Nuclear Architecture, Lipids, and Phase Separation

24-25 October 2019, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic

Organizer: Prof Ohad Medalia, Prof Pavel Hozak

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The molecular organization within the cell nucleus determines gene expression, and recent observations revolutionize our understanding of nuclear architecture. In particular, the molecular functions of intra-nuclear lipids involved in RNA polymerase II transcription and modulation of RNA polymerase I activity at multiple levels suggest additional functions of lipids.

The aim of the workshop is to provide insight into state of the art methods and data available about precise localization and metabolism of nuclear lipid-containing structures, as well as to discuss the diverse functional implications of these nuclear molecular assemblies in gene expression. The discussion will include lipid-containing nuclear compartments (nuclear envelope, lipid islets, lipid droplets) as well as regulatory functions of individual lipid molecules.

A special attention will be given to the multidisciplinary approach including light and electron (cryo)-microscopy, lipid chemistry and biophysics, addressing the mechanotransduction and phase separation events in the nucleus with the potential to form novel views on functions of macromolecular assemblies in the nucleus and nucleoplasmic lipids. The workshop will form a discussion platform across specializations and facilitate new interactions and collaborations in this emerging field.

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In case you are from Inclusiveness Target Countries (listed below) and you are a researcher who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date you obtained your PhD/doctorate, you can apply for a COST Conference Grant to participate at the meeting. You can read on how to apply here.

There will be a special issue of the journal Cells published in connection to the workshop with the guest editors, Pavel Hozak and Ohad Medalia. Cells (ISSN 2073-4409; CODEN: CELLC6) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal of cell biology, molecular biology, and biophysics with the impact factor of 5.656 (2018).

In case you are interested in submitting your manuscript please follow the instructions here.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15th January 2020

Inclusiveness Target Countries:

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey