MACPF/CDC Proteins - Agents of Defence, Attack and Invasion by Gregor AnderluhMACPF/CDC Proteins - Agents of Defence, Attack and Invasion by Gregor Anderluh

MACPF/CDC Proteins - Agents of Defence, Attack and Invasion

byGregor AnderluhEditorRobert Gilbert

Hardcover | May 19, 2014

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This book focusses on evolutionary, structural and functional aspects of pore-forming proteins, bringing together prominent researchers in the fields of structural biology and cellular and biophysical techniques. The focus is on the MACPF/CDC protein super family that was originally discovered because of unexpected structural similarity between a domain present in bacterial cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDC) and proteins of the membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) family. Members of the MACPF/CDC super family are crucial for many biological processes, being efficient agents of development, defence, attack and invasion of cells and tissues. However, their best-known role is in bacterial pathogenesis and the proper functioning of the vertebrate immune system, via formation of transmembrane pores in target cell membranes.

The book contains chapters on the distribution of MACPF/CDC proteins and on aspects of their evolution and structural properties, the similarities between different super family members and functional properties of some of the best known examples. The book also contains an overview of biophysical approaches that may be used in the future to provide further insights into how these interesting proteins function.

Title:MACPF/CDC Proteins - Agents of Defence, Attack and InvasionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:329 pagesPublished:May 19, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401788804

ISBN - 13:9789401788809

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Table of Contents

Part I: Overview of MACPF/CDCs.- Introduction: Brief Historical Overview.- Distribution of MACPF/CDC proteins.- Evolution of the Complement System.- Part II: Structures of MACPF/CDCs.- Structural Features of Cholesterol Dependent Cytolysins and Comparison to other MACPF-domain containing proteins.- Perfringolysin O Structure and Mechanism of Pore Formation as a Paradigm for Cholesterol-Dependent Cytolysins.- Structural Biology of the Membrane Attack Complex.- Part III: Functional aspect.- Membrane Interactions and Cellular Effects of MACPF/CDC Proteins.- The Biology of Pneumolysin.- Multifaceted Activity of Listeriolysin O, the Cholesterol-Dependent Cytolysin of Listeria monocytogenes.- Perforin - a Key Pore-Forming Protein for Immune Control of Viruses and Cancer.- Perforin and Human Diseases.- The role of MACPF Proteins in the Biology of Malaria and other Apicomplexan Parasites.- Chlamydial MACPF Protein CT153.- Fungal MACPF-Like Proteins and Aegerolysins: Bi-Component Pore-Forming Proteins?.- Fluorescence Imaging of MACPF/CDC Proteins: New Techniques and Their Application.