We have provided a counterexample for the analogous claim for three loci. For four-locus systems, a rank order is compatible with additive fitness unless there are rectangular perturbations. However, counterexamples exist for five loci Maclagan, ; Kraft et al. In general, only a very small proportion of all rank orders are compatible with additive fitness, and the theoretical understanding for the property is limited.
As a proof of principle, we applied rectangular perturbations to empirical studies on antimalarial drug resistance Ogbunugafor and Hartl, and on bacteria adapting to a methanol environment Chou et al. Rectangular perturbations have the capacity to detect epistasis when conventional rank-order-based methods cannot.
The perturbations capture evolutionary important properties beyond local aspects. A complete analysis of rectangular perturbations requires an investigation of a large number of expressions of the order 6 n. Often, it is meaningful to consider selected perturbations, depending on the context. In general, rank orders are quite informative about gene interactions, and also regarding evolutionary potential in a qualitative sense provided one assumes the Strong Selection Weak Mutation regime Gillespie, If the available information from an empirical study is a rank order, for instance from a competition experiment, then it is obviously useful to have methods for interpreting rank orders further motivations are discussed in Crona et al.
However, rank-orders methods have obvious limitations. Rank orders are insufficient for determining the effect of genetic recombination de Visser et al. Evolutionary predictability is sensitive for population parameters, and the importance of accessible mutational trajectories is not universal de Visser and Krug, ; Krug, It would be interesting to determine the extent to which rectangular perturbations are helpful for relating local and global properties of fitness landscapes, similar to results on sign epistasis Weinreich et al.
Algorithms and exact formulas for potential perturbations are provided in the 'Materials and methods'. In order to connect to general theory, we need some concepts. Circuits are defined as the minimal dependence relations , in the sense that each proper subset of the vectors with non-zero coefficients are linearly independent. Note that all circuits are zero if fitness is additive. In that sense, circuits measure epistasis. An analysis of all circuits provides very complete information on gene interactions Beerenwinkel et al.
To count rectangular perturbations, one needs to find all rectangles with vertices in an n -cube. The proof depends on Stirling numbers of the second kind. We refer to Grimaldi for more background. Theorem 1. The total number of potential rectangular perturbations for an n -locus system is. Moreover, the number of rectangular perturbations of size k exactly k loci are replaced equals. Lemma 1. The first formula holds since there are 2 n - 2 non-empty proper subsets of n elements, and each partition corresponds to exactly two subsets.
Similarly, the second formula can be derived from the observation that one can construct three labeled subsets of n elements in 3 n ways. After reducing for all cases with empty sets, the number of alternatives is. Lemma 2.
There are. Distribute the set of n loci into three subsets S 1 , S 2 and S 3 , where the intersection of each pair of sets is empty, and where S 1 and S 2 are non-empty. There are 2 n vertices in the n -cube and each rectangle has four vertices. By the previous lemma, the number of rectangles is. Proof of Theorem 1. A rectangle with vertices in the n -cube corresponds to exactly two rectangular perturbations, one for each pair of parallel edges. Consequently, the result follows from Lemma 2.
The second part of the theorem states that the number of rectangular perturbations where exactly k loci are replaced is equal to. The positions of the k loci that change can be chosen in n k different ways. There are 2 k words of length k , and therefore 2 k - 1 pairs consisting of a word and its replacement for instance, the replacement of is Finally, there are 2 n - k different backgrounds, so that a pair of backgrounds can be chosen in 2 n - k 2 ways.
As mentioned, a single signed circuit may correspond to two cases of sign epistasis. Indeed, a two-locus system with reciprocal sign epistasis is an example. It is thus of interest to identify all order perturbations, rather than identifying signed circuits only. Theorem 1 and its proof indicate how one can find all order perturbations. For instance, the rank orders. By definition, a cube isomorphism preserves the adjacency structure of the cube a pair of mutational neighbors is mapped to a pair of neighbors.
Two rank orders are considered equivalent if a cube isomorphism induces a map between them. Differently expressed, for any given rank order for a two-locus system , one can obtain an equivalent order by assigning the label 00 to a genotype of choice among four alternatives and then 10 to one of its neighbors among two alternatives. After that, the adjacency condition determines the labels of the remaining genotypes. The new rank order is identical to the original one, except that the genotypes have new labels as described.
To determine whether a specific rank order is compatible with additive fitness, one has to solve a system of inequalities. For simplicity, we illustrate the argument for a two-locus system. We can assume that. It follows that the rank order is incompatible with additive fitness. In general, a rank order combined with an additive assumption determines a system of linear inequalities. The rank order is compatible with additive fitness exactly if the system has a solution.
It is not difficult to find software for solving such a system of inequalities. In particular any software for solving linear programming problems can be used. As outlined, one can verify that all 14 rank orders are compatible with additive fitness. An explicit counterexample is given in Maclagan This author studies Boolean term orders, in our terminology perturbation free rank orders, and refers to an order as being coherent if it is compatible with additive fitness.
