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The aim of this book is to provide detailed protocols for studying the molecular biology of the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and its int- actions with host cells. As established mycobacterial laboratories move - wards exploiting the genome, and laboratories with expertise in other fields apply them to mycobacteria, both traditional and novel methodologies need to be reviewed. Thus the chapters in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Protocols range from perspectives on storage of strains and safety issues to the application of the latest functional genomics technologies. The last few years have been remarkable ones for research into M. tuber- losis. The most important landmark by far has been the completion of the genome sequence of the widely studied H37Rv strain (1). We can now predict every protein and RNA molecule made by the pathogen. This information is or will soon be enriched by the addition of genome sequences of other strains from the M. tuberculosis complex: a second strain of M. tuberculosis, My- bacterium bovis, and the vaccine strain, M. bovis BCG. Valuable comparative data will also be provided by the genome sequences of Mycobacterium leprae, Mycobacterium avium, and Streptomyces coelicolor. Another recent milestone for M. tuberculosis has been the development of efficient mutagenesis me- odologies, the lack of which has been a major handicap in functional studies.

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With one-third of the world's population infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, over two million people a year dying from tuberculosis, and the appearance of multidrug-resistant strains, the need to understand the biology of M. tuberculosis, and so to develop new interventions, has become acute. In Mycobacterium tuberculosis Protocols, leading investigators with extensive practical knowledge and experience describe their best methods for studying this dangerous pathogen. Packed with step-by-step instructions to ensure successful results, these methods range from basic handling techniques to the application of functional genomics. These molecular techniques are suitable for research in genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, epidemiology, and diagnostics, and are at the forefront of biological research as a whole, as well as in focused M. tuberculosis research. Highlights include methods for the basic safety and culture of M. tuberculosis, fractionation of the bacterium (nucleic acids, lipids, culture filtrate, and capsule), the analysis of gene expression (start-site mapping, real-time PCR, microarrays, and proteomics), the growth of the bacterium in macrophages and low oxygen, cytological analysis of the bacteria, and diagnostics. Highly practical and accessible, Mycobacterium tuberculosis Protocols utilizes advanced functional genomics and mutagenesis methodologies to provide both experimental and clinical investigators all the powerful techniques needed to illuminate the molecular biology of tuberculosis and its interactions with host cells, and so drive work on the wide variety of emerging therapeutic opportunities.


Plasmid Vectors
Nicola Casali and Sabine Ehrt

Isolation of DNA from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Paul D. van Helden, Thomas C. Victor, Robin M. Warren, and Eileen G. van Helden

Extraction of RNA from Intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Methods, Considerations, and Applications
Irene M. Monahan, Joseph A. Mangan, and Philip D. Butcher

Transposon Mutagenesis in Mycobacteria Using Conditionally Replicating Mycobacteriophages
Stoyan S. Bardarov, Svetoslav S. Bardarov, Jr., and William R. Jacobs, Jr

Gene Replacement and Transposon Delivery Using the Negative Selection Marker sacB
Mary Jackson, Luis Reinaldo Camacho, Brigitte Gicquel, and Christophe Guilhot

Gene Replacement Using Pretreated DNA
Bhavna G. Gordhan and Tanya Parish

Gene Replacement in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis BCG Using rpsL+ as a Dominant Negative Selectable Marker
Peter Sander, Burkhard Springer, and Erik C. Böttger

Transcription Start-Site Mapping
Farahnaz Movahedzadeh, Jorge A. Gonzalez-Y-Merchand, and Robert A. Cox

Fluorescence and Brightfield Cytology of Live M. tuberculosis Cells
Rory P. Cooney, Natalie J. Garton, and Michael R. Barer

Phage Replication Technology for Diagnosis and Drug Susceptibility Testing
Ruth McNerney

Detection of Mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by a Dot Blot Hybridization Strategy
Thomas C. Victor and Paul D. van Helden

Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Typing of Mycobacteria
Dick van Soolingen, Petra E. W. de Haas, and Kristin Kremer

Preparation of Culture Filtrate Proteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Ida Rosenkrands and Peter Andersen

Analysis of the Capsule of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Mamadou Daffé and Marie-Antoinette Lanéelle

Analysis of the Lipids of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Richard A. Slaydenand Clifton E. Barry, 3rd

In Vitro Model of Hypoxically Induced Nonreplicating Persistence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Lawrence G. Wayne

Macrophage Virulence Assays
Pauline T. Lukey and Elizabeth U. Hooker

Analysis of Mycobacterium-Infected Macrophages by Immunoelectron Microscopy and Cell Fractionation
Wandy Beatty and David G. Russell

Real-Time PCR Using Molecular Beacons: A New Tool to Identify Point Mutations and to Analyze Gene Expression in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Riccardo Manganelli, Sanjay Tyagi, and Issar Smith

Electronic Access to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Sequence Data
Julian Parkhill

Joanna C. Betts and Marjorie A. Smith

Functional Genomics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Using DNA Microarrays
Michael Wilson, Martin Voskuil, Dirk Schnappinger, and Gary K. Schoolnik

Storage of Mycobacterial Strains
Kristin Kremer, Tridia van der Laan, and Dick van Soolingen

Safety in the Laboratory
Heidi Alderton and Debbie Smith


ISBN-13: 9781617371844
Publisher: Springer (Humana Press)
Publication date: October, 2010
Pages: 420
Weight: 615g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Infectious Diseases
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...a very useful book for the mycobacteria research community. It is a specialist's cookbook, perfect if you want to establish a new method that is outside your scope of expertise. Individual chapters are clearly divided into introduction, materials, methods and an extensive list of notes. -- International Journal of Medical Microbiology

"For those engaged in mycobacterial research (and possibly other unrelated genera) which involves genetics, biochemistry and immunology, this textbook is essential and, moreover, I would recommend it as reading material for students undertaking molecular biology experimentation." -Today's Life Science