Microsporidia Pathogens of Opportunity

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  • Copyright: 2014-05-19
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Microsporidia: Pathogens of Opportunity provides a systematic overview of the biology of this important pathogen. 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. The first edition of this book was published in 1999 and was the first systematic review of information that had accumulated on these pathogens since the publication of a 2 monograph series in Comparative Pathobiology in 1977. In the last decade there have been tremendous strides in our understanding of the biology of the Microsporidia. This has included the development of new information on genomics and proteomics of this organism as well as a new understanding of the population biology and genetic diversity of this organism. The new edition of this publication will provide systematic reviews of the biology of this pathogen by leading experts in the field. This will be combined with descriptions of the methods and resources for working with this pathogen.

Author Biography

Louis M. Weiss, M.D., M.P.H. is an attending physician at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, and at the Bronx Municipal Hospital, where he also serves as a consulting physician in parasitology and tropical medicine. Dr. Weiss is a peer reviewer for numerous journals including the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Parasitology Research, and Clinical Infectious Disease. The author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Weiss has contributed chapters and monographs to dozens of books in the field, andis a co-editor of five previous books on parasitology and infectious disease.

James J. Becnel, Ph.D, is Lead Scientist and Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Becnel serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Invertebrate Pathology and Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, and has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers on parasitology and entomology related topics.

Table of Contents

3. Table of Contents (Proposed)

Preface: Perspective on the microsporidia. Louis M. Weiss (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and James J. Becnel (USDA-ARS)

1. Structural Morphology of the microsporidia. Jiri Vavra (Charles University, Czech Republic) and J.I. Ronny Larsson (University of Lund, Sweden)

2. Developmental morphology and life cycles of the microsporidia. Ann Cali (Rutgers University) and Peter M. Tavorkian (Rutgers University)

3. Phylogeny of the Microsporidia. Charles R. Vossbrinck (The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station), J.I. Ronny Larsson (University of Lund, Sweden), Naomi Fast (University of British Columbia)

4. The Microsporidian Genome Insights and Relationships: Patrick Keeling (University of British Columbia) and Nicolas Corradi (University of Ottawa)

5. Sex and the Microsporidia. Joe Heitman (Duke University) and Joesph Ironside (Aberystwyth, UK),

6. Microsporidian biochemistry and physiology. V. Dolgikh (All-Russian Institute for Plant Protection). Bryony Williams (University of Exeter) and Julia.Sokolova (Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Sciences, Center for Biological Sciences)

7. The Microsporidian Polar Tube and Spore Wall.. Louis M. Weiss, Russel Hayman (East Tennessee State University), Frédéric Delbac (Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal)
and Zeyang Zhou (Chongqing Normal University, China)

8. The immunology of microsporidiosis. Elizabeth S. Didier (Tulane University) and Imitaz Khan (George Washington University)

9. Vertebrate Animal Models of Microsporidiosis: Elizabeth S. Didier (Tulane University)

10. Caenorhabditis elegenas as a model system for microsporidiosis. Emily R. Troemel (University of California at San Diego)

11. The Zebrafish as a model system for microsporidiosis. Michael L. Kent (Oregon State University)

12. Clinical syndromes associated with microsporidiosis. Louis M. Weiss (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and Jan Orenstein (George Washington University)

13. Ocular microsporidiosis. Ashok Kumar Reddy (Jhaveri Microbiology Centre, Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation)

14. Laboratory diagnosis of microsporidiosis. Rainer Weber (University Hospital Zurich), David A. Schwartz (Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital), and Peter Deplazes (University of Zurich)

15. Culture, propagation and molecular identification of microsporidia. Govinda S. Visvesvara (Centers for Disease Control) and Louis M. Weiss (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

16. Microsporidia in higher vertebrates. Karen F. Snowden (Texas A&M University)

17. Microsporida in fish. Michael L. Kent (Oregon State University)

18. Microsporidia in insects. James J. Becnel (USDA-ARS) and Theodore G. Andreadis (The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station)

19. Microsporidia, Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder: Itemar Fries (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

20. Microsporidia in invertebrates. Grant Stentiford (European Community Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Weymouth Laboratory, Dorset, UK)

21. The Primitive Microsporidia. J.I. Ronny Larsson (University of Lund, Sweden)

22. Epidemiology of microsporidiosis. Ron Fayer (USDA) and Leellen Solter (Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois).

23. Microsporidia Biological Control Agents and Pathogens of Beneficial Insects. Steve Valles (USDA) and Sussan Bjornson (Saint Mary's University Nova Scotia)

24. Therapy of Microsporidiosis. Louis M. Weiss (Albert Einstein), Michael L. Kent (Oregon State University) and James J. Becnel (USDA-ARS)


Appendix: checklist of available generic names for microsporidia with type species and type hosts. James J. Becnel (USDA-ARS)



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