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evolutionary bottlenecks

Eugene Shpaer gene at JMULLINS.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Feb 11 20:02:58 EST 1993


I am studying the intra-patient evolution of HIV-1.  We PCR amplify and
sequence 8<several<16 viruses from the virus quasispecies in the subject at
several time points and look at how virus changes.

We find the following:

15 out of 15 isolates have Valine in position X and Phe in position Y.

TIME POINT 2 (6 months later):
10 out of 10 isolates have Val->Ile substitution in position X and Phe->Trp in
position Y.

What probably happened was that between the two time points Val->Ile & Phe->Trp
mutations occurred in one or several viruses and the progeny of these mutant
viruses comprise ~90% of the virus population in the patient by the time point
2. The important thing is that the total viral load (number of viruses in the
patient) was aproximately the same during the period of 6 months.

In other words, the viral population did not go through small total population
size, but only a few viruses from the population at time point 1 were destinned
to leave progeny by the sampling time 2.

So, the question:  can this be called "bottleneck" evolution?

Please respond directly to me at gene at jmullins.stanford.edu


Eugene Shpaer
Dept. Microbiology
Stanford Univ.,
CA 94305-5402  USA

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