Stalked alpha-Proteobacteria and relatives: From genes to structure

The stalked alpha-Proteobacteria and their cousins occupy an underappreciated, yet central and unprecedented position in fundamental and translational research. Long recognized as one of the prime model systems to elucidate important concepts in cellular and developmental biology, including the mechanisms underlying cell polarity, morphogenesis, asymmetric division and cell-cycle control, the stalked alphaproteobacteria were recently used to illuminate cell budding, adhesion, subcellular compartmentalization and to design surface–anchored antibody-display vehicles for biotechnological applications. The core regulatory circuitry for these functions is conserved amongst alphaproteobacteria and compelling evidence surfaced indicating that this circuitry also orchestrates symbiosis (Rhizobiaceae) and/or virulence (Brucellaceae, Bartonellaceae, Rickettsiaceae, Agrobacteria) and possibly other functions in related bacteria. The topics covered at the workshop include:
Cell cycle coordination and regulation
Morphogenesis and polarity
Cytokinesis and cell wall growth
Adhesion and secretion
Virulence and symbiosis
Evolution and modeling
+ show speakers and program

Andersson, Siv
University of Uppsala
Sweden
Armitage, Judy
Oxford University
United Kingdom
Becker, Anke
LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology, Marburg
Germany
Brun, Yves
Indiana University
United States
Chien, Peter
University of Massachusetts
United States
Collier, Justine
University of Lausanne
Switzerland
de Bolle, Xavier
University of Namur
Belgium
Dehio, Christoph
University of Basel
Switzerland
Fuqua, Clay
Indiana University
United States
Howard, Martin
John Innes Center
United Kingdom
Jacobs-Wagner, Christine
Yale University
United States
Jenal, Urs
University of Basel
Switzerland
Laub, Mike
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
Perret, Xavier
University of Geneva
Switzerland
Schüler, Dirk
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Germany
Shapiro, Lucy
Stanford University
United States
Vorholt, Julia
ETH Zürich
Switzerland

30 Mar - 1 Apr 2014
Ebsdorfergrund
Germany
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