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Microsporidia: Pathogens of Opportunity




Microsporidia: Pathogens of Opportunity

Louis M. Weiss, James J. Becnel

ISBN: 978-1-118-39523-3 July 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 728 Pages


Microsporidia: Pathogens of Opportunity provides a systematic overview of the biology of microsporidia. Written by leading experts in the field, the book combines background and basic information on microsporidia with descriptive methods and resources for working with the pathogen.

Newly revised and updated for its second edition, Microsporidia will continue to be the standard text reference for these pathogenic protists, and is an indispensable research resource for biologists,
physicians and parasitologists.

This new edition of this publication provides systematic reviews of the biology of this pathogen by leading experts in the field, and will be combined with descriptions of the methods and resources for working with this pathogen.

• Provides a comprehensive summary of literature on microsporidia and microsporidiosis

• The long-awaited update to the standard microsporidia reference text The Microsporidia and Microsporidiosis

• Written by an international team of authors representing each of the main research groups working on microsporidia

• Chapters provide comprehensive overviews of general methodology as well as special techniques related to these organisms

Contributors xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

1. Structure of Microsporidia 1
Jiří Vávra and J. I. Ronny Larsson

2. Developmental Morphology and Life Cycles of the Microsporidia 71
Ann Cali and Peter M. Takvorian

3. Epidemiology of Microsporidia in Human Infections 135
Ronald Fayer and Monica Santin-Duran

4. Epizootiology of Microsporidiosis in Invertebrate Hosts 165
Leellen F. Solter

5. Phylogenetic Place of Microsporidia in the Tree of Eukaryotes 195
Patrick J. Keeling

6. Phylogeny of the Microsporidia 203
Charles R. Vossbrinck, Bettina A. Debrunner-Vossbrinck and Louis M. Weiss

7. Microsporidian Genome Structure and Function 221
Patrick J. Keeling, Naomi M. Fast and Nicolas Corradi

8. Sex and the Microsporidia 231
Soo Chan Lee, Joseph Heitman and Joseph E. Ironside

9. Microsporidian Biochemistry and Physiology 245
Bryony A. P. Williams, Viacheslav V. Dolgikh and Yuliya Y. Sokolova

10. The Microsporidian Polar Tube and Spore Wall 261
Louis M. Weiss, Frédéric Delbac, J. Russell Hayman, Guoqing Pan, Xiaoqun Dang and Zeyang Zhou

11. The Immunology of Microsporidiosis in Mammals 307
Elizabeth S. Didier and Imtiaz A. Khan

12. Mammalian Animal Models of Human Microsporidiosis 327
Elizabeth S. Didier

13. Microsporidia Infections in Caenorhabditis elegans and Other Nematodes 341
Malina A. Bakowski, Robert J. Luallen and Emily R. Troemel

14. The Zebrafish as a Model for Microsporidiosis 357
Justin L. Sanders and Michael L. Kent

15. Clinical Syndromes Associated with Microsporidiosis 371
Louis M. Weiss

16. Ocular Microsporidiosis 403
Savitri Sharma, Praveen K. Balne and Sujata Das

17. Laboratory Diagnosis of Microsporidia 421
Kaya Ghosh, David Schwartz and Louis M. Weiss

18. Culture and Propagation of Microsporidia 457
Robert Molestina, James J. Becnel and Louis M. Weiss

19. Microsporidia in Higher Vertebrates 469
Karen F. Snowden

20. Microsporidia in Fish 493
Michael L. Kent, Ross W. Shaw and Justin L. Sanders

21. Microsporidia in Insects 521
James J. Becnel and Theodore G. Andreadis

22. Microsporidia, Honeybees, and Colony Collapse Disorder 571
Ingemar Fries

23. Microsporidia in Aquatic Invertebrates 579
Grant D. Stentiford and Alison M. Dunn

24. The Primitive Microsporidia 605
J. I. Ronny Larsson

25. Microsporidia Biological Control Agents and Pathogens of Beneficial Insects 635
Susan Bjørnson and David Oi

Appendix A. Checklist of Available Generic Names for Microsporidia with Type Species and Type Hosts 671
James J. Becnel, Peter M. Takvorian and Ann Cali

Appendix B. MicrosporidiaDB: the Functional Genomic Resource for Microsporidia 687
Omar S. Harb (on behalf of the EuPathDB group)

Index 695

“This book represents a massive undertaking, involved 47 contributors, is splendidly produced and illustrated, and is surely destined to be the reference on the phylum for the foreseeable future. It really opened my eyes to the enormous diversity and importance of these “newcomers” to kingdom Fungi, and I have no doubt that most mycologists will have a similar reaction.”  (IMA Fungus, 1 December 2014)