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Upward mobility and alternative lifestyles: a report from the 10th biennial meeting on Bacterial Locomotion and Signal Transduction. Mol Microbiol 2009 Jul;73(1):5-19

Date

06/06/2009

Pubmed ID

19496930

Pubmed Central ID

PMC2724751

DOI

10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06742.x

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-67649418053   2 Citations

Abstract

This past January, in Cuernavaca Mexico, a conglomerate of scientists met to discuss the contemporary view of Bacterial Locomotion and Signal Transduction (BLAST). The BLAST meetings represent a field that has its roots in chemotaxis and the flagellum-based motility but now encompass all types of cellular movement and signalling. The topics varied from the interactions between molecules to the interactions between species. We heard about 3D reconstructions of transmembrane chemoreceptors within cells, new biophysical methods for understanding cellular engines, intricate phosphorelays, elaborate gene networks, new messenger molecules and emerging behaviours within complex populations of cells. At BLAST X we gained an appreciation for the lifestyle choices bacteria make, how they get to where they are going and the molecular mechanisms that underlie their decisions. Herein we review the highlights of the meeting.

Author List

Scharf BE, Aldridge PD, Kirby JR, Crane BR

Author

John Kirby PhD Chair, Center Associate Director, Professor in the Microbiology and Immunology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bacteria
Bacterial Physiological Phenomena
Bacterial Proteins
Chemotaxis
Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
Locomotion
Membrane Proteins
Methyl-Accepting Chemotaxis Proteins
Signal Transduction