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Charophytes: Evolutionary Ancestors of Plants and Emerging Models for Plant Research

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889451647 Year: Pages: 150 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88945-164-7 Language: English
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Subject: Botany --- Science (General)
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The charophytes are the group of green algae that are anestral and most closely related to land plants. Today, these organisms are not only important in evoutionary studies but have become outstanding model organisms for plant research.

Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae Bacterial Superphylum: New Model Organisms for Evolutionary Cell Biology

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889452798 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88945-279-8 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Microbiology
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The Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Chlamydiae (PVC) and related phyla have recently emerged as fascinating subjects for research in evolutionary cell biology, ecology, biotechnology, evolution and human health. This interest is prompted by particular characteristics observed in the PVC superphylum that are otherwise rarely observed in bacteria but are however still poorly described or understood, such as the presence of a complex endomembrane system, or compacted DNA throughout most of the cell cycle. Therefore, the members of the PVC superphylum represent an excellent example of the value of studying bacteria other than ‘classical’ models.

Vaccines, Immunotherapy and New Antifungal Therapy Against Fungi: Updates in the New Frontier

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889453276 Year: Pages: 183 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88945-327-6 Language: English
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Invasive fungal diseases have increased many fold over the past 50 years. Current treatment regimens typically require prolonged administration of antifungal medications that can have significant toxicity. Moreover, our present potent antifungal armamentarium fails to eradicate fungal pathogens from certain compromised hosts. Additionally, invasive fungal diseases continue to have unacceptably high mortality rates. A growing body of work has focused on the utility of vaccines and/or immunotherapy as a powerful tool in combating mycoses, either for the active treatment, as an adjuvant, or in the prevention of specific fungal pathogens. Also, it is growing the interest over new drugs development as second choice for treatment when traditional chemotherapy fail. This Research Topic will detail the exciting progress in developing vaccines, immunotherapy and new drugs for fungi.

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