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Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax

ISBN: 978-1-118-14808-2
329 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The study of Bacillus Anthracis remains at the forefront of microbiology research because of its potential use as a bioterror agent and its role in shaping our understanding of bacterial pathogenesis and innate immunity. Bacillus Anthracis and Anthrax provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the organism, ranging from basic biology to public health issues associated with anthrax. This book will be a premier reference for B. Anthracis and anthrax to microbiologists, medical and public health professionals, bioterror research and preparedness, immunologists, and physiologists.
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Preface.

Contributors.

1. Anthrax from 5000 BC to AD 2010 (Peter C. B. Turnbull and Sean V. Shadomy).

2. Outer Structures of the Bacillus anthracis Spore (Adam Driks and Michael Mallozzi).

3. Anthrax Spore Germination (Nathan Fisher, Katherine A. Carr, Jonathan D. Giebel, and Philip C. Hanna).

4. Genetic Manipulation Methods in Bacillus anthracis (Brian K. Janes and Scott Stibitz).

5. The Bacillus anthracis Genome (Timothy D. Read).

6. Bacillus anthracis Plasmids: Species Definition or Niche Adaptation? (David A. Rasko).

7. Iron Acquisition by Bacillus anthracis (Gleb Pishchany and Eric P. Skaar).

8. Anthrax Toxins (Mahtab Moayeri and Stephen H. Leppla).

9. Bacillus anthracis Virulence Gene Regulation (Jason M. Rall and Theresa M. Koehler).

10. The Interactions between Bacillus anthracis and Macrophages (Susan L. Welkos, Joel A. Bozue, and Christopher K. Cote).

11. Bacillus anthracis and Dendritic Cells: A Complicated Battle (Jean-Nicolas Tournier and Anne Quesnel-Hellmann).

12. Bacillus anthracis Dissemination through Hosts (Ian J. Glomski).

13. Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Anthrax in Humans (Jeannette Guarner and Carlos del Rio).

14. Anthrax Vaccines (Elke Saile and Conrad P. Quinn).

15. Anthrax as a Weapon of War and Terrorism (Leonard A. Cole).

Index.

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"Otherwise, presentation is good, and the running heads that allow navigation within chapters are helpful." (Society for General Microbiology, 25 May 2011)

"Microbiologists, pathologists, and other biological researchers provide a reference on the pathogen and its disease that incorporates the new information and understandings provided by such innovations as gene sequencing, improved animal models, and efficient methods for genetic manipulation; all backed by the massive funding and accelerated research associated with The global war on terror after the still-unsolved anthrax attack on opposition politicians in 2001. Their topics include the outer structure of the Bacillus anthracis spore, the genome, iron acquisition by the bacteria, anthrax toxins, interactions with macrophages, dissemination through hosts, vaccines, and anthrax as a weapon of war and terrorism." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)

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