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Biochemical Adaptation in Parasites

By: C Bryant and CA Behm

272 pages, Figures

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1989 | #27347 | ISBN: 0412325306
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Presents knowledge of parasite metabolism and how it reflects adaption to particular environments.

...Biochemical variation is widespread in parasites and this new book provides an excellent synopsis and discussion of this information, and will serve as an important reference to researchers and students interested in these topics. Veterinary Parasitology


Part 1 The nature of parasite adaptation: what is a parasite?; the host-parasite relationship; the evolution of the host-parasite relationship; the role of the parasites in evolution; the frequency of parasitism; ecological aspects of parasitism; what is a strain?; are strain varieties adaptive?; biochemical adaptations and life cycles; the physicochemical characteristics of parasite environments; ectoparasitism and the invasion of the host; inside the host. Part 2 Energy metabolism: energy metabolism in protozoa and in helminths; adaptation and energy metabolism. Part 3 Digestion and uptake of nutrients: absorption from the medium; folic acid metabolism; lipids and lipid metabolism; purines, pyrimidines and their salvage. Part 4 Host immunity and parasite adaptation: evolution of multicellularity; evolution of immune systems; evolutionary outcomes of host/parasite immunological interaction; population characteristics of parasite infections; immunological interaction between hosts and parasites. Part 5 Biochemical adaptation and the "magic bullet": chemotherapy; drug targets in parasites; conclusions: adaptation to parasitism? Part 6 Biochemical variation in parasites: the "founder" principle; parsimony, conservatism and optimization; experimental detection of variation; resistance to antiparasitic compounds.

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