Escherichia coli - one of the most characterized bacteria and a major public health concern - remains invisible across the temporal landscape. Here, we present the meticulous reconstruction of the first ancient E. coli genome from a 16(th) century gallstone from an Italian mummy with chronic cholecystitis. We isolated ancient DNA and reconstructed the ancient E. coli genome. It consisted of one chromosome of 4446 genes and two putative plasmids with 52 genes. The E. coli strain belonged to the phylogroup A and an exceptionally rare sequence type 4995. The type VI secretion system component genes appears to be horizontally acquired from Klebsiella aerogenes, however we could not identify any pathovar specific genes nor any acquired antibiotic resistances. A sepsis mouse assay showed that a closely related contemporary E. coli strain was avirulent. Our reconstruction of this ancient E. coli helps paint a more complete picture of the burden of opportunistic infections of the past.Ancient DNA from an Italian mummy's gallstone provides insight into opportunistic E. coli infection.

A 16th century Escherichia coli draft genome associated with an opportunistic bile infection

Giuffra, Valentina
Investigation
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Fornaciari, Antonio
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Fornaciari, Gino
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2022

Abstract

Escherichia coli - one of the most characterized bacteria and a major public health concern - remains invisible across the temporal landscape. Here, we present the meticulous reconstruction of the first ancient E. coli genome from a 16(th) century gallstone from an Italian mummy with chronic cholecystitis. We isolated ancient DNA and reconstructed the ancient E. coli genome. It consisted of one chromosome of 4446 genes and two putative plasmids with 52 genes. The E. coli strain belonged to the phylogroup A and an exceptionally rare sequence type 4995. The type VI secretion system component genes appears to be horizontally acquired from Klebsiella aerogenes, however we could not identify any pathovar specific genes nor any acquired antibiotic resistances. A sepsis mouse assay showed that a closely related contemporary E. coli strain was avirulent. Our reconstruction of this ancient E. coli helps paint a more complete picture of the burden of opportunistic infections of the past.Ancient DNA from an Italian mummy's gallstone provides insight into opportunistic E. coli infection.
Long, George S; Klunk, Jennifer; Duggan, Ana T; Tapson, Madeline; Giuffra, Valentina; Gazzè, Lavinia; Fornaciari, Antonio; Duchene, Sebastian; Fornaciari, Gino; Clermont, Olivier; Denamur, Erick; Golding, G Brian; Poinar, Hendrik
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