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Title: Comparative genome analysis of fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare reveals extensive sequence diversity within the species
Authors: Pattanapon Kayansamruaj
Ha Thanh Dong
Ikuo Hirono
Hidehiro Kondo
Saengchan Senapin
Channarong Rodkhum
Chulalongkorn University
Kasetsart University
King Mongkut s University of Technology Thonburi
National University Corporation Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Mahidol University
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Immunology and Microbiology
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2017
Citation: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. Vol.54, (2017), 7-17
Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. Flavobacterium columnare is one of the deadliest fish pathogens causing devastating mortality in various freshwater fish species globally. To gain an insight into bacterial genomic contents and structures, comparative genome analyses were performed using the reference and newly sequenced genomes of F. columnare including genomovar I, II and I/II strains isolated from Thailand, Europe and the USA. Bacterial genomes varied in size from 3.09 to 3.39 Mb (2714 to 3101 CDSs). The pan-genome analysis revealed open pan-genome nature of F. columnare strains, which possessed at least 4953 genes and tended to increase progressively with the addition of a new genome. Genomic islands (GIs) present in bacterial genomes were diverse, in which 65% (39 out of 60) of possible GIs were strain-specific. A CRISPR/cas investigation indicated at least two different CRISPR systems with varied spacer profiles. On the other hand, putative virulence genes, including those related to gliding motility, type IX secretion system (T9SS), outer membrane proteins (Omp), were equally distributed among F. columnare strains. The MLSA scheme categorized bacterial strains into nine different sequence types (ST 9–17). Phylogenetic analyses based on either 16S rRNA, MLSA and concatenated SNPs of core genome revealed the diversity of F. columnare strains. DNA homology analysis indicated that the estimated digital DNA-DNA hybridization (dDDH) between strains of genomovar I and II can be as low as 42.6%, while the three uniquely tilapia-originated strains from Thailand (1214, NK01 and 1215) were clearly dissimilar to other F. columnare strains as the dDDH values were only 27.7–30.4%. Collectively, this extensive diversity among bacterial strains suggested that species designation of F. columnare would potentially require re-emendation.
ISSN: 15677257
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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