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Our high level microbiology and molecular biology books bring together expert international authors under the skilled editorship of leading scientists to produce state-of-the-art compendiums of current research. Aimed at the research scientist, graduate student, medical reseacher and other professionals, these books are highly recommended for all microbiology and molecular biology laboratories. Every microbiology, molecular biology and bioscience library should have a copy of each of our books.
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Insect Virology
Edited by: Sassan Asgari and Karyn N. Johnson
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-71-4 £180, $360
Written by internationally renowned insect virologists, chapters review the current molecular biology of all the major groups of insect pathogenic viruses and suggest future directions for research. The book is divided into three parts: 1) DNA viruses 2) RNA viruses and 3) current hot-topics in insect virology. Virus groups covered include: Ascoviruses, Baculoviruses, Densoviruses, Entomopoxviruses, Hytrosaviruses, Iridoviruses, Nudiviruses, Polydnaviruses, Dicistroviruses, Iflaviruses, Nodaviruses, Tetraviruses and Cypoviruses. The special topics chapters review exciting recent developments in insect virology including RNAi, insect antiviral responses, structural comparison of insect RNA viruses, and viral ecology. The book is essential reading for every insect virologist in both the academic and private sectors. It is also strongly recommended for other virologists, particularly those interested in virus evolution, virus structure, viral vectors, biological control of insects and insect immunity. read more ...
Sensory Mechanisms in Bacteria: Molecular Aspects of Signal Recognition
Edited by: Stephen Spiro and Ray Dixon
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-69-1 £159, $319
In this unique book, an international team of experts reviews a selection of important model systems, providing a timely snapshot of the current state of research in the field. The book opens with an introductory chapter that reviews the diversity of signal recognition mechanisms, illustrating the breadth of the field. Subsequent chapters include descriptions of the sensing of ligands (α-ketoglutarate, adenylate energy charge, glutamine and xenobiotic compounds), chemoreceptors, iron-sulfur cluster-based sensors, metal-dependent and metal-responsive sensors, thiol-based sensors, and PDZ domains as sensors of other proteins. This book provides essential reading for everyone with an interest in sensory mechanisms, regulatory networks and responses to environmental stress in bacteria. read more ...
Bifidobacteria: Genomics and Molecular Aspects
Edited by: Baltasar Mayo and Douwe van Sinderen
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-68-4 £159, $319
This book brings together the expertise and enthusiasm of the leading bifidobacteria experts from around the world to provide a state-of-the art overview of the molecular biology and genomics of this exciting and important microbial genus. Topics include: ecology, genomics, comparative genomics, metabolism, acid and bile resistance, stress response, probiotic properties, antimicrobial activity, interaction with the intestinal mucosa, safety assessment of bifidobacteria, synthesis and utilization of exopolysaccharides and prebiotics, antibiotic resistance/susceptibility profiles, viability and stability in commercial preparations, mobile genetic elements, cloning vectors and genetic manipulation of bifidobacteria. Essential reading for every bifidobacteria researcher, from the PhD student to the experienced scientist, and recommended reading for everyone with an interest in probiotics. read more ...