The counterexample is described in slightly different notation, and the translation to our notation is. As explained, in principle, one can check whether a given rank order is compatible with additive fitness. However, the theoretical understanding of rank orders and additive fitness is still limited.
As noted in the main text, rank-order methods are sensitive for measurement errors. A sufficient number of tests is necessary for reliable results, and elementary probability theory provides some guidance. Research on inferring rank orders from pairwise comparisons has a long history because of applications to sports and games Wauthier et al. However, statistical significance for rank orders has received considerably less attention, and it would be interesting to develop more theory on the topic.
The upper graph in Figure 3 was obtained by assuming additive fitness, a fitness decrease by 0. All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files. In the interests of transparency, eLife publishes the most substantive revision requests and the accompanying author responses. This work extends a previous paper in eLife , where it was shown how the sign of certain epistatic interaction coefficients can be inferred from partial rank orders of fitness values.
The purpose of the manuscript is to clarify the relation of this inference with the concept of sign epistasis; Crona et al. Here the range of informative rank orders is extended by introducing the concept of rectangular perturbations, which generalizes the concept of sign epistasis by asking for the background dependence of the effect of mutational events that modify several loci at once.
In the revision, the presentation was improved so that it has become more accessible for evolutionary biologists with a non-mathematical background. Your article has been reviewed by three peer reviewers, including Joachim Krug as the Reviewing Editor and Reviewer 1, and the evaluation has been overseen by Diethard Tautz as the Senior Editor.
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This submission refers to the authors' previous eLife publication, Crona et al. The purpose of the manuscript is to clarify the relation of this inference with the concept of sign epistasis. Crona et al. The exploratory application of the new concept to two empirical data sets suggests that it does give access to additional information about the topography of the landscape.
Overall, the reviewers found that, while the manuscript contains some interesting ideas and results that are worth to be reported in the form of a Research Advance, substantial revisions are necessary. Most importantly, the results should be presented in a way that is reasonably accessible for evolutionary biologists with a non-mathematical background, and the presentation also needs to be more systematic.
A detailed list of the issues that should be addressed is given below. Specifically, they felt that both the motivating question of the manuscript as it arises from the original eLife publication of Krona et al. One was concerned that the scaling of the number of perturbations as 6 n would limit the practical applicability of the method, and both asked whether and how the approach is generalizable to multi-allelic sequence spaces.
If measurement errors are not considered and there are many values close to each other, then the ranks could change significantly and the rank order could be heavily influenced by random noise, generating spuriously inferred interactions.
This must be addressed maybe through simulation? And is it correct that the allowed orders are those where either the fitness is monotonic in the number of mutations, or at most one pair of genotypes violates this monotonicity, and this is a pair of genotypes with 1 and 2 mutations? Reviewer 3 suggests to place the results into the context of previous analyses of the same empirical landscapes [Ferretti et al. Moreover, it was not clear whether the proposed method as applied to empirical landscapes singles out the wild type sequence, or whether it treats all genotypes on the same footing.
It appears that the information contained in the manuscript regarding this point can be summarized as follows:. If neither of these are present, the rank order is compatible with additive fitness. Thank you for resubmitting your work entitled "Rank orders and signed interactions in evolutionary biology" for further consideration by eLife. The manuscript has been improved but there are some remaining issues that need to be addressed before acceptance, as outlined below:.
The Results section does not read well in its present form and needs to be reorganized. Presently the section begins with a partial explanation of the theory, followed by the discussion of experimental and hypothetical examples, and the complete account of the theory is found at the end. As a consequence, several concepts and definitions e. I suggest to subdivide the section into subsections to improve readability, and to present the theory fully in the first subsection.
I would also suggest to emphasize the simple geometric meaning of the various expressions in terms of the squares and rectangles in Figures 1 and 2: The circuits in the set C are obtained by going around one of the square or rectangle and giving the genotype fitness values alternating signs along the way. Regarding the hypothetical examples, there is something wrong with landscape B, since the genotypes with 3 1's are not peaks. Also, I did not find the discussion of the epistasis measure of Ferretti et al.
It seems to me that both the hypothetical examples and the discussion of Ferretti et al. Moreover, it was not clearly stated how the new method of epistasis analysis goes beyond more established approaches, and in what sense it "add s precision to the analysis". In line with the reviewers suggestions, I have expanded text in the Introduction on how the results connect to open problems from Crona et al.
Most important, I have provided more evidence that rectangular perturbation goes beyond established approaches. If the available information is complete fitness measurements of the preferred kind say Wrightian fitness , then rank order methods cannot add precision.
There are good reasons to consider rank orders anyway. Observations such as many peaks, prevalent sign epistasis and few trajectories to the global peak, provide intuition for the evolutionary potential. A The new method has the ability to detect epistasis for landscapes, also if there is no sign epistasis.
