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EMBO Conference Series

Catalytic mechanisms by biological systems: at the interface between chemistry and biology

EMBL Hamburg, Germany Wednesday 5 May - Friday 7 May 2010 Registration closed
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Recent developments of in vitro, in vivo and in silico research on biocatalytic reaction mechanisms are continuously advancing our insight of the chemistry and biochemistry of catalytic mechanisms by biological systems. The structural and dynamical properties of the proteins are of key importance in this respect. At this conference advanced methodological approaches will be covered, ranging from high resolution kinetic protein crystallography, neutron crystallography, NMR, and mass spectroscopy to single molecule spectroscopy and enzymology. The importance of stability, regulatory, substrate-binding and kinetic properties of enzymes in the context of cellular processes will be highlighted. New emerging technologies important for biocatalysis research for example using transition state analogues and directed evolution methods allow for more insight into the biocatalytic mechanisms. Also bioinformatics and biocomputational approaches are very important in this respect. The conference is aimed at bringing together experts working at the interface of this multidisciplinary research field to facilitate stimulating discussions on this fascinating topic, which is also of key importance for the development of biotech related applications. The multidisciplinary program will provide an ideal framework for getting to know the experts as well as the latest developments in this research field.

There will be approximately 25 invited speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring posters, which will be on display during the whole length of the meeting in the lecture hall. Selected poster topics can be included for a general talk. The number of participants is limited to 120.

Recent developments of in vitro, in vivo and in silico research on biocatalytic reaction mechanisms are continuously advancing our insight of the chemistry and biochemistry of catalytic mechanisms by biological systems. The structural and dynamical properties of the proteins are of key importance in this respect. At this conference advanced methodological approaches will be covered, ranging from high resolution kinetic protein crystallography, neutron crystallography, NMR, and mass spectroscopy to single molecule spectroscopy and enzymology. The importance of stability, regulatory, substrate-binding and kinetic properties of enzymes in the context of cellular processes will be highlighted. New emerging technologies important for biocatalysis research for example using transition state analogues and directed evolution methods allow for more insight into the biocatalytic mechanisms. Also bioinformatics and biocomputational approaches are very important in this respect. The conference is aimed at bringing together experts working at the interface of this multidisciplinary research field to facilitate stimulating discussions on this fascinating topic, which is also of key importance for the development of biotech related applications. The multidisciplinary program will provide an ideal framework for getting to know the experts as well as the latest developments in this research field.

There will be approximately 25 invited speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring posters, which will be on display during the whole length of the meeting in the lecture hall. Selected poster topics can be included for a general talk.

The number of participants is limited to 120.

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