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Comparative Genomic Analysis of 60 Mycobacteriophage Genomes: Genome Clustering, Gene Acquisition, and Gene Size

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Molecular Biology, March 2010
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Comparative Genomic Analysis of 60 Mycobacteriophage Genomes: Genome Clustering, Gene Acquisition, and Gene Size
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Journal of Molecular Biology, March 2010
DOI 10.1016/j.jmb.2010.01.011
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Graham F. Hatfull, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Jeffrey G. Lawrence, Welkin H. Pope, Daniel A. Russell, Ching-Chung Ko, Rebecca J. Weber, Manisha C. Patel, Katherine L. Germane, Robert H. Edgar, Natasha N. Hoyte, Charles A. Bowman, Anthony T. Tantoco, Elizabeth C. Paladin, Marlana S. Myers, Alexis L. Smith, Molly S. Grace, Thuy T. Pham, Matthew B. O'Brien, Amy M. Vogelsberger, Andrew J. Hryckowian, Jessica L. Wynalek, Helen Donis-Keller, Matt W. Bogel, Craig L. Peebles, Steven G. Cresawn, Roger W. Hendrix


Mycobacteriophages are viruses that infect mycobacterial hosts. Expansion of a collection of sequenced phage genomes to a total of 60-all infecting a common bacterial host-provides further insight into their diversity and evolution. Of the 60 phage genomes, 55 can be grouped into nine clusters according to their nucleotide sequence similarities, 5 of which can be further divided into subclusters; 5 genomes do not cluster with other phages. The sequence diversity between genomes within a cluster varies greatly; for example, the 6 genomes in Cluster D share more than 97.5% average nucleotide similarity with one another. In contrast, similarity between the 2 genomes in Cluster I is barely detectable by diagonal plot analysis. In total, 6858 predicted open-reading frames have been grouped into 1523 phamilies (phams) of related sequences, 46% of which possess only a single member. Only 18.8% of the phams have sequence similarity to non-mycobacteriophage database entries, and fewer than 10% of all phams can be assigned functions based on database searching or synteny. Genome clustering facilitates the identification of genes that are in greatest genetic flux and are more likely to have been exchanged horizontally in relatively recent evolutionary time. Although mycobacteriophage genes exhibit a smaller average size than genes of their host (205 residues compared with 315), phage genes in higher flux average only 100 amino acids, suggesting that the primary units of genetic exchange correspond to single protein domains.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Brazil 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
South Africa 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Turkey 1 <1%
Unknown 152 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 45 28%
Student > Bachelor 40 25%
Researcher 25 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 6%
Professor 8 5%
Other 25 15%
Unknown 10 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 92 57%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 32 20%
Immunology and Microbiology 7 4%
Environmental Science 5 3%
Computer Science 3 2%
Other 11 7%
Unknown 12 7%

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