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Over the past decade it has become clear that nuclear chromatin represents much more than an inert material packaging the genome but is rather a dynamic and highly regulated environment influencing genome functions. Modifications of both the genomic DNA and its associated proteins are not only essential for the control of gene expression but also influence the physical location of the chromatin within the nucleus. The dynamic movement of chromatin to specific nuclear domains in turn appears to provide an additional level of regulation of gene expression with a profound effect on plant growth and the ability of plants to respond to external stimuli (physiological adaptation).

Elucidating the mechanisms that control the formation, positioning and subsequent activity of chromatin domains is of increasing interest to plant biologists. This symposium proposes to bring together a panel of experts in nuclear organisation, chromatin dynamics and stress responses in plants but also renown experts among animal cell biologists; ultimately the aim is to discuss the state of the art in this exciting area of research and foster novel interactions.

  • Chromatin domains at the Nuclear Periphery
  • Role of Histone Variants and Modifications in Control of Chromatin Dynamics Histone chaperones in development and disease
  • Importance of Chromatin Dynamics during Plant Reproduction
  • Technological advances for characterisation of Chromatin Domains
  • Influence of Nuclear Domains on gene expression
  • Role of Chromatin Domains in response to Biotic and Abiotic Stress
  • Geraint Parry (GARNet, Cardiff University, UK)
  • Monica Pradillo (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Aline Probst (Université Clermont Auvergne, France)
  • Christophe Tatout (Université Clermont Auvergne, France)
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