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The Influence of Cooperative Bacteria on Animal Host Biology

Series: Advances in Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Volume: 10

By: Margaret J McFall Ngai(Editor), Brian Henderson(Editor), Edward G Ruby(Editor)

408 pages, 13 colour plates, 12 b/w photos, 46 b/w illustrations, 10 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2005 | #152579 | ISBN: 0521834651
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Ninety percent of the cells in the human body are bacteria, and humans may be host to many thousands of different species of bacteria. These striking statistics are part of a new paradigm in microbiology in which bacteria are no longer viewed as disease-causing killers but more as lifelong partners which are often essential for the survival of their host. The Influence of Cooperative Bacteria on Animal Host Biology brings together a group of diverse scientists – evolutionary biologists, immunologists, molecular biologists, microbiologists, pathologists and mathematicians – to discuss the evolution and mechanisms of bacteria-host interactions at all levels of complexity. Chapters deal with the evolution of these interactions over the last 60 years (since the introduction of antibiotics) to a period of 3.8 billion years (since the evolution of single-celled life) and discuss bacterial interactions with multicellular life forms from coral reefs to humans. Researchers and graduate students across the life sciences will find The Influence of Cooperative Bacteria on Animal Host Biology of interest.

"The title of this collection of reviews hints at a refreshing new angle regarding the interplay between a range of hosts and their associated bacterial communities."
- Microbiology Today

"This work is strongly recommended to all bacteriologists, immunologists, general microbiologists, biologists, zoologists, epidemiologists and ecologists."
- Immunological Investigations


Part I. Evolutionary Biology of Animal Host-Bacteria Interactions:
1. How have bacteria contributed to the evolution of multicellular animals? Carol Hickman
2. The interface of microbiology and immunology: a comparative analysis of the animal kingdom Margaret McFall-Ngai
3. Co-evolution of bacteria and their hosts: a marriage made in heaven or hell? Jörg Hacker, Ulrich Dobrindt, Michael Steinert, Hilde Merkert and Ute Hentschel
4. Industrial revolution and microbial evolution Fernando de la Cruz and Julian Davies
5. Bacteria evolve and function within communities: observations from experimental Pseudomonas populations Paul B. Rainey

Part II. Bacterial Ecology and the Host as an Environment:
6. Coral symbioses: the best and worst of three kingdoms Eugene Rosenberg
7. Interactions between inherited bacteria and their hosts: the Wolbachia paradigm Zoe L. Veneti, Max Reuter, Horacio Montenegro, Emily A. Hornett, Sylvain Charlat and Gregory D. Hurst
8. Microbial communities in lepidopteran guts: from models to metagenomics Jo Handelsman, Courtney J. Robinson and Kenneth B. Raffa
9. Commensal diversity and the immune system: modelling the 'host-as-network' Robert M. Seymour

Part III. Cellular Interactions at the Bacteria-Host Interface:
10. Beneficial intracellular bacteria in the Dryophthoridae: evolutionary and immunological features of a pathogenic-like relationship Abdelaziz Heddi and Caroline Anselme
11. Regulation of Bordetella-host interactions: mechanisms and evolution Seema Mattoo and Jeff F. Miller
12. Resident bacteria as inductive signals in mammalian gut development Lora V. Hooper
13. Virulence or commensalism: lessons from the urinary tract Göran Bergsten, Björn Wullt and Catharina Svanborg

Part IV. Bacterial Interactions with the Immune System:
14. Host responses to bacteria: innate immunity in invertebrates L. Courtney Smith
15. Bacterial recognition by mammalian cells Clare E. Bryant and Sabine Tötemeyer
16. Moonlighting in protein hyperspace: shared moonlighting proteins and bacteria-host crosstalk Brian Henderson
17. Cell signalling pathways as targets for bacterial evasion and immunity Andrew N. Neish
18. Shaping the bacterial world by human intervention Rino Rappuoli

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Margaret J. McFall-Ngai is Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Brian Henderson is Professor of Cell Biology and head of the Cellular Microbiology Research Group in the Division of Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. He is the co-editor of Molecular Chaperones and Cell Signalling (2005), Bacterial Evasion of Host Immune Responses (2003), and Bacterial Disease Mechanisms (2002). Edward G. Ruby is Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

- Carol Hickman
- Margaret McFall-Ngai
- Jörg Hacker
- Ulrich Dobrindt
- Michael Steinert
- Hilde Merkert
- Ute Hentschel
- Fernando de la Cruz
- Julian Davies
- Paul B. Rainey
- Eugene Rosenberg
- Zoe L. Veneti
- Max Reuter
- Horacio Montenegro
- Emily A. Hornett
- Sylvain Charlat
- Gregory D. Hurst
- Jo Handelsman
- Courtney J. Robinson
- Kenneth B. Raffa
- Robert M. Seymour
- Abdelaziz Heddi
- Caroline Anselme
- Seema Mattoo
- Jeff F. Miller
- Lora V. Hooper
- Göran Bergsten
- Björn Wullt
- Catharina Svanborg
- L. Courtney Smith
- Clare E. Bryant
- Sabine Tötemeyer
- Brian Henderson
- Andrew N. Neish
- Rino Rappuoli

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