Molecular Basis of Microbial One-Carbon Metabolism

One-carbon (C1) compounds play a central role in microbial metabolism. C1 compounds include methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methanol as well as coenzyme-bound one-carbon compounds. They are of broad global importance because several of these (e.g., methane) are important energy sources, some (e.g., carbon dioxide and methane) are potent greenhouse gases, and others (e.g., dichloromethane) are xenobiotics. C1 compounds are central in pathways of energy metabolism and carbon fixation by microorganisms and many are of industrial interest. The 2012 Gordon Conference will present and discuss cutting-edge research in the field of microbial metabolism of C1 compounds. The conference will feature the roles and application of C1 metabolism in natural and synthetic systems at scales from molecules to ecosystems. The conference will stress molecular aspects of the unique metabolism exhibited by autotrophic bacteria, methanogens, methylotrophs, aerobic and anaerobic methanotrophs, and acetogens. Complementary perspectives will be provided by leading scientists in biochemistry, general microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, systems- and synthetic biology.

The Conference will bring together investigators who are at the forefront of their field, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. In addition, some poster presenters will be selected to give short talks in the different sessions. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with extensive discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an ideal setting for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas, brainstorm and discuss cross-disciplinary collaborations.

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Frontiers in Carbon Dioxide Fixation and Origin of Life
(Bob Tabita / Georg Fuchs / William Martin)
Novel Reactions and Pathways
(Ivan Berg / Mike Jetten / Sung Gyung Kang / William Whitman / Joseph Krzycki)
Enzyme Structure and Mechanism
(Rolf Thauer / Amy Rosenzweig / Squire Booker / Russ Hille)
Nickel Enzymes
(Evert Duin / Stephen Ragsdale / Seigo Shima / Catherine Drennan / Oliver Lenz)
Microbial Metabolism in Oxic Environments
(Nicole Dubilier / Colin Murrell / Marina Kalyuzhnaya / Jeremy Semrau)
Microbial Metabolism in Anoxic Environments
(Harold Drake / Ron Oremland / Vicky Orphan / Samantha Joye / Bernhard Schink)
Systems Perspectives
(Chris Marx / William Metcalf / Kathleen Scott / Daniel Segrè)
Chemical and Synthetic Biology
(Sean Elliott / Pamela Silver / Lance Seefeldt)
Biofuels
(Volker Mueller / Michael Koepke / Alfons Stams)

5 Aug - 10 Aug 2012
Lewiston
United States of America
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