A comprehensive compendium of scholarly contributions relating to bacterial virulence gene regulation.
"Given the extraordinary breadth and pace of change within the field of bacterial virulence regulation, it would seem a challenge indeed to produce a text that adequately reflects the multitude of virulence strategies and underlying regulatory mechanisms that diverse pathogens employ to colonise and engage with their particular host niche. Yet, commendably, the editors have done just that in this compendium of authoritative and expert reviews. Arranged in six main sections which broadly define temporal stages in the host–pathogen interaction, review chapters nicely blend historical context with up-to-date contemporary detail, providing the reader with a strong appreciation of both progress in a particular area and the key outstanding research questions. Reviews are accessibly written, comprehensively referenced and adequately, but not elaborately illustrated. The extent of themes covered in this book, including regulation of quorum sensing, adherence, colonisation, virulence protein production/secretion and regulatory responses to host molecules should draw attention from anyone with an interest in bacterial pathogenesis and infectious disease, from experienced researcher to student alike. Given its scope, it’s unlikely to be read from cover to cover, but will no doubt be a well-thumbed essential reference for many and a highly recommended addition to any institutional library."
-- Rob Delahay, University of Nottingham - Microbiology Today - August 2013