Primate phageomes are structured by superhost phylogeny and environment
Jan F. Gogarten,
Malte Christoph Ruehlemann,
Elizabeth A. Archie,
Martha M. Robbins,
Roman M Wittig,
John F. Baines,
Fabian H Leendertz,
Posted 06 Apr 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.06.011684
Posted 06 Apr 2020
The evolutionary origins of human-associated bacteriophage communities are poorly understood. To address this question, we examined fecal phageomes of 23 wild non-human primate taxa, including multiple representatives of all the major primate radiations, and find relatives of the majority of human-associated phages. Primate taxa have distinct phageome compositions that exhibit a clear phylosymbiotic signal, and phage-superhost co-divergence is detected for 44 individual phages. Within species, neighboring social groups harbor evolutionarily and compositionally distinct phageomes, structured by superhost social behavior. However, captive non-human primate phageomes are more similar to humans than their wild counterparts, revealing replacement of wild-associated phages with human-associated ones. Together, our results suggest that potentially labile primate-phage associations persisted across millions of years of evolution, potentially facilitated by transmission between groupmates.
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