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Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Plant Lipid-Mediated Post-Translational Modification


January 28-29, 2017


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Anastasiya Lavell & Yingqi Cai

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Lipid-mediated post-translational modification of proteins is a key modification step involving the addition of acyl lipids to proteins, thereby determining association of proteins with membranes and influencing protein stability, microdomain partitioning, membrane targeting and activation state. This process therefore is central to signaling complex formation that modulates the activity and the membrane association of many signaling molecules. Incorporating lipid-mediated posttranslational modifications in the Gordon Research Seminar presents a new facet of lipid research with wide applications in nutrition, energy storage, and the diversity and functionality of the proteome.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Plant Lipid-Mediated Post-Translational Modifications
Discussion Leader: Phoebe Williams (Virginia Tech, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmMark Running (University of Louisville, USA)
"Protein Prenylation Mechanisms in Arabidopsis and Moss"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLipid Metabolism
Discussion Leader: Allison Barnes (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmLiza Alexander (Iowa State University, USA)
"Evaluating Intracellular and Extracellular Lipid Metabolic Networks at the Level of Individual Cells"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmYing-Chen Lin (Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB), Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
"Arabidopsis Phosphatidylglycerophosphate Phosphatase1 (PGPP1) Involved in Phosphatidylglycerol Biosynthesis and Photosynthetic Function"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmCarmit Ziv (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Metabolic Engineering of Lipids at Sea: Viral Infection Induces the Lipidome Remodeling of the Bloom Forming Algal Cell to Produce Viral Specific Lipids"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmZhiyang Zhai (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
"Influence of Sugar Content on Fatty Acid and Triacylglycerol Accumulation in Leaves"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amLipid Signaling, Stress Responses, and Development
Discussion Leader: Jantana Keereetaweep (Brookhaven national laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKun Wang (Michigan State University, USA)
"Contribution of Plastidial Phosphatidylglycerol Turnover to Triacylglycerol Biosynthesis During Seed Development and Its Application in Vegetative Tissues"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amEnkhtuul Tsogtbaatar (The Ohio State University, USA)
"13C-Labeling of Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.) Embryos to Reveal (a) Bottleneck(s) in Oil Synthesis"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAdriana GarIibay-Hernandez (Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)
"A SAM-Dependent Lipid Methylation Pathway in an Oleaginous Microalga Suggested by Comparative Lipidomics and Proteomics"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMina Aziz (University of North Texas, USA)
"Insights into the Structure and Function of Arabidopsis Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH)"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Moving Forward in Academia
Discussion Leader: Drew Sturtevant (University of North Texas, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Planning and Securing a Niche in a Research Area"
  • Jean Greenberg (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Alisa Huffaker (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Mark Running (University of Louisville, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Science under Award Number DE-SC0015899. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.
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