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Transport of molecules across the cell membrane is a fundamental process of all living organisms. It is essential for understanding growth, development, nutrition as well as uptake and excretion of exogenous or synthesized molecules. Microbes represent general and basic functional systems where many transport processes have been studied on a molecular basis. Knowledge of the microbial transport processes will provide new perspectives to treatments by inhibitors, drugs, antibiotics, vitamins, growth promotion compounds, activators and toxic compounds of various kinds.
Preface. List of Authors. Color Plates. Families of Transporters: A Phylogenetic Overview. Energy--Transducing Ion Pumps in Bacteria: Structure and Function of ATP Synthases. Sodium/Substrate Transport. Prokaryotic Binding Protein--Dependent ABC Transporters. Glucose Transport by the Bacterial Phosphotransferase System (PTS): An Interface Between Energy-- and Signal Transduction. Peptide Transport. Protein Export and Secretion in Gram--Negative Bacteria. Bacterial Channel Forming Protein Toxins. Porins -- Structure and Function. Aquaporins. Structures of Siderophore Receptors. Mechanism of Bacterial Iron Transport. Bacterial Zinc Transport. Bacterial Genes Controlling Manganese Accumulation. The Unusual Nature of Magnesium Transporters. Bacterial Copper Transport. Microbial Arsenite and Antimonite Transporters. Microbial Nickel Transport. Mitochondria Copper Ion Transport. Iron and Manganese Transporters in Yeast. Siderophore Transport in Fungi. Index.