Plant Biology: Functions and Control of Cell Death
Organizer(s): Jeff Dangl, Paul Schulze-Lefert and Jane GlazebrookDate: April 10 - 15, 2003
Location: Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, UT, USA
Cell deaths occur during both development and response to pathogens and environmental stresses. Genetic approaches have led to identification of loci required to correctly regulate cell death in various contexts, and pharmacological interventions in cultured cells have established a signaling framework. The major problems are to delineate the molecular mechanisms guiding cell death and survival. The Arabidopsis and rice genomes reveal no simple homologues for animal PCD control genes. Potential exceptions are the structurally related plant R and animal NOD proteins that recognize pathogens, and lead to PCD of the infected cell. Innate immune systems may use similar structures to guide recognition events, and may channel that recognition into diverse PCD responses. This meeting covers each context of PCD in plant biology. The mix of geneticists and physiologists will facilitate exchange of expertise and reinforce the concept that multidisciplinary approaches are required to understand, and manipulate PCD in plant biology.
Discounted Abstract Deadline: December 10 2002
Discounted Registration Deadline: February 10 2003