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Phylogenetics, patterns of genetic variation and population dynamics of Trypanosoma terrestris support both coevolution and ecological host-fitting as processes driving trypanosome evolution

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Perez, Sergio D. [1, 2] ; Grummer, Jared A. [3, 4] ; Fernandes-Santos, Renata C. [5, 6, 7] ; Jose, Caroline Testa [5] ; Medici, Emilia Patricia [5, 6, 8] ; Marcili, Arlei [9]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Vet Med, Dept Prevent Vet Med & Anim Sci, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Tolima, Fac Ciencias, Dept Biol, Ibague - Colombia
[3] Univ British Columbia, Dept Zool, Vancouver, BC - Canada
[4] Univ British Columbia, Biodivers Res Ctr, Vancouver, BC - Canada
[5] Inst Ecol Res IPE, LTCI, Campo Grande - Brazil
[6] IUCN, SSC, TSG, Houston, TX - USA
[7] Brazilian Inst Conservat Med TRIADE, Campo Grande - Brazil
[8] IPE, ESCAS, Nazare Paulista - Brazil
[9] Univ Santo Amaro, Masters Program Med & Anim Welf, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 9
Document type: Journal article
Source: PARASITES & VECTORS; v. 12, n. 1 OCT 11 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Background A considerable amount of evidence has favored ecological host-fitting, rather than coevolution, as the main mechanism responsible for trypanosome divergence. Nevertheless, beyond the study of human pathogenic trypanosomes, the genetic basis of host specificity among trypanosomes isolated from forest-inhabiting hosts remains largely unknown. Methods To test possible scenarios on ecological host-fitting and coevolution, we combined a host capture recapture strategy with parasite genetic data and studied the genetic variation, population dynamics and phylogenetic relationships of Trypanosoma terrestris, a recently described trypanosome species isolated from lowland tapirs in the Brazilian Pantanal and Atlantic Forest biomes. Results We made inferences of T. terrestris population structure at three possible sources of genetic variation: geography, tapir hosts and `putative' vectors. We found evidence of a bottleneck affecting the contemporary patterns of parasite genetic structure, resulting in little genetic diversity and no evidence of genetic structure among hosts or biomes. Despite this, a strongly divergent haplotype was recorded at a microgeographical scale in the landscape of Nhecolandia in the Pantanal. However, although tapirs are promoting the dispersion of the parasites through the landscape, neither geographical barriers nor tapir hosts were involved in the isolation of this haplotype. Taken together, these findings suggest that either host-switching promoted by putative vectors or declining tapir population densities are influencing the current parasite population dynamics and genetic structure. Similarly, phylogenetic analyses revealed that T. terrestris is strongly linked to the evolutionary history of its perissodactyl hosts, suggesting a coevolving scenario between Perissodactyla and their trypanosomes. Additionally, T. terrestris and T. grayi are closely related, further indicating that host-switching is a common feature promoting trypanosome evolution. Conclusions This study provides two lines of evidence, both micro- and macroevolutionary, suggesting that both host-switching by ecological fitting and coevolution are two important and non-mutually-exclusive processes driving the evolution of trypanosomes. In line with other parasite systems, our results support that even in the face of host specialization and coevolution, host-switching may be common and is an important determinant of parasite diversification. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/25592-3 - Taxonomy and phylogeny of Trypanosoma species: description of a new species from wild animals
Grantee:Arlei Marcili
Support type: Regular Research Grants