Pathogenic Fungi: Host Interactions and Emerging Strategies for Control | BookPublisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Gioconda San-Blas and Richard A. Calderone
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Caracas, Venezuela and Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Pages: x + 470
Publication date: June 2004
Price: GB £219 or US $319Buy book
During the past decade we have witnessed a mushrooming of papers in the area of medical mycology; detailing major advances in areas such as genomics, molecular and cellular biology, molecular epidemiology, immune response and vaccine development, and strategies to combat infections in humans. This sheer volume of information makes it extremely difficult for the busy research scientist and/or teacher of medical mycology to keep abreast of all the latest advances. This book, together with its companion volume Pathogenic Fungi: Structural Biology and Taxonomy, brings together expert international authors who critically review current topics, and through the provision of extensive reference sections positively encourage readers to pursue the subject in greater detail.
The book is divided into two sections: Fungal Interactions with the Host and Antifungal Antibiotics. The emphasis of the first section is focused on the two-way recognition systems that exist between the host and the fungus. Experts in fungal-host interactions discuss new initiatives for alternatives to drug therapy through the development of vaccines and passive antibody therapy. In the Antifungal Antibiotics section, new target development, molecular modelling, and drug resistance, both at the individual organism level, and in a biofilm, are featured.
Essential reading for everyone with an interest in medical mycology including: mycologists, biotechnologists, molecular biologists, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
"Each chapter of this book is a critical review of current knowledge on the topic in question, with an extensive bibliography" from CAB International (2004).
"These two companion books have brought together an international group of authors who have provided comprehensive reviews of the current understanding about pathogenic fungi ... They will be important additions to departmental and institutional libraries" from Microbiology Today (2005).
"... this book is extremely interesting and undoubtedly represents an enrichment to every private or public library used for theoretic or clinical mycology" from Expert Rev. Anti Infect. Ther. (2005) 3(1) 7-8.
"From the outset let it be stated clearly, unambiguously and emphatically: these are two truly excellent books; the best in the field I have seen in many years. There is not a single weak chapter to be found in either volume. The writing is first class, and the authors provide thought-provoking, critical ideas as well as up-to-date, very comprehensive coverage of their topics." from Mycological Research (2005) 109: 126-127.
"... essential and inspiring reading." from Mycological Research (2005) 109: 126-127.
"highly recommended" from Aus. J. Med. Sci. (2006) 27(3) 122-123.
(EAN: 9780954246488 Subjects: [microbiology] [medical microbiology] [molecular microbiology] [mycology] )
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