Accession Number : ADA309627

Title :   Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Membrane Biology (1995).

Descriptive Note : Final progress rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST DEPT OF CHEMISTRY

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Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 2

Abstract : The Gordon Conference on 'Molecular Membrane Biology' was held July 9 to 15, 1995 in Andover, New Hampshire at Proctor Academy. One hundred and thirty six scientists attended, including the major figures in the cell biology and biophysics of protein localization, vesicle sorting, and membrane protein biogenesis. Represented among the attendees were established scientists as well as post-doctoral fellows (15%) and students (10%). Sixty percent of the participants were from the US. and 40% foreign. Topics covered in the meeting included: bacterial and membrane protein biogenesis; membrane protein structure; maintenance of organelle identity; protein translocation and folding in the endoplasmic reticulum; inter-organellar transport; lipids, cholesterol, GPI links, and caveolae; anterograde and retrograde trafficking; endocytosis and exocytosis; and membrane fusion. One of the great strengths of this Gordon Conference is the breadth of expertise encompassed by its participants and represented in the presentations. Methods ranging from x-ray crystallography, fluorescent localization of proteins, in vitro reconstitution of vesicular sorting, electrophysiological measurements, and yeast genetics were all discussed with respect to their applications to the problems of how membranes are constructed, correctly sorted, and maintained in the cell. Highly significant biomedical problems are intimately related to these issues: mechanism of virus entry and reproduction in the cell, nerve signal transmission, regulation of cell growth, and assembly and secretion of molecules in the immune response. Each of these was discussed in one or more sessions.

Descriptors :   *MEMBRANES(BIOLOGY), *MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, CONTROL, MEASUREMENT, SYMPOSIA, STUDENTS, MOLECULES, LIPIDS, PROTEINS, X RAYS, IN VITRO ANALYSIS, WAVE PROPAGATION, CHOLESTEROL, STRENGTH(GENERAL), MEMBRANES, YEASTS, CELLS(BIOLOGY), GENETICS, CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, BIOMEDICINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SECRETION, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS, NERVE TRANSMISSION, TRANSLOCATION.

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      Medicine and Medical Research

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