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Horizontal Gene Transfer

Breaking Borders Between Living Kingdoms

Editors: Villa, Tomas G., Viñas, Miguel (Eds.)

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  • Covers gene transfer between prokaryotes and their viruses, and between bacteria and eukaryotes 
    Provides insights into environmental adaptation and genome evolution 
    Discusses the relevance of horizontal gene transfer for health and disease

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The book focuses on the evolutionary impact of horizontal gene transfer processes on pathogenicity, environmental adaptation and biological speciation. Newly acquired genetic material has been considered as a driving force in evolution for prokaryotic genomes for many years, with recent technical developments advancing this field further. However, the extent and implications of gene transfer between prokaryotes and eukaryotes still raise controversies.

This multi-authored volume introduces various means by which DNA can be exchanged, covers gene transfer between prokaryotes and their viruses as well as between bacteria and eukaryotes, such as fungi, plants and animals, and addresses the role of horizontal gene transfer in human diseases. Aspects discussed also include the relevance for virulence and drug resistance development on one hand, and for the occurrence of naturally derived antibiotics and other secondary metabolites on the other hand. 

This book offers new insights to anyone interested in genome evolution and the exchange of DNA between the different domains of life, the genetic toolkit for adaptation and the emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria. 

About the authors

Profs T.G. Villa and M. Viñas are full Professors of Microbiology at the Universities of Santiago of Compostela and Barcelona at the Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine, respectively. For over 30 years they have been engaged in the teaching of General Microbiology including Genetics, Physiology, and taxonomy of Bacteria and lower eukaryotes to undergraduate and graduate students and also attending a variety of postdoctoral students. They are the authors of many papers concerning original research both in prokaryotes and eukaryotes as well as of many books on Microbiology. They are regular contributors to Springer books with different topics during the last years.​

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteria, an Overview of the Mechanisms Involved

    Pages 3-76

    Villa, T. G. (et al.)

  • Alternative Ways to Exchange DNA: Unconventional Conjugation Among Bacteria

    Pages 77-96

    Blesa, Alba (et al.)

  • Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Bacteriophages and Bacteria: Antibiotic Resistances and Toxin Production

    Pages 97-142

    Villa, T. G. (et al.)

  • Genomic Islands and the Evolution of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

    Pages 143-153

    Juhas, Mario

  • Horizontal Gene Transfer and Genome Evolution in the Phylum Actinobacteria

    Pages 155-174

    Park, Cooper J. (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21862-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21861-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Horizontal Gene Transfer
Book Subtitle
Breaking Borders Between Living Kingdoms
Editors
  • Tomas G. Villa
  • Miguel Viñas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21862-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21862-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21861-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 425
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
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