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This meeting took place in 2001

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Membrane Protein Structure/Function Relationships (D1)

Organizer(s) H. Ronald Kaback and Ernest M. Wright
March 5—11, 2001
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, CA USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 6, 2000
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Early Registration Deadline: Jan 5, 2001

Sponsored in part by the Director's Sponsor Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Of the genomes sequenced thus far, about 30% of the gene products are predicted to be polytopic transmembrane proteins. These hydrophobic proteins catalyze a multitude of essential functions, from oxidative phosphorylation and electron transfer, to transport of molecules into and out of cells and intracellular organelles, to signal transduction across membranes, and many are important with regard to human disease. Although advances in molecular biology and biochemistry over the past 15 years have led to the characterization, purification and modification of this class of proteins, only a handful of these proteins have been crystallized in a form that allows structure determination at atomic resolution, which is essential for understanding mechanism of action. Furthermore, many membrane proteins require conformation flexibility in order to function, making it imperative to obtain dynamic information as well in order to fully understand function. Thus, a major problem in this area is the difficulty inherent in obtaining structural information at a relevant level of resolution. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together key investigators studying structure/function relationships at the molecular level in polytopic membrane proteins involved in a variety of functions from as many different perspectives as possible. It is expected that by bringing such individuals together, discussions will focus the field on the importance of high resolution,structure-function studies in order to understand this important class of biological molecules.

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