ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae (PVC) superphylum is an assemblage of bacterial phyla which is consistently recovered as a monophyletic group with different data and phylogeny estimation methods. This EMBO workshop will be the first one to focus on the characterization and fundamental understanding of the PVC members. The Workshop will bring together researchers working on such bacteria and provide a broad coverage of those exceptional bacterial features and evolutionary scenarios.
The PVC superphylum includes the Planctomycetes, the Verrucomicrobia, the Chlamydiae, the Poribacteria, the Lentisphaerae, and the OP3 candidate phyla which contain no cultured relatives, along with several other groups. PVC members exhibit distinctive cellular properties, widespread environmental distribution, unique physiologies, and unusual associations with eukaryotic hosts. These microorganisms are a largely unexplored group that represents an excellent example of the value of studying bacteria other than 'classical' models such as Escherichia coli. The recent discovery of some planctomycetes and verrucomicrobia within the human microbiome raises intriguing questions about their contributions to health and disease.
A range of characters that were previously either considered absent or rare amongst the bacteria, but which are common or ubiquitous in archaea or eukaryotes, were recently identified within some PVC members. These include, for example, the presence of membrane coat-like proteins and condensed DNA.
These microorganisms are a largely unexplored group that represents an excellent example of the value of studying bacteria other than 'classical' models such as Escherichia coli. It is only in the last years that the PVC research community has begun to expand and see common interests, stimulated by several key discoveries. This symposium will bring together researchers working on such bacteria with an eukaryotic touch and a broad coverage of those exceptional bacterial features and evolutionary scenarios will be realized.
Because of their easiness of use and simplified manipulation, those PVC characteristics might very well complement eukaryotic ones as models and tools.
The scope of the symposium is to facilitate discussion among researchers who recently advanced the field by investigating particular features in PVC-bacteria and scientists who hypothesize on the impact PVC-bacteria had on eukaryotic or archaeal cell evolution. Addressing the current controversy is encouraged.
Bioquant, INF 267 Room #041
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