The Biology of Mycoplasmas

The Biology of Mycoplasmas

1st Edition - January 28, 1971

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  • Editor: Paul F. Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158398

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The Biology of Mycoplasmas discusses the origins, structure, significance, and dynamics of reproduction and growth of mycoplasmas. It also explains the relationship of mycoplasmas to bacteria and bacterial L-forms as well as to its chemical and physical environment. The book compares mycoplasmas with other group of microorganisms. In this way, it explains the rationale of separating this group from other groups. Aside from describing the organism and its growth and relationships, the book also explains the pathogenicity and significance of mycoplasmas as cells. It also discusses the immunological response to this group of organisms. This book will be invaluable to general biological scientist as well as to undergraduate and graduate students specializing in biology, microbiology, and other related sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Origin s of Mycoplasmas

    A. Historical

    B. Basis for Classification as a Separate Group

    C. Relationship of Mycoplasmas to the Bacterial L Phase


    2. Structure of the Mycoplasmal Cell

    A. Morphology: Its Physical and Chemical Basis

    B. Ultrastructure


    3. Dynamics of Reproduction and Growth

    A. Energy Production

    B. Biosynthesis

    C. Nutrition

    D. Modes of Reproduction

    E. Cell Growth


    4. Relationship of Structure to Function

    A. Cytoplasmic Membrane

    B. The Genome

    C. Function of the Bleb Region


    5. Interaction of Mycoplasmas with Their Environment

    A. Physical Environment

    B. Chemical Environment

    C. Host-Parasite Interactions


    6. Significance of Mycoplasmas as Cells

    A. The Simplest Cellular Model

    B. Evolutionary Development

    C. Mycoplasma-Host Cell Interactions

    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1971
  • Published: January 28, 1971
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158398

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Paul F. Smith

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