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A reference panel of dengue vector genomes

Dengue prevention relies primarily on controlling populations of the main mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, which is failing in many parts of the world because of the lack of sustained commitment of resources and ineffective implementation. Novel entomological approaches to dengue control are being developed that aim at replacing or suppressing mosquito vector populations. Insufficient genomic resources for Ae. aegypti, however, have until now impeded progress in both basic and applied research on this medically important mosquito species. The only available reference genome for Ae. aegypti is a draft that consists of over 4,800 unassembled fragments with incomplete annotation. Moreover, the inbred Ae. aegypti laboratory strain that was sequenced does not universally represent the considerable genetic and ecological diversity of the species worldwide. The large size of the genome and its high content in repeat-rich sequences of transposable elements was a major difficulty to assemble the Ae. aegypti genome sequence. In the present project, we aim to overcome this difficulty using a novel strategy for genome sequencing and assembly. The ultimate goal is to produce several, fully assembled, well-annotated, new Ae. aegypti reference genomes from epidemiologically relevant populations. The expected outcome is a genome reference panel including a catalog of species-wide genetic variation that will significantly improve genomic resources for Ae. aegypti research and help address a broad range of biological questions related to Ae. aegypti vectorial capacity and dengue virus transmission.

Project status : Closed

Relationships between ESBL-producing Escherichia coli from food and healthy mothers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) genes encode resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins and can be horizontally transferred among Enterobacteriaceae. More than 60% of healthy humans living in southeast Asia are faecal carriers of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE), compared to <10% in Western Europe, suggesting diverse exposure routes. In Cambodia, meat and fish consumption is high and food safety is poorly enforced. Thus, we hypothesized that meat and fish could be a source of exposure to ESBL-PE. From Sept-Nov 2016, we conducted a meat sampling study in Phnom Penh in collaboration with the BIRDY program (, an ongoing study of neonatal health in low-income countries. We evaluated ESBL-PE contamination among pork, fish, and chicken from two markets and collected survey data from BIRDY mothers. We performed whole genome sequencing on 87 ESBL-producing E. coli recovered from meat and fish and from 91 BIRDY mothers who provided faecal swabs less than one year prior. Now, we will conduct a two-step exploratory analysis of these WGS data:

  • First, we will estimate the pairwise evolutionary distance between E. coli isolates, in order to infer a phylogenetic tree. We will use this tree to investigate such epidemiological questions as “Do E. coli sequences from women who reported eating poultry 3+ times/week cluster more closely with E. coli recovered from poultry samples, compared to women who reported never eating poultry?” This phylogenetic tree may be re-constructed using a finer resolution, as needed.
  • Second, we will annotate all E. coli genomes in order to identify genomic islands related to antibiotic resistance. We will subsequently use logistic regression to model associations between BIRDY mothers’ reported dietary patterns (i.e. exposure) and the presence or absence of these genomic islands among the ESBL-E. coli they were colonized with (i.e., outcome).

Project status : Closed

Identification of the mouse and/or rat orthologues of the human gene ANOS1, responsible for the X-chromosome-linked form of Kallmann syndrome

Project status : In Progress