Adaptive evolution of complex innovations through stepwise metabolic niche expansion

Szappanos, Balázs and Fritzemeier, J. and Csörgő, Bálint and Lázár, Viktória and Lu, X. and Fekete, Gergely and Herczeg, Róbert and Nagy, István and Pál, Csaba and Papp, Balázs (2016) Adaptive evolution of complex innovations through stepwise metabolic niche expansion. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 7. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2041-1723


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A central challenge in evolutionary biology concerns the mechanisms by which complex metabolic innovations requiring multiple mutations arise. Here, we propose that metabolic innovations accessible through the addition of a single reaction serve as stepping stones towards the later establishment of complex metabolic features in another environment. We demonstrate the feasibility of this hypothesis through three complementary analyses. First, using genome-scale metabolic modelling, we show that complex metabolic innovations in Escherichia coli can arise via changing nutrient conditions. Second, using phylogenetic approaches, we demonstrate that the acquisition patterns of complex metabolic pathways during the evolutionary history of bacterial genomes support the hypothesis. Third, we show how adaptation of laboratory populations of E. coli to one carbon source facilitates the later adaptation to another carbon source. Our work demonstrates how complex innovations can evolve through series of adaptive steps without the need to invoke non-adaptive processes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 13:51

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