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posted on 2023-01-12, 16:30 authored by M Guellil, L van Dorp, SA Inskip, JM Dittmar, L Saag, K Tambets, R Hui, A Rose, E D’Atanasio, A Kriiska, L Varul, AMHC Koekkelkoren, RD Goldina, C Cessford, A Solnik, M Metspalu, J Krause, A Herbig, JE Robb, CJ Houldcroft, CL Scheib
Human herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), a life-long infection spread by oral contact, infects a majority of adults globally. Phylogeographic clustering of sampled diversity into European, pan-Eurasian, and African groups has suggested the virus codiverged with human migrations out of Africa, although a much younger origin has also been proposed. We present three full ancient European HSV-1 genomes and one partial genome, dating from the 3rd to 17th century CE, sequenced to up to 9.5× with paired human genomes up to 10.16×. Considering a dataset of modern and ancient genomes, we apply phylogenetic methods to estimate the age of sampled modern Eurasian HSV-1 diversity to 4.68 (3.87 to 5.65) ka. Extrapolation of estimated rates to a global dataset points to the age of extant sampled HSV-1 as 5.29 (4.60 to 6.12) ka, suggesting HSV-1 lineage replacement coinciding with the late Neolithic period and following Bronze Age migrations.

Funding

Wellcome Trust (award no. 2000368/Z/15/Z) and St. John’s College, Cambridge (J.E.R., S.A.I., C.C., A.R., and C.L.S.); The Max Planck Society (J.K. and A.H.); the Estonian Research Council grant PUT (PRG243) (L.S., A.S., M.M., and C.L.S) and PUT (PRG1027) (K.T., L.S., M.G., and A.K.); the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (project no. 2014-2020.4.01.16-0030) (C.L.S., M.G., and M.M.); the European Regional Development Fund (project no. 2014-2020.4.01.15-0012) (M.M.); and the ERC Synergy Grant HistoGenes (no. 856453) (A.H.). L.v.D is supported by a UCL Excellence Fellowship. C.J.H. acknowledges support from the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Antimicrobial Resistance theme. A.R. acknowledges support from the British Archaeological Association.

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Citation

Guellil, M., van Dorp, L., Inskip, S. A., Dittmar, J. M., Saag, L., Tambets, K., ... & Scheib, C. L. (2022). Ancient herpes simplex 1 genomes reveal recent viral structure in Eurasia. Science Advances, 8(30), eabo4435.

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Science Advances

Volume

8

Issue

30

Pagination

eabo4435

Publisher

AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE

issn

2375-2548

eissn

2375-2548

Acceptance date

2022-06-10

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2023-01-12

Language

English