Essential Concepts in Molecular Pathology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123744180, 9780080922188

Essential Concepts in Molecular Pathology

1st Edition

Editors: William Coleman Gregory Tsongalis
eBook ISBN: 9780080922188
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123744180
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th February 2010
Page Count: 462
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This streamlined "essential" version of the Molecular Pathology (2009) textbook extracts key information, illustrations and photographs from the main textbook in the same number and organization of chapters. It is aimed at teaching students in courses where the full textbook is not needed, but the concepts included are desirable (such as graduate students in allied health programs or undergraduates). It is also aimed at students who are enrolled in courses that primarily use a traditional pathology textbook, but need the complementary concepts of molecular pathology (such as medical students). Further, the textbook will be valuable for pathology residents and other postdoctoral fellows who desire to advance their understanding of molecular mechanisms of disease beyond what they learned in medical/graduate school.

Key Features

  • Offers an essential introduction to molecular genetics and the "molecular" aspects of human disease
  • Teaches from the perspective of "integrative systems biology," which encompasses the intersection of all molecular aspects of biology, as applied to understanding human disease
  • In-depth presentation of the principles and practice of molecular pathology: molecular pathogenesis, molecular mechanisms of disease, and how the molecular pathogenesis of disease parallels the evolution of the disease using histopathology.
  • "Traditional" pathology section provides state-of-the-art information on the major forms of disease, their pathologies, and the molecular mechanisms that drive these diseases.
  • Explains the practice of "molecular medicine" and the translational aspects of molecular pathology: molecular diagnostics, molecular assessment, and personalized medicine
  • Each chapter ends with Key Summary Points and Suggested Readings


Graduate students in allied health programs, medical students, undergraduate students; pathology residents and other postdoctoral residents and fellows interested in the molecular mechanisms of disease.

Table of Contents

PART I Essential Pathology - Mechanisms of Disease

Chapter 1 Cell Injury, Cell Death, and Cellular Adaptation

John J. Lemasters, M.D., Ph.D.


Chapter 2 Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Vladislav Dolgachev, Ph.D. and Nicholas W. Lukacs, Ph.D.

Chapter 3 Infection and Host Response

Sheldon M. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D. and Margret Oethinger, M.D.,Ph.D.


Chapter 4 Neoplasia

William B. Coleman, Ph.D., and Tara Rubinas, M.D.

PART II Concepts in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Chapter 5 Basic Concepts in Human Molecular Genetics

W. Edward Highsmith, Ph.D., and Kara A. Mensink, M.S., C.G.C.

Chapter 6 The Human Genome: Implications for the Understanding of Human Disease

William B. Coleman, Ph.D, Gregory J. Tsongalis, Ph.D. and Ashley Rivenbark, M.D.

Chapter 7 The Human Transcriptome: Implications for the Understanding of Human Disease

Reinhold Schafer, Ph.D., Matthias E. Futschik, Ph.D., Wolfgang Kemmner, Ph.D., and Christine Sers, Ph.D.


Chapter 8 The Human Epigenome: Implications for the Understanding of Human Disease

Manel Esteller, Ph.D. and Maria Berdasco, Ph.D.

Chapter 9 The Human Proteome: Implications for the Understanding of Human Disease

Lance Liotta, Ph.D., Virginia Espina, Claudia Fredolini, Weidong Zhou, and Emanuel Petricoin

Chapter 10 Integrative Systems Biology: Implications for the Understanding of Human Disease

M. Michael Barmada, Ph.D. and David C. Whitcomb


PART III Principles and Practice of Molecular Pathology

Chapter 11 Pathology: The Clinical Description of Human Disease

William K. Funkhouser, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 12 Molecular Pathogenesis: The Biological Basis of Human Disease

William B. Coleman, Ph.D, and Gregory J. Tsongalis, Ph.D.

Chapter 13 Integration of Molecular and Cellular Pathogenesis

Jason H. Moore, Ph.D., and C. Harker Rhodes, M.D.


PART IV Molecular Pathology of Human Disease

Chapter 14 Molecular Basis of Cardiovascular Disease

Avrum I. Gotlieb, M.D.C.M. and Amber Chang Liu


Chapter 15 Molecular Basis of Hemostatic and Thrombotic Diseases

Nigel S. Key, M.D., and Alice Ma, M.D.

