Bacteria As Multicellular Organisms

Hardcover | January 1, 1997

EditorJames A. Shapiro, Martin Dworkin

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Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms is the first book devoted specifically to multicellular aspects of bacterial life. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which treats bacteria as autonomous single cells, this book shows how bacteria are sentient, interactive organisms with an unexpectedly broadrepertoire of chemical and physical mechanisms for signalling each other and organizing themselves into multicellular aggregates with novel properties. The book has been compiled from reports by specialists in a variety of disciplines from genetics and microbiology to environmental engineering andbiotechnology. This interdisciplinary approach reflects the growing importance of bacteria as key experimental material for investigating phenomena common to many fields in contemporary science: communication, complexity, self-organization, and pattern formation. The impact of bacterialmulticellularity will affect such diverse areas as evolutionary population biology, non-linear dynamics, and information science.

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Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms is the first book devoted specifically to multicellular aspects of bacterial life. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which treats bacteria as autonomous single cells, this book shows how bacteria are sentient, interactive organisms with an unexpectedly broadrepertoire of chemical and physical mechanis...

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Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms is the first book dedicated to the multicellular behavior of microbes. This work goes beyond the traditional view of bacteria as single, autonomous cells and instead approaches bacteria as sentient, interactive organisms capable of significant collective activity. The cooperative and coordinated beha...

James A. Shapiro is at University of Chicago. Martin Dworkin is at University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PART I: Conceptual Developments1. M. Dworkin: Multiculturalism vs. the single microbe,2. J.A. Shapiro: Multicellularity is the rule, not the exception: Lessons from E. coli colonies,PART II: Intercellular Communication3. R.E. Ruhfel, B.A.B. Leonard, and G.M. Dunny: Pheromone-inducible conjugation in Enterococcus faecalis: mating interactions mediated by chemical signals and direct contact,4. P.V. Dunlap: N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone autoinducers in bacteria: unity and diversity expanding the prokaryotic paradigm: E. coli colonies teach us that multicellularity is the rule rather than the exception,PART III: Multicellular Lifestyles5. D.G. Adams: Cyanobacteria,6. K.F. Chater and R. Losick: The mycelial life-style of Streptomyces Coelicolor A3(2) and its relatives,7. R. Belas: Proteus mirabilis and other swarming bacteria,8. L.J. Shimkets and M. Dworkin: Myxobacterial multicellularity,9. P.E. Kohlenbrander: Oral microbiology and coaggregation,PART IV: Examining Multicellular Populations10. B. Hauer abd H. Eipel: Flow cytometry: a useful tool for analyzing bacterial populations cell by cell,11. N.K. Fry, L. Raskin, R. Sharp, E.W. Alm, B.K. Mobarry, and D.A Stahl: In situ analyses of microbial populations with molecular probes: the phylogenetic dimension,PART V: A More Physical View of Bacterial Multicellularity12. N.H. Mendelson, B. Salhi, and C. Li: Physical and Genetic consequences of multicellularity in Bacillus subtilis,13. M. Matsushita: The formulation of colony patterns by a bacterial cell population,14. E. Ben-Jacob and I. Cohen: Cooperative formation of bacterial patterns,15. J.O Kessler and M.F. Wojciechowski: The collective behavior and dynamics of swimming bacteria,

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"The editors of this volume argue persuasively that the field of microbiology is undergoing major changes in research perspective. . . . This book is generally well written and is accessible to both specialists and a wider audience." --The Quarterly Review of Biology