Molecular Phylogeny of Microorganisms
Edited by: Aharon Oren and R. Thane Papke
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-67-7 £159, $319
In this book, leading scientists from around the world explore current concepts in molecular phylogeny and their application with respect to microorganisms. The authors describe the different approaches applied today to elucidate the molecular phylogeny of prokaryotes (and eukaryotic protists) and review current phylogenetic methods, techniques and software tools. Topics covered include: a historical overview, computational tools, multilocus sequence analysis, 16S rRNA phylogenetic trees, rooting of the universal tree of life, applications of conserved indels, lateral gene transfer, endosymbiosis and the evolution of plastids. This book is an ideal introduction to molecular phylogeny for all microbiologists and is an essential review of current concepts for experts in the field. A recommended text for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Nanotechnology in Water Treatment Applications
Edited by: T. Eugene Cloete, Michele de Kwaadsteniet, Marelize Botes and J. Manuel López-Romero
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-66-0 £159, $319
This timely volume reviews the current state-of-the-art research and development of different nanomaterials (nanostructured catalytic membranes, nanosorbents, nanocatalysts and bioactive nanoparticles) and their application in water treatment, purification and disinfection. The expert authors have contributed chapters focusing on the cutting-edge research in this emerging technology and its applications in microbiology and water treatment. Topics covered include the detection of microbial pathogens, nanofibers and nanobiocides in water purification, nanozymes for biofilm removal, water and wastewater treatment and reverse osmosis. Also included is a chapter dedicated to the health and environmental concerns for the use of nanotechnology in water treatment. This book is aimed at everyone interested in nanobiotechnology, bioremediation, biodiagnostics, molecular diagnostics and environmental microbiology and is a recommended text for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Iron Uptake and Homeostasis in Microorganisms
Edited by: Pierre Cornelis and Simon C. Andrews
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-65-3 £159, $319
In this book, an international team of authors presents a comprehensive collection of reviews on iron uptake and metabolism in various microorganisms including rhizobia, Bordetella, Shigella, E. coli, Erwinia, Vibrio, Aeromonas, Francisella, Bacteroides, Campylobacter, cyanobacteria, Bacillus, staphylococci and yeasts. An entire chapter is dedicated to siderophores and another to heme uptake. The volume provides an expert and timely summary of current knowledge, with a focus on molecular and genetic aspects, and highlights some of the most exciting recent developments. Aimed at research scientists, advanced students and other specialists, this book is highly recommended for everyone interested in iron uptake and metabolism, microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology. read more ...
Caliciviruses: Molecular and Cellular Virology
Edited by: Grant S. Hansman, Xi Jason Jiang and Kim Y. Green
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-63-9 £159, $319
In this book, a panel of experts distil the most important up-to-date research findings in their respective calicivirus field of study producing timely and comprehensive reviews. Each chapter gives the reader a brief introduction to the topic followed by a descriptive discussion of the past and present research areas. Topics include: norovirus epidemiology; calicivirus contamination of the environment; genome organization and recombination, proteolytic cleavage and viral proteins; viral protein structures; virus-host interactions; calicivirus reverse genetics and replicon systems; feline calicivirus; swine calicivirus; murine norovirus pathogenesis and immunity; murine norovirus translation, replication and reverse genetics; and lagoviruses. This book is essential reading for all virologists working on caliciviruses and related viruses and is recommended for all virology, immunology and molecular biology laboratories. read more ...
Epstein-Barr Virus: Latency and Transformation
Edited by: Erle S. Robertson
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-62-2 £159, $319. Paperback: ISBN 978-1-904455-64-6 £60, $120
In this book, expert EBV virologists comprehensively review this important subject from a genetic, biochemical, immunological, and cell biological perspective. Topics include: latent infections, EBV leader protein, EBNA-1 in viral DNA replication and persistence, EBNA-2 in transcription activation of viral and cellular genes, the nuclear antigen family 3 in regulation of cellular processes, molecular profiles of EBV latently infected cells, latent membrane protein 1 oncoprotein, regulation of latency by LMP2A, role of noncoding RNAs in EBV-induced cell growth and transformation and the regulation of EBV latency by viral lytic proteins. This book is essential reading for all EBV virologists as well as clinical and basic scientists working on oncogenic viruses. read more ...
Anaerobic Parasitic Protozoa: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Edited by: C. Graham Clark, Patricia J. Johnson and Rodney D. Adam
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-61-5 £159, $319
In this book internationally acclaimed researchers critically review the most important aspects of research on anaerobic parasitic protozoa, providing the first coherent picture of their genomics and molecular biology since the publication of the genomes. Chapters are written from a molecular and genomic perspective and contain speculative models upon which future research efforts can be based. Topics include: the genomes of Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis, Giardia and other diplomonads; the cytoskeletons of Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia and Trichomonas vaginalis; genomic analyses and manipulation of gene expression in Entamoeba histolytica; nuclear and chromosomal structure and replication in Giardia; and the mitochondrion-like organelles of a fourth anaerobe, Blastocystis. Essential reading for all researchers working with these protozoa and related organisms and with eukaryotic model organisms. Recommended text for all parasitology laboratories. read more ...