An empirical example has been added as proof of principle. B Similarly, the new method reveals evolutionary important differences for landscapes that cannot be distinguished by frequently used methods. Explicit examples have been added. C In addition, the revised manuscripts describes a case where one can apply rectangular perturbations for handling a problem with measurement errors in sign epistasis data. Note: One example from the original manuscript on Aspergillus Niger was deleted, since the added examples probably are more instructive.
In many cases it make sense to consider selected perturbations, depending on context. For very large systems, one can also sample genotypes and sets of loci and check for perturbations. For a collection of [mostly] deleterious mutations, it would be interesting to check if replacements at several loci sometimes increase fitness. Rectangular perturbations can be defined for multi-allelic sequence spaces.
However, a lot of theory on epistasis for biallelic n-locus systems Walsh-coefficients, applications of the Fourier transform, fitness graphs cannot easily be generalized to the multi-allelic case. Foundational work would be necessary for extending theoretical results to the multi-allelic case.
The author states that "the results are not sensitive for a few false positives or negatives", but this statement is not supported in the text aside from its assertion. I have deleted the claim and added a discussion about measurement errors to the Materials and methods section. In addition, the revised manuscripts describes a case where one can apply rectangular perturbations for handling a problem with measurement errors for sign epistasis data Figure 3 in the revised manuscript shows a related simulation.
The manuscript is supposed to be much easier than Beerenwinkel et al. Figure 2 is intended to explain everything a reader needs to know for understanding the main idea. I have followed the reviewers suggestion and replaced my original definition of the circuits we use with a brief description, and moved the discussion about general circuits to the Materials and methods section some readers will appreciate the full context.
What is "relabeling" in this context? In brief, a pair of rank order differ by labels only, if there exists a cube isomorphism that induces a map between the rank orders. A detailed description has been added to the Materials and methods section. Yes, the claim is correct. If that question has been answered, the order is completely determined. Reviewer 3 suggests to place the results into the context of prevous analyses of the same empirical landscapes [Ferretti et al. My response to comment 1 answers this question as well.
In particular, an analysis of sign epistasis alone does neither have the same ability to rule out additive fitness, nor to capture global aspects, as a complete analysis of rectangular perturbation has. For clarity, I have rephrased the text in one place in the revised manuscript.
The proposed methods does not single out the wild type sequence. If the genotypes of highest and lowest fitness have maximal distance, it would be perhaps be most natural to assign the zero-string label to the genotype of lowest fitness regardless if wild-type or not. All we know is that the system has sign epistasis. Note that potential rectangular perturbations are exactly twice as many as the number of circuits in C. However, the theoretical understanding for rank orders and additivity is limited.
Because of the questions I have made several changes:. I have restructured the result section accordingly. I have removed the hypothetical examples and the discussion of the measures introduced in Ferretti et al. A similar text has been added after the definition of rectangular perturbations.
A similar comment has been added right before the remarks in the result section. We are grateful to Casey Aguilar-Gervase, Tonia Bell, Payal Dudheida and David Dunleavy for their studies on rank orders of genotypes for four-locus systems, and to Ethan Christensen for his work on antimalarial drug resistance. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.
Article citation count generated by polling the highest count across the following sources: Crossref , PubMed Central , Scopus. Darwinian fitness is a central concept in evolutionary biology. In practice, however, it is hardly possible to measure fitness for all genotypes in a natural population. In thermodynamics there is a famous thought experiment that is relevant and prompts the question: Does DNA act as a modern-day "Maxwell's demon" Smith, , that is, as a nano-robot programmed to generate and maintain particular structures and processes in its system, using information and energy to lower entropy, for a period of time?
Realization of the role of DNA beyond initiation of life's chemistry advances the understanding of biological order and at the same time presents interesting avenues for exploration. There is a subtle but significant difference between biological and nonliving open not isolated systems Figure 4. For example, a fence post is an open system. A metal post will thermally expand when warmed by external factors sunlight or ambient air but retains its structure and does not grow in complexity.
Using a model to represent the two cases, it is seen that biological open systems behave as if internally controlled, not reacting to external variables in the way that nonliving systems do. Cells and organisms act upon their surroundings, even foraging, taking in and rejecting nutrients, controlling quantity and variety. Some internal mechanism suggestive of information processing seems to be in control.
The ability of organisms to grow complex structures, opposing the universal, natural tendency toward disorder, points to the operation of macromolecules such as DNA and their encoded information. Without a description of the role of DNA, textbook explanations of the necessary intake of energy by organisms as open systems are not adequate to account for change from more to less probable states, counteracting the second law of thermodynamics.
Life cycles, the ability to create complex structures and thermodynamic analysis of open systems, indicate an internal mechanism. Focusing on DNA and the other macromolecules of living systems with apparent information-processing capability affords an opportunity to understand the order and complexity in living entities and the structures they create.
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