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Histone Code: Fact or Fiction?
Organizer(s): Karolin Luger, James Davie and Joanna Wysocka
Date: January 10 - 15, 2011
Location: Zermatt Resort & Spa - Utah, Midway, UT, USA
Sponsored by Pfizer Inc.
Summary of Meeting:
It has become customary to refer to posttranslational histone modifications in all contexts as “epigenetic”, and to refer to a histone ‘code’. In certain contexts, histone modifications contribute to the epigenetic maintenance, whereas in others, they don’t. Similarly, some of the phenomena attributed to the posttranslational modification of histones do not fall into the strict definition of a ‘histone code’. This meeting strives to bring together scientists from different ‘camps’, to illuminate the effects of posttranslational modifications from many viewpoints. The emphasis here is on the effect of PTMs on the structure and readout of the genome, and less on the enzymatic activities and their regulation. Speakers will be encouraged to engage in rigorous discussion, as is obvious in the format for the opening and closing session which will be held in discussion format. In particular, we plan to • Investigate how histone modifications participate in the maintenance of epigenetic information • Elaborate on recent findings that epigenetic states are likely conveyed as a dynamic equilibrium of opposing modifying activities that involves feedback loops, and talk about ‘epigenetic memory’ • How do histone modifications affect nucleosome / chromatin structure and stability / interaction with chromatin architectural proteins? • Discuss the responsiveness of the epigenetic process, and the 3-D interplay in the nuclear environment that ultimately decides which gene will be fired up. • Have a workshop highlighting newest approaches / technologies to study histone modification states. • Have a final round table discussion to perhaps re-define and tighten up terminology, and to consolidate viewpoints where possible.
Scholarship Deadline: September 16 2010
Discounted Abstract Deadline: September 16 2010
Abstract Deadline: October 13 2010
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 10 2010
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.Novus Biologicals, Inc.Pfizer Inc.


Yamini Dalal
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grant No. 5R13DK084688-02
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