Oct 25, 2018

Fitness benefits of loss of heterozygosity in Saccharomyces hybrids

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Samuel M. LancasterMaitreya J Dunham


With two genomes in the same organism, interspecific hybrids have unique opportunities and costs. In both plants and yeasts, wild, pathogenic, and domesticated hybrids may eliminate portions of one parental genome, a phenomenon known as loss of heterozygosity (LOH). Laboratory evolution of hybrid yeast recapitulates these results, with LOH occurring in just a few hundred generations of propagation. In this study, we systematically looked for alleles that are beneficial when lost in order to determine how prevalent this mode of adaptation may be, and to determine candidate loci that might underlie the benefits of larger-scale chromosome rearrangements. These aims were accomplished by mating Saccharomyces uvarum with the S. cerevisiae deletion collection to create hybrids, such that each nonessential S. cerevisiae allele is deleted. Competitive fitness assays of these pooled, barcoded, hemizygous strains, and accompanying controls, revealed a large number of loci for which LOH is beneficial. We found that the fitness effects of hemizygosity are dependent on the species context, the selective environment, and the species origin of the deleted allele. Further, we found that hybrids have a larger distribution of fitness consequences...Continue Reading

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Laboratory Procedures
Pathogenic Organism
Gene Deletion Abnormality
Gene Deletion
Loss of Heterozygosity

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