Interdisciplinary Approaches on Opportunistic Infections and Future Prospects


Jayapradha Ramakrishnan, PhD -Senior Assistant Professor, Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases, School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA Deemed to be University, India
Ganesh Babu Malli Mohan, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA Deemed to be University, India

Series: Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
BISAC: MED022090
DOI: 10.52305/YBIQ8875

Opportunistic infections (OIs) are the growing concern as the microbe takes advantage when the immune system is weak. Even the microbes that reside in us for many years may cause serious disease when the immune system has weakened. Also, certain microbes get reactivated and cause opportunistic infections. Such common OIs include oral and pharyngeal candidiasis, Tuberculosis, Herpes Zoster, Bacterial pneumonia, Cryptoccal meningitis, Taxoplasmasis. Such secondary infections are common in immunocompromised and long term hospitalized severely ill patients. Currently, the incidence of secondary infections is increased world-wide in COVID-19 infected patients. The interface of biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics has shown tremendous innovations in infectious diseases. In this book, such interdisciplinary approaches have been focused for the management of OIs. The edited book would be helpful for scientists, scholars, industrialist to obtain updated key information about interdisciplinary approaches to tackle opportunistic infections.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Interdisciplinary Studies on Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens and Their Future Perspectives
Jananishree Sathiyamoorthy, Murugavel Aravind and Jayapradha Ramakrishnan
Actinomycetes Bioprospecting Lab, Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA University, Tirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India

Chapter 2. Interdisciplinary Mathematical Modeling Approaches for Infectious Diseases
Gottumukkala Sai Bhavani¹, Sumathi Kalankariyan¹, Lavanya Sargunam² and Anbumathi Palanisamy¹
¹Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology Warangal, Telangana State, India
²Department of Mathematics, Anna University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Chapter 3. Immunomodulation and Immunotherapy to Tackle Opportunistic Infections
Sayed Muhammad Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari¹, Liloma Shah², Sana Raza² and Muhsin Jamal²
¹Department of Microbiology, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
²Department of Microbiology, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, Pakistan

Chapter 4. Genetically Engineered Bacteriophages for the Treatment of ESKAPE Pathogens
Haseesh Rahithya Nandam¹, Anjali Parmar¹,²,Krithikashri Sarathy¹ and Sutharsan Govindarajan¹
¹Department of Biological Sciences, SRM University AP, Amaravati, India
²School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala, India

Chapter 5. Pathogenesis of Opportunistic Infections
Salini Krishnarao Kandhalu and K. V. Murali Mohan
Department of Pathology, Maharajah institute of medical sciences, Nellimarla, Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, India