Explains the unique characteristics that cause this large group of bacteria responsible for tuberculosis and leprosy to function differently. * Summarizes the complex architecture of the mycobacterial cell envelope and presents the major breakthroughs in this field. * Provides in-depth coverage of the major components of this complex structure. * Serve as a valuable reference for those working in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and immunology. This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.