set levels. Our package takes spatial transcriptomics datasets with gene expression and the aligned spatial coordinates as input. It allows for analyzing and visualizing genes’ spatial correlations and cell types’ colocalization within the precise spatial context. The output could be visualized as volcano plots and heatmaps with a few lines of code, thus providing an easy-yet-comprehensive tool for mining spatial gene associations.

Availability and implementation

The Python package SEAGAL can be installed using pip: https://pypi.org/project/seagal/. The source code and step-by-step tutorials are available at: https://github.com/linhuawang/SEAGAL.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.