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Title: Genome surfing as driver of microbial genomic diversity

item CHOUDOIR, MALLORY - University Of Colorado
item Panke-Buisse, Kevin
item ANDAM, CHERYL - University Of New Hampshire
item BUCKLEY, DANIEL - Cornell University

Submitted to: Trends in Microbiology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/10/2017
Publication Date: 3/7/2017
Citation: Choudoir, M.J., Panke-Buisse, K., Andam, C., Buckley, D.H. 2017. Genome surfing as driver of microbial genomic diversity. Trends in Microbiology. 25(8):624-636.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Historical changes in population size, such as those caused by demographic range expansions, can produce nonadaptive changes in genomic diversity through mechanisms such as gene surfing. We propose that demographic range expansion of a microbial population capable of horizontal gene exchange can result in genome surfing, a mechanism that can cause a widespread increase in the pan-genome frequency of genes acquired by horizontal gene exchange. We explain that patterns of genetic diversity within Streptomyces are consistent with genome surfing, and we describe several predictions for testing this hypothesis, both in Streptomyces and in other microorganisms.