Horizontal Gene Transfer

Breaking Borders Between Living Kingdoms

  • Tomás G. Villa
  • Miguel Viñas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Horizontal Gene Transfer Among Bacteria and Bacteriophages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. T. G. Villa, L. Feijoo-Siota, A. Sánchez-Pérez, JL. R. Rama, C. Sieiro
      Pages 3-76
    3. T. G. Villa, L. Feijoo-Siota, JL. R. Rama, A. Sánchez-Pérez, M. Viñas
      Pages 97-142
    4. Cooper J. Park, Joshua T. Smith, Cheryl P. Andam
      Pages 155-174
  3. Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Bacteria and Animals, Plants, Amoeba and Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Yuki Yoshida, Reuben W. Nowell, Kazuharu Arakawa, Mark Blaxter
      Pages 203-226
    3. Trinidad de Miguel, Oude Zhu, Tomás G. Villa
      Pages 227-234
    4. J. M. Ageitos, M. Viñas, T. G. Villa
      Pages 235-255
    5. Martha-Helena Ramírez-Bahena, Alvaro Peix, Encarna Velázquez
      Pages 269-289
    6. Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu, Malay Ranjan Mishra, Titash Dutta, Surekha Challa
      Pages 291-314
    7. Carlos Barreiro, Santiago Gutiérrez, Elías R. Olivera
      Pages 315-336
    8. S. Sánchez, T. de Miguel, T. G. Villa, A. R. Gorringe, I. M. Feavers
      Pages 361-376
    9. A. G. Abril, V. Notario
      Pages 399-425

About this book


The book focuses on the evolutionary impact of horizontal gene transfer processes on pathogenicity, environmental adaptation and biological speciation. Newly acquired genetic material has been considered as a driving force in evolution for prokaryotic genomes for many years, with recent technical developments advancing this field further. However, the extent and implications of gene transfer between prokaryotes and eukaryotes still raise controversies.

This multi-authored volume introduces various means by which DNA can be exchanged, covers gene transfer between prokaryotes and their viruses as well as between bacteria and eukaryotes, such as fungi, plants and animals, and addresses the role of horizontal gene transfer in human diseases. Aspects discussed also include the relevance for virulence and drug resistance development on one hand, and for the occurrence of naturally derived antibiotics and other secondary metabolites on the other hand.  

This book offers new insights to anyone interested in genome evolution and the exchange of DNA between the different domains of life, the genetic toolkit for adaptation and the emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria.  


lateral gene transfer genome evolution antibiotic resistance Transformation, transduction, conjugation functional gene transfer gene flow between species evolution of multidrug-resistant bacteria emergence of pathogens environmental adaptation biological speciation Fungal horizontal gene transfer Genomic islands cancer gene exchange bacteria, phages

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomás G. Villa
    • 1
  • Miguel Viñas
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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