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Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function
January 27 - February 1, 2013
Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX

Related Meeting Information
The Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function GRS web page for more information.

The third Gordon Research Conference on "Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism, and Function" promises to be an exciting event where the latest research on plant lipids is presented and discussed. For the first time, the conference will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Lipids, providing excellent opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to share research, to develop research and social networks in a supportive environment, and to discuss careers and mentoring. We encourage young scientists to participate in the Gordon Research Seminar, and we encourage broad participation in the Gordon Research Conference. Presenters will discuss the latest advances in plant and algal lipid metabolism, oil synthesis, lipid signaling, lipid visualization, lipid biotechnology and its applications, the physiological and developmental roles of lipids, and plant lipids in health. The conference will be a great chance for old and new members of the international plant lipid research community to interact. Applications to attend this conference are open to all researchers interested in plant lipids.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmProducing Nutritional Lipids
7:40 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader: Basil Nikolau (Iowa State University)
7:45 pm - 8:10 pmDean DellaPenna (Michigan State University)
"Integrating genomics and quantitative genetics to understand lipid soluble vitamin synthesis in plants"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pm Discussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmJoaquín J. Salas (Instituto de la Grasa, CSIC, Seville, Spain)
"New healthy fats based on high stearic sunflower oil"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmOlga Sayanova (Rothamsted Research)
"Omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: alternative sources of production"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 9:50 amSpecial Session: Metabolic biochemistry in the next decade
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroductory Remarks
9:05 am - 9:35 amYair Shachar-Hill (Michigan State University)
"Metabolic biochemistry in the next decade: The increasing importance of modeling and flux analysis"
9:35 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 12:30 pmTriacylglycerols: Metabolism, function, and as a target for engineering
9:50 am - 9:55 amDiscussion Leader: Eric Maréchal (iRTSV CEA-Grenoble)
9:55 am - 10:20 amSabeeha Merchant (University of California at Los Angeles)
"TAG, you're it! Understanding TAG accumulation in Chlamydomonas"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:25 amJohn Dyer (US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Maricopa, AZ)
"The role of CGI-58 in lipid homeostasis and lipid signaling"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:00 pmChristoph Benning (Michigan State University)
"Biogenesis and turnover of lipid droplets in algal models"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmPhilip Bates (Washington State University)
"Inefficient incorporation of unusual fatty acids into triacyglycerols inhibits fatty acid synthesis in transgenic oilseeds"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLipids in Protection, Reproduction, and Development
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Lacey Samuels (University of British Columbia)
7:35 pm - 7:55 pmLjerka Kunst (University of British Columbia)
"New insights into biosynthesis and regulation of cuticular lipids"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:25 pmMi Chung Suh (Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea)
"Biosynthesis and transcriptional regulation of cuticular wax in Arabidopsis thaliana"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:55 pmYuki Nakamura (Academica Sinica, Taipei)
"Phospholipids function in coordinating reproductive processes"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKathrin Schrick (Kansas State University)
"START lipid/sterol binding domains in plant transcription factors"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenetic and Lipidomic Approaches to Understanding Lipid Metabolism and Signaling
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Glenda Gillaspy (Virginia Tech)
9:05 am - 9:30 amHiroyuki Ohta (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
"Galactolipid synthesis: Mechanism and evolution"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amPeter Dörmann (University of Bonn)
"Chlorophyll and galactolipid metabolism in chloroplasts"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 amYonghua Li-Beisson (CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France)
"Genetic and lipidomic approaches in deciphering lipid metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"
11:10 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:45 amXuemin Wang (University of Missouri-St. Louis and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)
"Lipases and their signaling products: Metabolomic approaches to discovering function"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:05 pmChrista Testerink (University of Amsterdam)
"Halotropism - A novel response of plant roots to avoid salinity stress"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmSusanne Hoffmann-Benning (Michigan State University)
"Lipidomic and proteomic profiling reveals possible new lipid signaling pathways"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLipid Signaling in Stress Responses
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Katayoon Dehesh (University of California at Davis)
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmAbraham Koo (University of Missouri-Columbia)
"Switching off the danger signal: Metabolic inactivation of the lipid-derived defense hormone jasmonate"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmIvo Feussner (University of Goettingen)
"Lipids in the biotic stress response"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmAardra Kachroo (University of Kentucky)
"Glycerolipid-mediated plant defense signaling against microbial pathogens"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNew Insights on the Path to Triacylglycerols
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: John Harwood (Cardiff University)
9:05 am - 9:30 amChaofu Lu (Montana State University)
"Probing the dynamics of phosphatidylcholine during triacylglycerol biosynthesis"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amHenrik Tjellström (Michigan State University)
"Acyl chain remodeling of triacylglycerols"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 amJitao Zou (National Research Council, Canada)
"Direct experimental evidence that LPCAT enzyme participates in acyl editing in Arabidopsis developing seeds"
11:10 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:45 amChangcheng Xu (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"Triacylglycerol biosynthesis and function in non-seed tissues"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:05 pmMie Shimojima (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
"The crucial role of phosphatidic acid phosphohydrolases PAH1/PAH2 in triacylglycerol accumulation in leaves"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmJohn Shanklin (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"Activation via inhibitor metabolism: Fusing catalase to aldehyde-deformylating oxygenase relieves inhibition by converting its inhibitor into a co-substrate"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMembrane Lipid Signaling
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Jonathan Markham (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmIngo Heilmann (Universität Halle, Germany)
"Stress-induced activation and relocalization of plant lipid kinases"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmMarina Gavilanes Ruiz (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
"Membrane sphingolipids: Surpassing their structural role?"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmBrett Tyler (Oregon State University)
"Cell surface phosphoinositides at the interface between plants and their pathogens and mutualists"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLipid Visualization
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Kent Chapman (University of North Texas)
9:05 am - 9:30 amAdrian Salic (Harvard Medical School)
"Chemical probes for microscopic visualization of lipids in cells"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amTeun Munnik (University of Amsterdam)
"Visualizing phospholipid signals in plants"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 amPatrick Horn (University of North Texas)
"Spatial mapping of lipids at cellular resolution in plant tissues"
11:10 am - 11:20 am Discussion
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiana Wong (University of California, Davis)
"Comparison of lipid storage in different algae strains using lipid visualization and fluorescent quantification"
11:30 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 11:45 amErik Nielsen (University of Michigan)
"A role for phosphoinostide signaling during regulation of SA-dependent PR gene expression in Arabidopsis"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:05 pmHong-Wei Xue (Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology)
"Functions and Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Phosphatidylinositol (PI) Signaling Pathway"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmImara Perera (North Carolina State University)
"Functional characterization of inositol polyphosphate VIP kinases in plants"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDevelopment of Biofuels and Industrial Lipids
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Anthony Kinney (Dupont AgBiotech)
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmSten Stymne (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
"Industrial oils in dedicated GM industrial oil crops take the step to the field"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmXiao-Hong Yu (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"Enhancing cyclopropane fatty acid production in transgenic plants"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmTimothy Durrett (Kansas State University)
"Using a novel acetyltransferase to alter the structure of seed storage lipids"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 GM105082-01 from NIGMS. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 
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