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Microbial Biofilms. Edition No. 2. ASM Books

  • ID: 5227557
  • Book
  • October 2015
  • 404 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An examination of the research and translational application to prevent and treat biofilm-associated diseases

In the decade since the first edition of Microbial Biofilms was published, the interest in this field has expanded, spurring breakthrough research that has advanced the treatment of biofilm-associated diseases. This second edition takes the reader on an exciting, extensive review of bacterial and fungal biofilms, ranging from basic molecular interactions to innovative therapies, with particular emphasis on the division of labor in biofilms, new approaches to combat the threat of microbial biofilms, and how biofilms evade the host defense.

Chapters written by established investigators cover recent findings, and contributions from investigators new to the field provide unique and fresh insights. Specifically,

Microbial Biofilms provides

  • state-of-the-art research in the field of bacterial and fungal biofilms
  • detailed descriptions of the in vitro and in vivo models available to evaluate microbial biofilms
  • future areas of research and their translational and clinical applications

Microbial Biofilms is a useful reference for researchers and clinicians. It will also provide insight in the dynamic field of microbial biofilms for graduate and postgraduate students.

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Contributors

Preface

Acknowledgments

1 New Technologies for Studying Biofilms

2 Fungal Biofilms: In Vivo Models for Discovery of Anti-Biofilm Drugs

3 Biofilm Development

4 Division of Labor in Biofilms: the Ecology of Cell Differentiation

5 Candida albicans Biofilm Development and Its Genetic Control

6 Candida Biofilms: Development, Architecture, and Resistance

7 Biofilm Formation by Cryptococcus neoformans

8 Aspergillus Biofilm In Vitro and In Vivo

9 Adhesins Involved in Attachment to Abiotic Surfaces by Gram-Negative Bacteria

10 Biofilm Matrix Proteins

11 Bacterial Extracellular Polysaccharides in Biofilm Formation and Function

12 The Biology of the Escherichia coli Extracellular Matrix

13 Antimicrobial Tolerance in Biofilms

14 How Biofilms Evade Host Defenses

15 c-di-GMP and its Effects on Biofilm Formation and Dispersion: a Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Review

16 Mechanisms of Competition in Biofilm Communities

17 Dispersal from Microbial Biofilms

18 Chemical Biology Strategies for Biofilm Control

19 From Biology to Drug Development: New Approaches to Combat the Threat of Fungal Biofilms

Index

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Mahmoud Ghannoum
Matthew Parsek
Marvin Whiteley
Pranab K. Mukherjee
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