Lentiviruses and Macrophages: Molecular and Cellular Interactions
Edited by: Moira Desport
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-60-8 £159, $319
In this timely book, top lentivirus and macrophage specialists comprehensively review cutting-edge topics in the molecular and cellular biology of the lentivirus-macrophage interaction. Topics include: lentivirus tropism and disease, macrophage biology, macrophage in HIV-1 infection and disease progression, post-entry restrictions to lentiviral replication, HIV-2 tropism and disease, SHIV model of disease, the felid immunodeficiency viruses, EIAV, small ruminant lentiviruses, bovine lentiviruses, coinfections and superinfections. Essential reading for every lentivirologist and retrovirologist, this is also a recommended text for all virology, immunology and molecular biology laboratories. read more ...
Microbial Population Genetics
Edited by: Jianping Xu
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-59-2 £159, $319
Written by leading researchers in the field, this invaluable book details the major current advances in microbial population genetics and genomics. Distinguished international scientists introduce fundamental concepts, describe genetic tools and comprehensively review recent data from SNP surveys, whole-genome DNA sequences and microarray hybridizations. Chapters cover broad groups of microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa and algae. A major focus of the book is the application of molecular tools in the study of genetic variation. Topics covered include microbial systematics, comparative microbial genomics, horizontal gene transfer, pathogenic bacteria, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, cyanobacteria, microalgae, fungi, malaria parasites, viral pathogens and metagenomics. An essential volume for everyone interested in population genetics and highly recommended reading for all microbiologists. read more ...
Borrelia: Molecular Biology, Host Interaction and Pathogenesis
Edited by: D. Scott Samuels and Justin D. Radolf
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-58-5 £159, $319
Written by renowned scientists who have made seminal contributions to the field, this book is a comprehensive guide to the pathogenic Borrelia, providing researchers, advanced students, clinicians, and other professionals with an encyclopedic overview of the molecular biology of this important genus and the pathogenesis of diseases caused. Leading authorities have contributed chapters on topics such as Borrelia genomics, DNA replication, gene regulation, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolism and physiology, cellular structure, motility and chemotaxis, genetic manipulation, evolutionary genetics, ecology, tick interactions, Lyme disease and relapsing fever pathogenesis, animal models, host response, detection, and vaccines. The volume is essential for anyone involved in Borrelia research and is strongly recommended for microbiologists, immunologists, and physicians involved in spirochete research, Lyme borreliosis, or relapsing fever. The book is a recommended reference volume for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Influenza: Molecular Virology
Edited by: Qinghua Wang and Yizhi Jane Tao
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-57-8 £159, $319
In this timely book, internationally renowned scientists critically review the current research and the most important discoveries in this highly topical field. Subjects covered include the NS1 protein of influenza A virus, the structure of influenza NS1, influenza B hemagglutinin, influenza A nucleoprotein, influenza A hemagglutinin glycoproteins, the M2 channel, virulence genes of the 1918 pandemic influenza, influenza virus polymerase, gene diagnostic microarrays, and computer-assisted vaccine design. Highly informative and well referenced, this book is essential reading for all influenza specialists and is recommended reading for all virologists, immunologists, molecular biologists, public health scientists and research scientists in pharmaceutical companies. read more ...
RNA Interference and Viruses: Current Innovations and Future Trends
Edited by: Miguel Angel Martínez
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-56-1 £159, $319
In this book, expert RNAi specialists from around the world have teamed up to produce a timely and thought-provoking review of the area. The two central themes are: 1) the latest findings on RNAi-virus interactions and 2) progress in the development of RNAi-based antiviral therapeutics. A number of chapters explain general concepts concerned with the role of RNAi in natural antiviral defense mechanisms, other chapters discuss how to improve the efficacy and safety of RNAi-based antiviral drugs, while others describe how this technology is being developed as a new therapeutic tool for fighting specific viruses, including HIV, HCV and respiratory viruses. Authors also outline potential new avenues for research thus providing a stimulus for further research. Essential reading for researchers involved in RNAi or antiviral research and a recommended text for all virology laboratories. read more ...
Retroviruses: Molecular Biology, Genomics and Pathogenesis
Edited by: Reinhard Kurth and Norbert Bannert
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-55-4 £159, $319
Written by the top retroviral specialists, this book reviews the genomics, molecular biology, and pathogenesis of these important viruses, comprehensively covering all the recent advances. Topics include: host and retroelement interactions, endogenous retroviruses, retroviral proteins and genomes, viral entry and uncoating, reverse transcription and integration, transcription, splicing and RNA transport, pathogenesis of oncoviral infections, pathogenesis of immunodeficiency virus infections, retroviral restriction factors molecular vaccines and correlates of protection, gammaretroviral and lentiviral vectors, non-primate mammalian and fish retroviruses, simian exogenous retroviruses, and HTLV and HIV. Essential reading for every retrovirologist and a recommended text for all virology and molecular biology laboratories. read more ...
