A Biochemical Society Focused Meeting
Palmitoylation is the only reversible lipid modification of proteins and in recent years has come of age as an important regulator of protein function across all eukaryotes. Due to its reversibility palmitoylation has been compared to phosphorylation and ubiquitination in terms of importance.
Palmitoylation has emerged in the last few years as a key regulator of multiple cellular processes including cellular membrane architecture, protein trafficking and segregation, cancer cell proliferation, cardiovascular and neuronal development, biofuel production and animal and plant immunity. Palmitoylation has also emerged as an appealing pharmaceutical target for tackling auto-immune disease and parasitic and fungal infections.
Despite these major advances there are still two fundamental questions to answer:
1. How is palmitoylation regulated?
2. What does palmitoylation do in protein function?
Both of these questions must be answered to address how palmitoylation can be manipulated to benefit human health and wellbeing.
We invite researchers in all areas of biology, from cell biologists and biochemists to chemical, structural and computational biologists, to come together and discuss the outstanding questions surrounding palmitoylation as a community and begin to develop interactions with applied scientists and industry to capitalise on the results.
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Topics covered in this meeting will be submitted for consideration to our journal Biochemical Society Transactions, published by Portland Press, the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society.