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The Bacterial Spore

Edition:
1st
Author(s):
Adam Driks, Patrick Eichenberger
ISBN:
9781555816759
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
July 25, 2016
Content Details:
397 pages
Language:
English

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Presents a broad-based overview of spore biology, providing in-depth coverage of basic and applied areas of spore research. Chapters focus on important general topics as well as specialized research areas, including broad reviews of especially important topics, such as spore molecular biology, bioremediation, issues in biodefense, and food safety.

    The first articles describing the sporulation process were published by Robert Koch and Ferdinand Cohn in the late 19th century. Although most of the work accomplished in the past 50 years has focused on the model organism Bacillus subtilis, more recent work significantly expanded the scope of sporulation research to integrate medically relevant spore pathogens, such as B. anthracis and Clostridium difficile, as well as investigations of the ecology of spore-forming species. This new direction is supported by an explosion of novel techniques that can also be applied to nonmodel organisms, such as next-generation sequencing, metagenomics, and transcriptomics.

    The Bacterial Spore provides a comprehensive series of reviews of the major topics in spore biology that represent intensive, cutting-edge spore research. Editors Adam Driks and Patrick Eichenberger assembled chapters written by a team of diverse and multidisciplinary experts in biodefense and microbial forensics to produce an overview of topics of spore research, such as spore molecular biology, bioremediation, systems biology, issues in biodefense, and the challenge of food safety that is accessible to any reader, regardless of expertise. The Bacterial Spore also encompasses the diversity of spore research, which will appeal to those seeking to broaden their knowledge.

    The Bacterial Spore is a reference for a wide range of readers, including geneticists, cell biologists, physiologists, structural and evolutionary biologists, applied scientists, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and nonresearchers, such as national security professionals.

    Features

    • Presents a broad-based overview of spore biology,
    • Providing in-depth coverage of basic and applied areas of spore research.
    • Chapters focus on important general topics as well as specialized research areas, including broad reviews of especially important topics, such as spore molecular biology, bioremediation, issues in biodefense, and food safety.

    Reviews

      “The Bacterial Spore: From Molecules to Systems is an ambitious effort at consolidating this body of research in a way that highlights the biological diversity of bacterial spore formers, their industrial and medical applications, and fundamental mechanistic insights gained from their study in a way that is accessible to both the novice and expert microbiologist.”
  • Contents

    Table of Contents

    Contributors
    Preface

    I. GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE BACILLACEAE AND CLOSTRIDIA
    1. Genome Diversity of Spore-Forming Firmicutes
    2. Evolution in the Bacillaceae
    3. Ecology of Bacillaceae
    4. Sporulation in Bacteria: Beyond the Standard Model

    II. THE BACILLACEAE: BACILLUS SUBTILIS
    5. Chance and Necessity in Bacillus subtilis Development
    6. Bacillus subtilis Systems Biology: Applications of -Omics Techniques to the Study of Endospore Formation
    7. Protein Targeting during Bacillus subtilis Sporulation
    8. Spore Peptidoglycan
    9. The Spore Coat
    10. Spore Resistance Properties
    11. Spore Germination

    III. THE BACILLACEAE: BACILLUS ANTHRACIS
    12. The Phylogeny of Bacillus cereus sensu lato
    13. The Bacillus anthracis Exosporium: What’s the Big “Hairy” Deal?
    14. Animal Models for the Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention of Infection by Bacillus anthracis

    IV. THE CLOSTRIDIA
    15. Physiology and Sporulation in Clostridium
    16. Clostridium perfringens Sporulation and Sporulation-Associated Toxin Production

    V. PRACTICAL TECHNOLOGIES
    17. Spore Surface Display
    18. The Role of Bacterial Spores in Metal Cycling and Their Potential Application in Metal Contaminant Bioremediation

    Index