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  • Editor: I Gunsalus
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146838

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The Bacteria: A Treatise on Structure and Function, Volume V: Heredity explores the role of bacterial genetics in heredity. The book includes chapters on genetic fine structure, genetic replication, and gene-enzyme relationships, along with gene transduction, bacterial episomes, and genetic recombination. This volume is organized into 10 chapters and begins with an overview of conjugation as a mechanism of genetic exchange in bacterial species such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhosa, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vibrio cholera, and Serratia marcescens. The book then discusses transduction, its uses and evolutionary implications, and the nature of the transducing particle as well as the transduction of galactose genes by bacteriophage lambda. The reader is also introduced to transformation and its use in genetic analysis, along with bacterial episomes and genetic transfer; genetic recombination and other genetic phenomena in streptomycetes; and DNA replication. The book concludes by explaining how bacteria should be defined from a biological standpoint. This book is a valuable source of information for geneticists, biochemists, biologists, and research workers involved in the biological sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors to Volume V


    Contents of Volume I

    Contents of Volume II

    Contents of Volume III

    Contents of Volume IV

    1. Conjugation in Bacteria

    I. Introduction

    II. Conjugation in Escherichia coli K12

    III. Other Systems of Conjugation

    IV. Union between Donor and Recipient Cells

    V. Chromosome Transfer during Conjugation

    VI. Transfer of Nonchromosomal Material during Conjugation

    VII. Genetic Recombination


    2. Transduction

    I . Discovery and General Features

    II. Nature of the Transducing Particle

    III. Transduction of the Galactose Genes by Bacteriophage λ

    IV. General Transduction

    V. Effects of Irradiation on Transduction

    VI. Uses of Transduction

    VII. Evolutionary Implications

    VIII. Review Articles on Transduction


    3. Transformation

    I . The Definition of Transformation and the Facts on Which It Stands

    II. The Quantitative Study of Transformation

    III. The Present Extent of Transformation

    IV. The Required Background Knowledge on DNA

    V. Analysis of the Transformation Process

    VI. Transformation as a Tool in Genetic Analysis


    4. Bacterial Episomes

    I. Introduction: The Episome Concept

    II. General Properties of Bacterial Episomes

    III. The Bacterial Episomes

    IV. Episomic Mediation of Genetic Transfer

    V. Episome-Episome Interactions

    VI. Episomic Elements, Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms, and the Evolutionary Scheme


    5. Genetic Recombination in Streptomyces

    I. Introduction

    II. Gene Recombination in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)

    III. Genetic Phenomena in Other Streptomycetes

    IV. Streptomyces Genetics and Antibiotic Production

    V. Genetic Systems of Streptomycetes and Eubacteria


    6. Genetic Fine Structure in Bacteria

    I. Introduction

    II. Correlation of the Gene with the Ultimate Genetic Units of Recombination, Function, and Mutation

    III. Translation of Genetic Information and Biochemical Function

    IV. Genetic Interactions


    7. Molecular Aspects of the Gene: Replication Mechanisms

    I. Introduction

    II. Structure and Chemistry of the Genetic Material

    III. Replication of DNA


    8. Gene-Enzyme Relationships

    I. Introduction

    II. Genetic Control of Protein Structure and Function

    III. Gene Interactions and Enzyme Formation and Activity

    IV. General Conclusion


    9. Compositional Variation and Heterogeneity of Nucleic Acids and Protein in Bacteria

    I. Introduction

    II. DNA Base Composition

    III. Base Composition of RNA

    IV. Amino Acid Composition of Protein

    V. Discussion


    10. Toward a Definition of the Bacteria

    I. Historical Background of the Problem

    II. Organization of Functional Subunits in Eucaryotic and Procaryotic Cells

    III. Nuclear Structure and Reproduction in Procaryotic Organisms

    IV. The Organization of Respiratory and Photosynthetic Function in Procaryotic Cells

    V. Structures Associated with Procaryotic Cellular Movement

    VI. The Chemical Structure of the Wall in Procaryotic Cells

    VII. The Common Denominators of Eucaryotic and Procaryotic Cells

    VIII. Evolutionary Implications


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 534
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146838

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