Myxobacteria: Development and Cell Interactions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461382829
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Springer Series in Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1984
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Myxobacteria: A Most Peculiar Group of Social Prokaryotes.- Gliding Motility.- Morphogenesis.- Intercellular Communication.- Ecology.- Physiology, Isolation, and Cultivation.- Phylogeny and Taxonomy.- 2. Structure and Function of Myxobacteria Cells and Fruiting Bodies.- Structure of Vegetative Cells and Myxospores.- Structure of Fruiting Bodies.- Conclusions.- 3. Genome of Myxococcus xanthus.- Coordination of DNA Replication with Cell Division.- Base Composition.- Genome Size.- DNA Methylation.- Phase Variation and DNA Rearrangement.- Small Homogeneous DNA Fragment in Total Chromosomal DNA Preparations.- Conclusion.- Note Added in Pages.- 4. Nutrition, Metabolism, and the Initiation of Development.- Nutrition.- Intermediary Metabolism.- Regulation of Nutritional Downshift in Other Bacteria.- Nutritional Control of Fruiting Body Formation.- Intercellular Communication in Other Bacteria.- Intercellular Signals Initiating Development of Myxobacteria.- Conclusion.- 5. Antibiotics and Lytic Enzymes.- Lytic Phenomena.- Lytic Agents Produced by Myxobacteria.- Role of Lytic Enzymes and Antibiotics in Nutrition.- Development: Role of Lytic Enzymes and Antibiotics.- 6. Pigments of Myxobacteria.- Chemical Structures and Biosynthesis.- Physiology.- 7. Gliding Motility and Taxes.- Description of Movements.- Biological, Physical and Chemical Conditions that Affect Gliding.- Gliding Motility Mutants.- Mechanistic Theories of Myxobacterial Gliding.- Tactic Responses.- Conclusion.- Acknowledgments.- 8. Genetics of Myxobacteria.- Transducing Phages and Transduction.- Transposon Tn5 in Myxococcus xanthus.- Gene Mapping by Cotransduction.- Tandem Duplications.- Cloning Myxobacterial Genes.- Extracellular Complementation.- Summary.- Acknowledgment.- 9. Developmental Program of Myxococcus xanthus.- Development in Myxococcus xanthus.- Biochemical Markers of Development.- Analysis of the Developmental Program with Mutants.- Outlines of a Developmental Program.- Acknowledgments.- 10. Social Adaptations in Myxobacteria.- Group Selection and Individual Selection.- Social Behavior During Growth.- Social Behavior During Development.- Conclusion.- 11. Research on the Myxobacteria: Past, Present, Future.- The Distant Past.- The Recent Past.- The Present.- The Future of Myxobacterial Research.- Conclusion.- Acknowledgments.- Appendix A. Selected Reviews on Myxobacteria.- Appendix D. Techniques for Culturing Stigmatella.- References.

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