251 pages, 33 colour & 9 b/w illustrations
Non-coding RNAs and Inter-Kingdom Communication presents a state-of-the-art compilation of articles on the role of non-coding RNAs as pivotal molecules for establishing functional relationships between different organisms. It also describes how non-coding RNA molecules can act as dynamic communication devices and how they modulate the interaction between different kingdoms. It describes examples including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and higher organisms such as protozoa that are involved in pathogenic or symbiotic interactions, and the roles of different families of non-coding RNAs within these relationships. Each chapter provides readers molecular and functional insights, breaking down the subjacent mechanisms and exploring their functional implications and future applications. More than sixty years after the foundation of the "RNA tie club" by George Gamow, new roles for non-coding RNA molecules are starting to be revealed.
Part 1. Non-coding RNAs in Bacterial and Viral Interactions with Different Hosts
Chapter 1. The Roles of microRNAs and piRNAs in Virus-host Interactions
Chapter 2. Microbial Manipulation Host Dark Matter
Chapter 3. Interplays between Gut Microbiota and Gene Expression Regulation by miRNAs: Towards a Symbiotic Vision of Host and Guest
Chapter 4. Azotobacter vinelandii Small RNAs: Their Roles in the Formation of Cysts and Other Processes
Chapter 5. Streptomyces Bacteria: Specialized Metabolism, Inter-species Interactions and Non-coding RNAs
Chapter 6. Role of Small RNAs in Wolbachia-mosquito Interactions
Chapter 7. Uptake and Reaction of C. elegans to Environmental RNAs
Part 2. Non-coding RNAs and Interactions between Eukaryotic Organisms
Chapter 8. Rapid Evolution of Mosquito Anti-viral ncRNA Pathway Components
Chapter 9. Differential Expression of Toxoplasma gondii microRNAs in Murine and Human Hosts
Chapter 10. Hypothetical Plant-mammal Small RNA Communication: Packaging and Stoichiometry
Chapter 11. Different Types of Small RNAs in Protozoa
Chapter 12. Function of Non-coding RNA in Toxoplasma gondii Infection
Chapter 13. MicroRNAs of Filarial Nematodes: A New Frontier in Host-pathogen Interactions
Chapter 14. Human Fungal Infections: Emerging Role of Small Non-coding RNAs as Modulators of Host-pathogen Interactions
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Ana Lúcia Leitão PhD, Biological Engineer, graduated in Applied Chemistry from the New University of Lisbon in 1992. She worked for the Portuguese National Institute for Industrial and Technical Engineering (INETI) in 1993 in a pos-graduation of applied molecular biology. In 1994 she obtained a post-graduation in Microbiology and Biotechnology in the framework of the Young Technician for Industry Programme. In 1995 she started her PhD studies at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology in Leon, Spain with a fellowship of Merck Sharp and Dome (New Jersey, USA). She obtained a PhD in biological engineering, from the Life Sciences Department, New University of Lisbon in 1999. Since 1999, she became a professor in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon (September 2000-present). She is the author of more than 30 scientific publications in international papers and book chapters, and supervisor of 33 Master theses half of them in the industry sector. Currently, her research interests are focused on the production of bioactive compounds from fungal strains isolated from non-common environments, and transcriptomic characterization of their metabolic pathways.
Francisco J. Enguita, PhD is Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Lisbon Medical School, and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular Medicine from the same University. He got a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1991) from the University of Granada, Spain, and a PhD in Microbiology and Genetics at the School of Pharmacy from the University of Salamanca, Spain (1998). He did a post-doctoral training in Structural Biology and X-ray crystallography at the ITQB supported by an EMBO long-term fellowship (1999-2001), New University of Lisbon. During the period from 2004-2006, he was a group leader in the same institution. He joined the Institute of Molecular Medicine in 2006 as a research member of the Cell Biology Unit and later on as a principal investigator. He is the author more than 50 scientific publications, and supervisor of 5 PhD thesis and 6 Master thesis. His current research interests are focused on the role of non-coding RNAs in human diseases, with a specific focus on infection.