Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

Horizontal gene transfer as an indispensible driver for Neocallimastigomycota evolution into a distinct gut-dwelling fungal lineage: Entire supplementary document

  • Author(s): Murphy, Chelsea
  • Youssef, Noha
  • Hanafy, Radwa
  • Couger, MB
  • Stajich, Jason
  • Wang, Yan
  • Baker, Kristina
  • Dagar, Sumit
  • Griffith, Gareth
  • Farag, Ibrahim
  • Callaghan, TM
  • Elshahed, Mostafa
  • et al.

Published Web Location
No data is associated with this publication.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License

Survival and growth of the anaerobic gut fungi (AGF, Neocallimastigomycota) in the herbivorous gut necessitate the possession of multiple abilities absent in other fungal lineages. We hypothesized that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) was instrumental in forging the evolution of AGF into a phylogenetically distinct gut-dwelling fungal lineage. Patterns of HGT were evaluated in the transcriptomes of 27 AGF strains, 22 of which were isolated and sequenced in this study, and 4 AGF genomes broadly covering the breadth of AGF diversity. We identified 283 distinct incidents of HGT in AGF transcriptomes, with subsequent gene duplication resulting in an HGT frequency of 2.1-3.6% in AGF genomes. The majority of HGT events were AGF specific (91.5%) and wide (70.7%), indicating their occurrence at early stages of AGF evolution. The acquired genes allowed AGF to expand their substrate utilization range, provided new venues for electron disposal, augmented their biosynthetic capabilities, and facilitated their adaptation to anaerobiosis. The majority of donors were anaerobic fermentative bacteria prevalent in the herbivorous gut. This work strongly indicates that HGT indispensably forged the evolution of AGF as a distinct fungal phylum and provides a unique example of the role of HGT in shaping the evolution of a high rank taxonomic eukaryotic lineage.

Item not freely available? Link broken?
Report a problem accessing this item