Biology of Pathogenic Actinobacteria: Nocardia and Allied Genera

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The potential role of actinobacteria at the frontiers of mammalian infectious diseases is often misapprehended. Most often they are overlooked, and their involvement conceivably cascades into the gray zones of routine diagnostic bacteriology and medical mycology. This chapter provides an impression of the unique structure, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy of pathogenic actinobacteria, with emphasis on the genus Nocardia. It explores the relatively undermined pathogenic prospect of members of this group. It begins with various phenotypic attributes such as morphology, physiology, growth requirements, and virulence profiles. It encompasses various diagnostic modalities, susceptibility profiles, protocols, and algorithms for phenotypic and genotypic identification. Towards the end, it comprehends the clinical significance, and management of actinobacteria associated infections will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationActinobacteria: Diversity and Biotechnological Applications
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780444639950
ISBN (Print)9780444639943
Publication statusPublished - 09-02-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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