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Phylosymbiosis: Relationships and Functional Effects of Microbial Communities across Host Evolutionary History

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      Phylosymbiosis was recently proposed to describe the eco-evolutionary pattern, whereby the ecological relatedness of host-associated microbial communities parallels the phylogeny of related host species. Here, we test the prevalence of phylosymbiosis and its functional significance under highly controlled conditions by characterizing the microbiota of 24 animal species from four different groups ( Peromyscus deer mice, Drosophila flies, mosquitoes, and Nasonia wasps), and we reevaluate the phylosymbiotic relationships of seven species of wild hominids. We demonstrate three key findings. First, intraspecific microbiota variation is consistently less than interspecific microbiota variation, and microbiota-based models predict host species origin with high accuracy across the dataset. Interestingly, the age of host clade divergence positively associates with the degree of microbial community distinguishability between species within the host clades, spanning recent host speciation events (~1 million y ago) to more distantly related host genera (~108 million y ago). Second, topological congruence analyses of each group's complete phylogeny and microbiota dendrogram reveal significant degrees of phylosymbiosis, irrespective of host clade age or taxonomy. Third, consistent with selection on host–microbiota interactions driving phylosymbiosis, there are survival and performance reductions when interspecific microbiota transplants are conducted between closely related and divergent host species pairs. Overall, these findings indicate that the composition and functional effects of an animal's microbial community can be closely allied with host evolution, even across wide-ranging timescales and diverse animal systems reared under controlled conditions.

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      Studies on the assembly and function of host-microbiota symbioses are inherently complicated by the diverse effects of diet, age, sex, host genetics, and endosymbionts. Central to unraveling one effect from the other is an experimental framework that reduces confounders. Using common rearing conditions across four animal groups (deer mice, flies, mosquitoes, and wasps) that span recent host speciation events to more distantly related host genera, this study tests whether microbial community assembly is generally random with respect to host relatedness or "phylosymbiotic," in which the phylogeny of the host group is congruent with ecological relationships of their microbial communities. Across all four animal groups and one external dataset of great apes, we apply several statistics for analyzing congruencies and demonstrate phylosymbiosis to varying degrees in each group. Moreover, consistent with selection on host–microbiota interactions driving phylosymbiosis, transplanting interspecific microbial communities in mice significantly decreased their ability to digest food. Similarly, wasps that received transplants of microbial communities from different wasp species had lower survival than those given their own microbiota. Overall, this experimental and statistical framework shows how microbial community assembly and functionality across related species can be linked to animal evolution, health, and survival.

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            Affiliations
            [1 ]Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
            [2 ]Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
            [3 ]The Rowland Institute at Harvard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
            [4 ]Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
            Stanford University School of Medicine, United States of America
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            The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

            ‡ These authors share first authorship on this work.

            Contributors
            Role: Conceptualization, Role: Data curation, Role: Formal analysis, Role: Investigation, Role: Methodology, Role: Software, Role: Validation, Role: Visualization, Role: Writing – original draft, Role: Writing – review & editing
            Role: Conceptualization, Role: Formal analysis, Role: Funding acquisition, Role: Investigation, Role: Methodology, Role: Visualization, Role: Writing – original draft, Role: Writing – review & editing
            Role: Conceptualization, Role: Data curation, Role: Formal analysis, Role: Funding acquisition, Role: Investigation, Role: Methodology, Role: Project administration, Role: Resources, Role: Software, Role: Supervision, Role: Validation, Role: Visualization, Role: Writing – original draft, Role: Writing – review & editing
            Role: Conceptualization, Role: Formal analysis, Role: Investigation, Role: Methodology, Role: Validation, Role: Visualization, Role: Writing – review & editing
            Role: Conceptualization, Role: Funding acquisition, Role: Investigation, Role: Methodology, Role: Project administration, Role: Resources, Role: Software, Role: Supervision, Role: Validation, Role: Visualization, Role: Writing – review & editing
            Role: Academic Editor
            Journal
            PLoS Biol
            PLoS Biol
            plos
            plosbiol
            PLoS Biology
            Public Library of Science (San Francisco, CA USA )
            1544-9173
            1545-7885
            18 November 2016
            November 2016
            18 November 2016
            : 14
            : 11
            27861590
            5115861
            10.1371/journal.pbio.2000225
            pbio.2000225
            (Academic Editor)
            © 2016 Brooks et al

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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            Rowland Institute at Harvard University Junior Fellowship to RMB. National Science Foundation—Division of Integrative Organismal Systems https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623 (grant number 1456778). Received by SRB. National Science Foundation—Division of Biological Infrastructure http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DBI (grant number 1400456). Received by KDK. National Institute of Health—Predoctoral Training Grant https://researchtraining.nih.gov (grant number 5T32GM080178). Received by AWB. National Science Foundation—Division of Environmental Biology http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DEB (grant number 1046149). Received by SRB. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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            All sequencing and mapping files are available from the Dryad database repository: doi: 10.5061/dryad.n3v49. A GitHub repository contains custom analysis scripts and all of the necessary data for figure reconstruction (including BIOM Tables and Mapping files) for each clade are also publicly available: https://github.com/awbrooks19/phylosymbiosis.

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