Created by leading international experts, Mycoplasmas: Molecular Biology, Pathogenicity, and Strategies for Control represents a cutting-edge summary of current knowledge in the field. Mycoplasmas, or mollicutes, form a large group of bacteria that can infect humans, animals, and plants. This comprehensive text focuses on the molecular and cell biology of mycoplasmas and related mollicutes. It also explores pathogenesis and emerging strategies for control. Coverage includes a variety of topics including genome analysis, gene vectors, genomics, motility, chemotaxis, attachment, molecular epidemiology, immunology, diagnosis, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccine technology.
Table of Contents
OriC Plasmids as Gene Vectors for Mollicutes. Genome Analysis: Recombination, Repair, and Recombinational Hotspots. Resources for Mining Mollicute Genomes. Phytoplasma Genomics. Gliding Motility of Mycoplasmas: the Mechanism Cannot be Explained by Current Biology. Spiroplasma Motiligy and Chemotaxis: Molecular Aspects of Cell Behavior. Mycoplasma Attachment Organelle and Cell Division. Protemic Analysis of the Mycoplasmas. New Developments in Human Diseases due to Mycoplasmas. Diagnosis of Mycoplasmosis in Animals. Emerging Mycoplasmoses in Wildlife. Biodiversity of Mycoplasmas and Molecular Epidemiology. Phenotypic Diversity and Cell Invasion in Host Subversion by Pathogenic Mycoplasmas. Immune Responses Following Mycoplasma Infection. Antimicrobial Therapy and Antimicrobial Resistance. Vaccines to Control Mycoplasmosis.
"This book represents the state of the art on research into mollicutes. …Much of this material will be consolidated into accepted theories over time and will eventually become standard information. At this time, however this is the best information that we have on the rapidly changing field."
"A useful, up-to-date and fairly thorough book on a subject matter which, although far from specialist in nature, is not overly represented in the reference book market…a recommended purchase for individuals and institutes/libraries wanting to keep up to date with the field."
-John March, in Microbiology Today, 2006