Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases, March 2010, Vol.10(2), pp.304-10
The phylogeny and historical dispersal of Trichinella spp. have been studied, in part, by sequencing portions of the mitochondrial genome. Such studies rely on two untested beliefs: that variation in a portion is representative of the entire mitochondrial genome, and that each isolate is characterized by only one mitochondrial haplotype. We have used next generation DNA sequencing technology to obtain the complete mitochondrial genome sequence from a second isolate of T. spiralis. By aligning it to the only previously sequenced genome, we sought to establish whether the exceptionally deep sequencing coverage provided by such an approach could detect regions of the genome which had been misassembled, or nucleotide positions which may vary within an isolate. The new data broadly confirm the gene order and sequence assembly for protein-coding regions. However, in the repetitive non-coding region, alignment to the previously published genome sequence proved difficult. Such discrepancies may represent true biological variation, but may rather result from methodological or algorithmic sources. Within the 13,902bp protein-coding region, 7 polymorphisms were identified. Six of these polymorphisms occurred within protein-coding genes and three alter an amino acid sequence, one occurred in a tRNA-Ile sequence, and four were found to vary within our isolate. Thus, comparing only two isolates of T. spiralis has enabled the discovery of previously unrecognized variation within the species. Characterizing diversity within and among the mitochondrial genomes of additional species of Trichinella would undoubtedly yield further insights into the diversification history of the genus. Our study affirms that next generation DNA sequencing technology can reliably characterize a complete mitochondrial genome.
Genome, Helminth ; Genome, Mitochondrial ; Trichinella Spiralis -- Genetics
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