Evolutionary relationships of wild hominids recapitulated by gut microbial communities

Ochman, Howard, Worobey, Michael, Kuo, Chih-Horng, Ndjango, Jean-Bosco N., Peeters, Jean-Bosco N., Hahn, Beatrice H. and Hugenholtz, Philip (2010) Evolutionary relationships of wild hominids recapitulated by gut microbial communities. PLoS Biology, 8 11 Article number e1000546: . doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000546

Author Ochman, Howard
Worobey, Michael
Kuo, Chih-Horng
Ndjango, Jean-Bosco N.
Peeters, Jean-Bosco N.
Hahn, Beatrice H.
Hugenholtz, Philip
Title Evolutionary relationships of wild hominids recapitulated by gut microbial communities
Journal name PLoS Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1544-9173
Publication date 2010-11-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000546
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 11 Article number e1000546
Total pages 8
Place of publication United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Multiple factors over the lifetime of an individual, including diet, geography, and physiologic state, will influence the microbial communities within the primate gut. To determine the source of variation in the composition of the microbiota within and among species, we investigated the distal gut microbial communities harbored by great apes, as present in fecal samples recovered within their native ranges. We found that the branching order of host-species phylogenies based on the composition of these microbial communities is completely congruent with the known relationships of the hosts. Although the gut is initially and continuously seeded by bacteria that are acquired from external sources, we establish that over evolutionary timescales, the composition of the gut microbiota among great ape species is phylogenetically conserved and has diverged in a manner consistent with vertical inheritance. © 2010 Ochman et al.
Keyword Animals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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