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Author Firshein, William
Title The Infectious Microbe
Imprint Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2014
©2013
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction to the Infectious Microbe -- A. The Scope of Microbial Life and Infectious Diseases -- B. What Is a Pathogen? -- C. The Relationship between a Pathogen and the Host It Infects Is Complex and Varied -- D. Susceptibility and Virulence Factors Are Closely Related -- E. Major Groups of Pathogens Are Found throughout the Microbial World -- 2. Fundamental Concepts of Biology and Chemistry Help Understand Pathogenicity -- A. Genetics: The Nature of the Gene and Its Chemical Structure (DNA) -- B. Metabolism Consists of Chemical Reactions, without Which Life Would Not Exist -- C. Biological Catalysts (Enzymes) Mediate Every Chemical Reaction in the Cell -- D. Genes Control the Synthesis and Expression of Enzymes (Which Are Proteins) and Hence Control the Functioning of the Cell -- E. The Mechanism of Protein Synthesis Involves a Complex Series of Metabolic Reactions and Cellular Organelles, Starting with DNA, a Related Macromolecule (RNA), and the Ribosome (the Protein-Synthesizing Factory) -- F. Gene Expression is Tightly Regulated to Economize and Preserve Cell Integrity -- G. Genetic Modifications in the Process of Gene Expression in Microbes Are Varied and Complex. They Include Mutations, Transfer Transformation (Recombination) of Genes from One Cell to Another, and Many Other Variations of These Events -- H. Modern Technologies -- 3. History of Microbiology -- A. Voices in the Wilderness -- B. The Golden Age and Modern Era -- 4. Emerging and Reemerging Diseases -- A. Introduction -- B. Definitions -- C. Examples of Each -- D. Role of Antibiotics -- 5. Case Histories -- A. Introduction: Why Are the Following Examples Chosen? -- B. HIV-AIDS: The Plague That Threatens Modern Society -- 1) Origins -- 2) Characteristics -- 3) Versatility -- 4) Structure of Genome -- 5) Treatment
6) Course of Infection -- 7) Conclusions -- C. Tuberculosis: The White Plague, Ancient, But Still Lethal -- 1) Introduction -- 2) Description -- 3) Pathogenicity -- 4) Testing and Virulence Factors -- 5) Treatment -- D. Streptococci and Staphylococci: More Intimacy Than We Desire -- 1) Introduction -- 2) General Descriptions -- 3) Staphylococci -- 4) Toxins -- 5) Staph Diseases -- 6) Treatment -- 7) Streptococci -- 8) Toxins -- 9) Other Streptococci -- E. Ulcers and Helicobacter: The Uncommon Pathogen -- 1) Introduction -- 2) The Organism -- 3) The Disease -- 4) Pathogenicity -- 5) Toxins -- 6) Treatment -- F. Cholera: A Pretty Nasty Beast -- 1) Introduction -- 2) The Organism -- 3) Pathogenicity -- 4) Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Cholera -- 5) The Agony of Haiti -- 6) Conclusions -- G. Influenza: Bird Flu, Swine Flu, and All That Jazz -- 1) Introduction -- 2) The Virus and Pathogenicity -- 3) Spread, Prevention, and Treatment -- 4) Conclusion -- 6. Biofilms: City of Microbes and their Role in Pathogenicity -- A. Introduction -- B. Biofilms and Infectious Diseases -- 7. Biological Terrorism: Myths and Realities -- A. Introduction -- B. Historical Perspective -- C. Bioterrorism Today: State of the Art and Preparedness -- D. Conclusions -- Glossary -- Photo Credits -- Index
Discusses the basic characteristics of infection and the spread of viruses and bacteria, using case studies of six critical diseases
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Firshein, William The Infectious Microbe Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated,c2014 9780199329618
Subject Medical microbiology.;Microbiology
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