Interaction networks, ecological stability, and collective antibiotic tolerance in polymicrobial infections

M. De Vos, M.P. Zagórski, A. Mcnally, M.T. Bollenbach, PNAS 114 (2017) 10666–10671.


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Abstract
Polymicrobial infections constitute small ecosystems that accommodate several bacterial species. Commonly, these bacteria are investigated in isolation. However, it is unknown to what extent the isolates interact and whether their interactions alter bacterial growth and ecosystem resilience in the presence and absence of antibiotics. We quantified the complete ecological interaction network for 72 bacterial isolates collected from 23 individuals diagnosed with polymicrobial urinary tract infections and found that most interactions cluster based on evolutionary relatedness. Statistical network analysis revealed that competitive and cooperative reciprocal interactions are enriched in the global network, while cooperative interactions are depleted in the individual host community networks. A population dynamics model parameterized by our measurements suggests that interactions restrict community stability, explaining the observed species diversity of these communities. We further show that the clinical isolates frequently protect each other from clinically relevant antibiotics. Together, these results highlight that ecological interactions are crucial for the growth and survival of bacteria in polymicrobial infection communities and affect their assembly and resilience.
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Date Published
2017-10-03
Journal Title
PNAS
Volume
114
Issue
40
Page
10666 - 10671
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IST-REx-ID

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De Vos M, Zagórski MP, Mcnally A, Bollenbach MT. Interaction networks, ecological stability, and collective antibiotic tolerance in polymicrobial infections. PNAS. 2017;114(40):10666-10671. doi:10.1073/pnas.1713372114
De Vos, M., Zagórski, M. P., Mcnally, A., & Bollenbach, M. T. (2017). Interaction networks, ecological stability, and collective antibiotic tolerance in polymicrobial infections. PNAS, 114(40), 10666–10671. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1713372114
De Vos, Marjon, Marcin P Zagórski, Alan Mcnally, and Mark Tobias Bollenbach. “Interaction Networks, Ecological Stability, and Collective Antibiotic Tolerance in Polymicrobial Infections.” PNAS 114, no. 40 (2017): 10666–71. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1713372114.
M. De Vos, M. P. Zagórski, A. Mcnally, and M. T. Bollenbach, “Interaction networks, ecological stability, and collective antibiotic tolerance in polymicrobial infections,” PNAS, vol. 114, no. 40, pp. 10666–10671, 2017.
De Vos M, Zagórski MP, Mcnally A, Bollenbach MT. 2017. Interaction networks, ecological stability, and collective antibiotic tolerance in polymicrobial infections. PNAS. 114(40), 10666–10671.
De Vos, Marjon, et al. “Interaction Networks, Ecological Stability, and Collective Antibiotic Tolerance in Polymicrobial Infections.” PNAS, vol. 114, no. 40, National Academy of Sciences, 2017, pp. 10666–71, doi:10.1073/pnas.1713372114.

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