Modular networks and cumulative impact of lateral transfer in prokaryote genome evolution

Dagan, Tal, Artzy-Randrup, Y. and Martin, W. (2008) Modular networks and cumulative impact of lateral transfer in prokaryote genome evolution Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (29). pp. 10039-10044. DOI 10.1073/pnas.0800679105.

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Abstract

Lateral gene transfer is an important mechanism of natural variation among prokaryotes, but the significance of its quantitative contribution to genome evolution is debated. Here, we report networks that capture both vertical and lateral components of evolutionary history among 539,723 genes distributed across 181 sequenced prokaryotic genomes. Partitioning of these networks by an eigenspectrum analysis identifies community structure in prokaryotic gene-sharing networks, the modules of which do not correspond to a strictly hierarchical prokaryotic classification. Our results indicate that, on average, at least 81 ± 15% of the genes in each genome studied were involved in lateral gene transfer at some point in their history, even though they can be vertically inherited after acquisition, uncovering a substantial cumulative effect of lateral gene transfer on longer evolutionary time scales.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1073/pnas.0800679105
ISSN: 0027-8424
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 10:06
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/37149

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