Metagenomics: Theory, Methods and Applications
Edited by: Diana Marco
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-54-7 £159, $319
This book addresses in a coherent manner the diverse and multiple aspects of metagenomics and the multiplicity of its potential applications. Renowned authors from around the world have contributed chapters covering the new theoretical insights, the more recent applications, and the dynamically developing methods of data acquisition and analysis. Topics include: Conceptual frameworks, tools and methods, integration of complementary approaches, horizontal gene transfer, analysis of complex microbial communities, public data resources, plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation, industrial bioproducts, archaeal metagenomics, bioprospecting novel genes, the human microbiome, and philosophical themes in metagenomics. The book is essential reading for all researchers currently performing metagenomics studies and is highly recommended for all students and scientists wishing to increase their understanding of this field. read more ...
Aspergillus: Molecular Biology and Genomics
Edited by: Masayuki Machida and Katsuya Gomi
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-53-0 £159, $319
In this book leading Aspergillus researchers review and summarise the most important aspects of Aspergillus molecular biology and genomics. The book opens with a fascinating overview of the genus Aspergillus. This is followed by in-depth reviews of the Aspergillus molecular systematics, comparative genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology of Aspergillus, transcriptional regulation, genetics and genomics of sexual development of A. nidulans, genomics and secondary metabolism, ecology, development and gene regulation in A. flavus, functional systems biology, and novel industrial applications of A. oryzae genomics. Essential reading for everyone with an interest in Aspergillus and related fungi. read more ...
Environmental Molecular Microbiology
Edited by: Wen-Tso Liu and Janet K. Jansson
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-52-3 £159, $319
This book highlights the current state-of-the-art of environmental molecular microbiology. International experts have contributed chapters that describe the various technologies and their applications in environmental microbiology. The first half of the book focuses on the microbial diversity and phylogeny of microorganisms in the environment and describes the molecular toolbox currently available for the study of the composition and diversity of microbial communities and their functions. Topics include the use of the 16S rRNA gene as a phylogenetic marker, metagenomics, metaproteomics, microarrays, and molecular fingerprinting. The second half focuses on the application of these approaches in various environments including soil, marine water, plants, humans and wastewater treatment. The last chapter of the book discusses the genetics and environmental implications of microbial biofilms. An essential book for advanced students, research scientists, environmental agencies and industries involved in any aspect of environmental microbiology. read more ...
Neisseria: Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis
Edited by: Caroline Genco and Lee Wetzler
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-51-6 £159, $319
This important reference volume provides research scientists, advanced students, clinicians, and other professionals with a comprehensive update on the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in Neisseria. The editors have assembled a team of highly regarded scientists, over 40 contributors, to describe the latest, up-to-date research, theory and clinical significance of molecular mechanisms in meningococcal disease. Leading authorities have contributed chapters on topics such as gene expression, genomics, biofilms, denitrification, adhesion strategies and mechanisms of cellular invasion. A section on the host response to neisserial infection covers inate immunity, complement, apoptosis, and acquired immunity while a section devoted to clinical correlation deals with vaccine development, epidemiology and antibiotic resistance. The volume is highly recommended for microbiologists, epidemiologists and clinicians involved with Neisseria research or meningococcal disease and is a recommended text for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Frontiers in Dengue Virus Research
Edited by: Kathryn A. Hanley and Scott C. Weaver
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-50-9 £159, $319
This book brings together a panel of expert dengue virologists to produce a timely review of the rapidly expanding dengue research literature. In addition authors identify the most pressing questions that remain to be answered, thus providing a stimulus for future research. Topics include: evolutionary history, epidemiology, translation and processing of the viral polyprotein, viral replication, the role of the viral untranslated regions, pathogenesis, host response to DENV, development of animal models, DENV-mosquito interactions, dynamics of dengue virus transmission, emergence of DENV from its ancestral, sylvatic cycle, vaccines, novel anti-dengue drugs, and passive immunotherapy. Essential reading for every dengue virologist and highly recommended for all flavivirus and arbovirus virologists. read more ...