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The Fifth Gordon Research Conference on Motile and Contractile Systems
will provide an informal forum for recent advances and new directions in
this active field. The focus of this conference will be on the actin-based
and microtubule-based cytoskeletal components, their structures and
important domains, their regulators and their motors. These topics are
relevant to many fields including neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal
disease, respiratory disease, development, transformation, oncogenesis as
well as the normal functioning of the organism. The conference will
include approximately 30 formal presentations by invited speakers in 9
lecture-discussion sessions with a major emphasis on discussion by all
participants. The other participants, including junior scientists in
particular, will be encouraged to present posters of their work and 2
formal poster Sessions will be scheduled. This basic format has worked
well in the previous 4 conferences, and we plan to continue emphasizing a
minimum of formal presentations in order to maximize discussion and
exchange of new unpublished results and techniques. The conference will
begin with a session on (l) The structure of actin and associated
proteins. This will be followed by sessions on (2) the structure/function
relationships of microtubule associated motors; (3) the behavioral
consequences of motor function; and (4) mutant analysis of motor function.
The next session, (5) heterologous liaisons, will highlight important new
and previously unexpected interactions between cytoskeletal proteins and
other organelles. Sessions 6 and 7 will compare the regulation of actin
and tubulin polymerization in vitro and in vivo. The conference will close
with (8) signal transduction and cell motility and (9) cell division.
Throughout the meeting actin and tubulin based themes will be interwoven
to encourage direct comparison and new insights.
Effective start/end date7/7/946/30/95


  • Cell Biology


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