Genome-wide SNP analysis reveals distinct origins of Trypanosoma evansi and Trypanosoma equiperdum

Bart Cuypers, Frederik Van den Broeck, Nick Van Reet, Conor J Meehan, Julien Cauchard, Jonathan M Wilkes, Filip Claes, Bruno Goddeeris, Hadush Birhanu, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Kris Laukens, Philippe Büscher, Stijn Deborggraeve

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Abstract

Trypanosomes cause a variety of diseases in man and domestic animals in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In the Trypanozoon subgenus, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense cause human African trypanosomiasis, while T. b. brucei, T. evansi and T. equiperdum are responsible for nagana, surra and dourine in domestic animals, respectively. The genetic relationships between T. evansi and T. equiperdum and other Trypanozoon species remain unclear because the majority of phylogenetic analyses have been based on only a few genes. In this study, we have conducted a phylogenetic analysis based on genome-wide SNP analysis comprising 56 genomes from the Trypanozoon subgenus. Our data reveal that T. equiperdum has emerged at least once in Eastern Africa and T. evansi at two independent occasions in Western Africa. The genomes within the T. equiperdum and T. evansi monophyletic clusters show extremely little variation, probably due to the clonal spread linked to the independence from tsetse flies for their transmission.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGenome Biology and Evolution
Volume9
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1990-1997
Number of pages8
ISSN1759-6653
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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