Cell Polarity Signaling

Cell polarity is a universal biological process that is fundamental to all aspects of cell division, growth, development, and tissue morphogenesis. It is also perturbed in numerous developmental diseases, in aging, and in cancer. Cell polarity underlies the generation of diverse cell types by asymmetrically dividing stem cells, and provides the organizational structures for tissue architecture. The recognition that cell polarity, and defects in polarization, are of such broad biological importance has led to an explosion of interest in this area. The proposed conference would provide a focus for the many investigators working on various aspects of cell polarity. Key questions to be discussed will include the following: How do signaling networks spatially organize the cell into polarized structures? How are these signals used to polarize membrane traffic? Are similar signals and mechanisms used in different contexts, such as in neurons versus epithelial cells, germ cells, yeast, or plant cells? Does differential inheritance of DNA strands occur in stem cells, and how important is it? How do stem cells orient their mitotic spindles and segregate cell fate determinants? How common is asymmetric cell division in stem/progenitor cells? How important is EMT and/or loss of polarity during cancer initiation and progression? How and why are RNAs polarized within cells? Is differential segregation of damaged proteins between daughter cells important in aging?

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1 Jun - 6 Jun 2014
United States of America
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