High-resolution dynamics of bacterial lineage diversity during adaptation to weak antibiotic pressure

High-resolution dynamics of bacterial lineage diversity during adaptation to weak antibiotic pressure

  • Datum: 23.02.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Dr. Michael Manhart, ETH Zurich
  • https://usys.ethz.ch/en/people/profile.MjU0MTQx.TGlzdC82MzcsMzIwMTk3MjIy.html
  • Ort: virtuelle Plattform
  • Gastgeber: Paul Rainey/ Loukas Theodosiou
High-resolution dynamics of bacterial lineage diversity during adaptation to weak antibiotic pressure

Evolutionary dynamics in large asexual populations is strongly influenced by multiple competing beneficial lineages, most of which segregate at very low frequencies. However, technical barriers to tracking a large number of these rare lineages in bacterial populations have so far prevented a detailed elucidation of evolutionary dynamics. Here, we overcome this hurdle by developing a chromosomal-barcoding technique that allows simultaneous tracking of approximately 450,000 distinct lineages in Escherichia coli, which we use to test the effect of sub-inhibitory concentrations of common antibiotics on the evolutionary dynamics of low-frequency lineages. We find that populations lose lineage diversity at distinct rates that correspond to their antibiotic regimen. We also determine that some lineages have similar fates across independent experiments. By analyzing the trajectory dynamics, we attribute the reproducible fates of these lineages to the presence of pre-existing beneficial mutations, and we demonstrate how the relative contribution of pre-existing and de novo mutations varies across drug regimens. Finally, we reproduce the observed lineage dynamics by simulations. Altogether, our results provide a valuable methodology for studying bacterial evolution as well as insights into evolution under sub-inhibitory antibiotic levels.

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