5th European Conference on Tetraspanins

Every cell is surrounded by a plasma membrane that is essential for communication with the environment. Hence, biologists and biophysicists have been fascinated by the organization of the plasma membrane for decades.

Tetraspanins, members of the four-transmembrane superfamily, have emerged as important 'organizers' of cell membranes through their capacity to form microdomains containing specific integrins, immunoglobulin superfamily proteins, proteases and signaling molecules (Hemler Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 2005; Levy Nat Rev Immunol 2005; Charrin Biochem J 2009; Figdor and Van Spriel Trends Immunol 2010). Tetraspanins have received particular attention because of their importance in cancer, vascular biology, immunology and infection.

The program is composed of six sessions, spanning two and a half days, covering:

Cell membrane scaffolds: the molecular landscape
Membrane-proximal signal transduction
Tetraspanins in the immune system
Tetraspanins and pathogens
Tetraspanins in vascular biology
Tetraspanins in migration and cancer

+ show speakers and program
- Prof. Martin Hemler. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA.

- Prof. Eric Rubinstein. INSERM U602, Paris, France.

- Assoc. Prof. Cindy Miranti. Van Andel Research Institute, MI, USA.

- Prof. Shoshana Levy. Stanford University, CA, USA.

- Prof. Eisuke Mekada. Osaka University, Japan.

- Assoc. Prof. Mark Wright. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

26 Sep - 28 Sep 2012

Nijmegen

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