Chapter 16 Molecular Basis of Lymphoid and Myeloid Diseases

Dong-Er Zhang, Ph.D. and Joseph Biggs, Ph.D.


Chapter 17 Molecular Basis of Diseases of Immunity

David O. Beenhouwer, Ph.D.

Chapter 18 Molecular Basis of Pulmonary Disease

Dani S. Zander, M.D., and Carol Farver, M.D.


Chapter 19 Molecular Basis of Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Antonio Sepulveda, M.D., Ph.D. and Dara L. Aisner, M.D., Ph.D.


Chapter 20 Molecular Basis of Liver Disease

Satdarshan P. Singh Monga, M.D. and Jaideep Behari, M.D.

Chapter 21 Molecular Basis of Diseases of the Exocrine Pancreas

Markus M. Lerch, M.D.

Chapter 22 Molecular Basis of Diseases of the Endocrine System

Malcolm M. Martin, M.D., Arlene L. Martin, M.D., Alan L.Y. Pang, Ph.D., and Wai-Yee Chan, Ph.D.

Chapter 23 Molecular Basis of Gynecologic Diseases

Samuel Chi-ho Mok, Ph.D., Kwong-Kwok Wong, Ph.D., Karen Lu, M.D., Karl Munger, Ph.D., and Zoltan Nagymanyoki, Ph.D.

Chapter 24 Molecular Pathogenesis of Diseases of the Kidney

Amy K. Mottl, M.D., M.P.H., and Carla Nester, M.D., M.S.A.

Chapter 25 Molecular Basis of Prostate Disease

William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., Angelo M. De Marzo, M.D., Ph.D., and Carlise R. Bethel, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 26 Molecular Basis of Breast Disease

Christos Sotiriou, M.D., Ph.D., Natasha Snoj, Phuong Dinh, and Philippe Bedard

Translational Research Unit, Jules Bordet Institute, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Chapter 27 Molecular Basis of Skin Disease

John A. McGrath, Ph.D., and Vesarat Wessagowit, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 28 Molecular Basis of Diseases of the Nervous System

Joshua A. Sonnen, M.D., C. Dirk Keene, M.D., Robert F. Hevner, M.D., and Thomas J. Montine, M.D., Ph.D.


PART V Practice of Molecular Medicine

Chapter 29 Molecular Diagnosis of Human Disease

Grant Bullock, M.D., Ph.D., and Lawrence M. Silverman, Ph.D.


Chapter 30 Molecular Assessment of Human Disease in the Clinical Laboratory

Gregory J. Tsongalis, Ph.D. and Joel A. Lefferts, M.D.

Chapter 31 Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine in the Treatment of Human Disease

Gregory J. Tsongalis, Ph.D. and Hong Kee Lee, Ph.D.


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About the Editor

William Coleman

William B. Coleman, PhD is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Graduate Studies for the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill, NC). Dr. Coleman is co-director of the UNC Program in Translational Medicine, and co-director of the Environmental Pathology Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program. In addition, he is affiliated with the Curriculum in Toxicology and is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Coleman is actively involved in teaching biomedical graduate students and is a three-time recipient of the Joe W. Grisham Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching from the Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Coleman is active in the leadership of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, and is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research. He serves on the editorial boards of Clinica Chimica Acta, The American Journal of Pathology, Experimental and Molecular Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Laboratory Investigation, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for 48 other journals. Dr. Coleman’s major research interests are in the molecular pathogenesis of human cancers, with a specific interest in breast cancer epigenetics, liver carcinogenesis, and lung cancer biology. His research has been funded by the NIH/NCI, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Coleman is the author of over 100 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Coleman has co-edited or co-authored six books on topics related to molecular pathology, molecular diagnostics, and the molecular pathogenesis of human cancer.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Gregory Tsongalis

Dr. Tsongalis’s research interests are in the pathogenesis of solid tumors, disease association of SNP genotyping and personalized medicine. He has authored/edited eight textbooks in the field of molecular pathology, published more than 170 peer reviewed manuscripts, and has been an invited speaker at both national and international meetings. Dr. Tsongalis has been the recipient of numerous investigator/scientist awards. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals including Clinical Chemistry, the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pathology, Director, Molecular Pathology, and Co-Director Translational Research Program, Department of Pathology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA