The new series "Microbiology Monographs" begins with two volumes on intracellular components in prokaryotes. In this first volume, "Inclusions in Prokaryotes", the components, labeled inclusions, are defined as discrete bodies resulting from synthesis of a metabolic product. Research on the biosynthesis and reutilization of the accumulated materials is still in progress, and interest in the inclusions is growing. This comprehensive volume provides historical background and comprehensive reviews of eight well-known prokaryotic inclusions.
Dieter Jendrossek studied microbiology at the Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany in the department of Hans-Günter Schlegel. Since 1999 he is a Professor for Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University Stuttgart, Germany. His main interests lie in the elucidation of the metabolism of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) granules (carbonosomes), polyphosphate granules (polyphosphatosomes) and in the biochemistry of polyisoprene-cleaving enzymes (rubber oxygenases) in prokaryotes.
The authors of this contributed volume define various inclusions and supramolecular structures in prokaryotes as discrete bodies. Research on the biosynthesis, reutilization and physiological functions of the accumulated structures is still in progress, while the interest in these inclusions is still growing. Within this second edition, the new editor organized updates to the most important contributions of the original volume.
The chapters discuss the most prominent inclusion examples such as gas vesicles, inorganic inclusions (sulfur globules, magnetosomes, polyphosphatosomes), carbon-based inclusions (lipid bodies, carbonosomes, granulose, cyanophycin) as well as other organelle-like microcompartments (carboxysomes, anammoxosomes), thus making this volume a fascinating read for scientists with a keen interest in microbiology.