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Genomes in turmoil: quantification of genome dynamics in prokaryote supergenomes

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Genomes in turmoil: quantification of genome dynamics in prokaryote supergenomes
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BMC Biology, August 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12915-014-0066-4
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Pere Puigbò, Alexander E Lobkovsky, David M Kristensen, Yuri I Wolf, Eugene V Koonin


BackgroundGenomes of bacteria and archaea (collectively, prokaryotes) appear to exist in incessant flux, expanding via horizontal gene transfer (HGT) and gene duplication, and contracting via gene loss. However, the actual rates of genome dynamics and relative contributions of different types of events across the diversity of prokaryotes are largely unknown, as are the sizes of microbial supergenomes, i.e. pools of genes that are accessible to the given microbial species.ResultsWe performed a comprehensive analysis of the genome dynamics in 35 groups (34 bacterial and one archaeal) of closely related microbial genomes using a phylogenetic birth-and-death maximum likelihood model to quantify the rates of gene family gain and loss, as well as expansion and reduction. The results show that loss of gene families dominates the evolution of prokaryotes, occurring at approximately three times the rate of gain. The rates of gene family expansion and reduction are typically 7 and 20 times less than the gain and loss rates, respectively. Thus, the prevailing mode of evolution in bacteria and archaea is genome contraction that is partially compensated by the gain of new gene families via horizontal gene transfer. However, the rates of gene family gain, loss, expansion and reduction vary within wide ranges, with the most stable genomes showing rates about 25 times lower than the most dynamic genomes. For many groups, the supergenome estimated from the fraction of repetitive gene family gains includes about 10 fold more gene families than the typical genome in the group although some groups appear to have vast, ¿open¿ supergenomes.ConclusionsReconstruction of evolution in groups of closely related bacteria and archaea reveals extremely rapid and highly variable flux of genes in evolving microbial genomes, demonstrates that extensive gene loss and horizontal gene transfer leading to innovation are the two dominant evolutionary processes, and yields robust estimates of the supergenome size.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Netherlands 2 1%
Spain 2 1%
Australia 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 149 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 46 28%
Researcher 37 23%
Student > Master 15 9%
Student > Bachelor 12 7%
Student > Postgraduate 9 5%
Other 21 13%
Unknown 24 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 45%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 18%
Computer Science 7 4%
Immunology and Microbiology 7 4%
Environmental Science 5 3%
Other 12 7%
Unknown 31 19%

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