Prokaryotes: Physiology, Biochemistry and Cell Behavior


Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

For thousands of years, mankind has both used bacteria and suffered from them without actually being aware of them, until 340 years ago when Anton van Leeuwenhoek observed bacteria for the first time. People then realized that they are surrounded by a wonderful and, at the same time frightening, micro-world. Only during the second half of the twentieth century did researchers begin to unravel secrets of bacterial cells, and today the amount of knowledge in the field is in an exponential growth stage. However, we are still far from an overall understanding of bacterial cell processes.

This book is another step towards revealing principles and mechanisms of bacterial functioning and contains contemporary data and results in hot topics such as bacterial biofilm formation, multidrug transporter proteins, bacterial cells’ adaptation to toxic compounds, bacterial gene regulation, cytotoxins and neurotoxins from Gram-negative and Gram-positive aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, bacterial sensitivity to photodynamic chemotherapy and kinetic analysis of bacterial growth. This book was written by researchers and lecturers from leading universities and research institutes in Europe, North America and Asia. It is addressed to the scientific community and may be interesting for researchers and students in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioorganic chemistry and medicine.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Staphylococcal Biofilm Formation and Development: Related Diseases, Host Immune Responses and Therapy (pp. 1-34)
Livia Visai, Davide Ferrari, E. Magda Barbu, Xiaowen Liang, Vannakambadi K. Ganesh, Magnus Höök and Marcello Imbriani (Department of Molecular Medicine, Center for Tissue Engineering (C.I.T.), University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy and the others)

Chapter 2 – Bacterial Biofilms and Role of the Second Messenger Cyclic-Di-GMP (pp. 35-54)
Michelle A. Stan and Raymond J. Turner (Department of Biological Sciences, Biofilm Research Group, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 3 – Multidrug Transporter Proteins of the Major Facilitator Superfamily: Not Only for Drug Efflux (pp. 55-76)
Kamela O. Alegre, Stephanie Paul and Christopher J. Law (Queen’s University Belfast, School of Biological Sciences, Belfast, United Kingdom)

Chapter 4 – Adaptation of Bacterial Cells to Toxic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (pp. 77-90)
Rivka Cahan, Esti Michael and Nissim Swissa (Department of Chemical Engineering, Ariel University, Ariel, and The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel)

Chapter 5 – Hfq-Like RNA Chaperones and Small Non-Coding Regulatory RNAs: A New Paradigm of Bacterial Gene Regulation (pp. 91-108)
Jorge H. Leitão, Christian G. Ramos, Joana R. Feliciano, Sílvia A. Sousa, André M. Grilo and Paulo J. P. da Costa (Department of Bioengineering, and Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)

Chapter 6- Effects of the Cytolethal Distending Toxin from Gram-Negative Bacteria on Mammalian Cells (pp. 109-148)
Elisabeth Bezine, Julien Vignard and Gladys Mirey (1- INRA, UMR1331, Toxalim, Research Centre in Food Toxicology; Université de Toulouse, INP, UMR1331, Toxalim, F-31000 Toulouse ;and Université de Toulouse, UPS, UMR1331, Toxalim, F-31062 Toulouse, France)
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Chapter 7 – Cytotoxic Properties and Medical Usages of Cyt Toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis Subsp. Israelensis (pp. 148-162)
Shmuel Cohen (Spring Bio-Med LTD, Kiryat-Matalon, Petach-Tikva, Israel)

Chapter 8 – The Novel Plasmids of Botulinum Neurotoxigenic Clostridia (pp. 163-196)
Giovanna Franciosa, Angelo Iacobino and Concetta Scalfaro (Department of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 9 – Sensitivity of Bacteria to Photodynamic Chemotherapy (pp. 197-220)
Marina Nisnevitch and Faina Nakonechny (Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Materials, Ariel University, Ariel 40700, Israel)

Chapter 10 – Monod’s Bacterial Growth Model. Kinetic Arguments for “Simple, but Not Too Simple” (pp. 221-246)
Vlad Tudor Popa (Romanian Academy, “Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry, Splaiul Independentei 202, Bucharest, Romania)


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The book is addressed to the scientific community and may be interesting for researchers and students in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioorganic chemistry, and medicine.

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