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Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Related Toxigenic Species

Genomics, Pathogenicity and Applications

  • Andreas Burkovski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andreas Burkovski
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ana Luíza de Mattos Guaraldi, Raphael Hirata, Vasco Ariston de Carvalho Azevedo
    Pages 15-37
  4. Vartul Sangal, Paul A. Hoskisson
    Pages 67-81
  5. Başak Varol, Bilge Özerman Edis, Muhammet Bektaş
    Pages 83-94
  6. Melissa E. Reardon-Robinson, Hung Ton-That
    Pages 123-141
  7. Lisa Ott, Andreas Burkovski
    Pages 143-170
  8. Anja Berger, Michael Hogardt, Regina Konrad, Andreas Sing
    Pages 171-205
  9. Karen S. Wagner, Katherina Zakikhany, Joanne M. White, Gayatri Amirthalingam, Natasha S. Crowcroft, Androulla Efstratiou
    Pages 207-224
  10. Rino Rappuoli, Enrico Malito
    Pages 225-238
  11. Aleksandra Anna Zasada
    Pages 239-246
  12. Seonghun Kim, Doo-Byoung Oh, Ohsuk Kwon
    Pages 247-262
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 291-293

About this book


Corynebacterium diphtheriae is the classical etiological agent of diphtheria and the type strain of the genus Corynebacterium. While diphtheria of the respiratory tract became rare with the introduction of vaccination programs in industrialized countries, even today several thousand cases per year are reported to the World Health Organization. This shows that diphtheria is not completely eradicated and that reservoirs exist. The book summarizes the latest advances made in understanding C. diphtheriae and the closely related species Corynebacterium ulcerans and Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Topics addressed are genomics of toxigenic corynebacteria, host-pathogen-interaction, detection, surveillance and treatment as well as application aspects.


Corynebacterium diphtheriae Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Corynebacterium ulcerans Toxigenic Corynebacterium species diphtheria

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Burkovski
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitätErlangenGermany

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From the book reviews:

“It extensively examines the genomics, pathogenicity, diagnosis, and treatment of these bacteria as well as vaccine development. … an excellent resource for graduate, postdoctoral fellows, and basic scientists in microbiology, molecular genetics, or public health. It also would be a useful introductory tool for infectious disease fellows who are interested in pursuing public health and/or basic science research as part of a physician/scientist training pathway.” (Shirley F. Delair, Doody’s Book Reviews, August, 2014)