Evolutionary Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae O1 following a Single-Source Introduction to Haiti
Katz, Lee S.
Antonova, Elena S.
Turnsek, Maryann A.
Paxinos, Ellen E.
Gladney, Lori M.
Folster, Jason P.
Freeman, Molly M.
Hammer, Brian K.
Van Domselaar, Gary
Tarr, Cheryl L.Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationKatz, L. S., A. Petkau, J. Beaulaurier, S. Tyler, E. S. Antonova, M. A. Turnsek, Y. Guo, et al. 2013. “Evolutionary Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae O1 following a Single-Source Introduction to Haiti.” mBio 4 (4): e00398-13. doi:10.1128/mBio.00398-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00398-13.
AbstractABSTRACT Prior to the epidemic that emerged in Haiti in October of 2010, cholera had not been documented in this country. After its introduction, a strain of Vibrio cholerae O1 spread rapidly throughout Haiti, where it caused over 600,000 cases of disease and >7,500 deaths in the first two years of the epidemic. We applied whole-genome sequencing to a temporal series of V. cholerae isolates from Haiti to gain insight into the mode and tempo of evolution in this isolated population of V. cholerae O1. Phylogenetic and Bayesian analyses supported the hypothesis that all isolates in the sample set diverged from a common ancestor within a time frame that is consistent with epidemiological observations. A pangenome analysis showed nearly homogeneous genomic content, with no evidence of gene acquisition among Haiti isolates. Nine nearly closed genomes assembled from continuous-long-read data showed evidence of genome rearrangements and supported the observation of no gene acquisition among isolates. Thus, intrinsic mutational processes can account for virtually all of the observed genetic polymorphism, with no demonstrable contribution from horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Consistent with this, the 12 Haiti isolates tested by laboratory HGT assays were severely impaired for transformation, although unlike previously characterized noncompetent V. cholerae isolates, each expressed hapR and possessed a functional quorum-sensing system. Continued monitoring of V. cholerae in Haiti will illuminate the processes influencing the origin and fate of genome variants, which will facilitate interpretation of genetic variation in future epidemics.
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