Between Pathogenicity and Commensalism

  • Ulrich Dobrindt
  • Jörg H. Hacker
  • Catharina Svanborg

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 358)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andreas Leimbach, Jörg Hacker, Ulrich Dobrindt
    Pages 3-32
  3. John O’Callaghan, Paul W. O’Toole
    Pages 119-154
  4. Brian Henderson, Andrew Martin
    Pages 155-213
  5. Vicente Pérez-Brocal, Amparo Latorre, Andrés Moya
    Pages 215-243
  6. Julia-Stefanie Frick, Ingo B. Autenrieth
    Pages 273-289
  7. Oriana Rossi, Peter van Baarlen, Jerry M. Wells
    Pages 291-321
  8. Jing Cheng, Airi M. Palva, Willem M. de Vos, Reetta Satokari
    Pages 323-346
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-354

About this book


Microbes colonize nearly every biotic and abiotic niche on our planet. This also includes our human body, which is densely populated with microbes, the majority of which interact with us in a commensal, sometimes even mutualistic, relationship. Only a minority of our microbiota are pathogenic organisms with the ability to cause infection.

This book covers various aspects of the interplay between commensal and pathogenic bacteria with their hosts. The chapters summarize recent findings on the geno- and phenotypic traits of opportunistic bacterial pathogens, such as Escherichia coli, staphylococci or Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as well as the impact of commensal and probiotic bacteria on intestinal physiology and health. The differential interaction of pathogenic, commensal and probiotic bacteria with their host is reviewed from both the bacterial and the host’s perspective to round out this compilation of articles on the differences and similarities of pathogenic and commensal microorganisms.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Dobrindt
    • 1
  • Jörg H. Hacker
    • 2
  • Catharina Svanborg
    • 3
  1. 1., Institut für HygieneUniversitätsklinikum MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2., Nationale Akademie der WissenschaftenDeutsche Akademie der Naturforscher LeopHalleGermany
  3. 3., Section of Microbiology, Immunology andLund UniversityLundSweden

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