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Theoretical and Experimental Understanding of Processive Molecular Motors

23rd March 2004 to 24th March 2004

Organisers: Justin E Molloy (National Institute for Medical Research), Thomas AJ Duke (Cambridge University), Robert A Cross (Marie Curie Research Institute), Thomas CB McLeish (Leeds University).

Supported by Hewlett-Packard

Conference Theme

This Two-Day Discussion Meeting addresses our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of processive motors. The aim is to catalyse a dialogue between experimentalists and theorists interested in this fast-moving scientific area.

Processive molecular motors are critical for a wide variety of life functions and recent advances in experimental techniques and theoretical approaches have contributed greatly to our understanding of their molecular mechanism; e.g. experimental observations and theory on the stepping mechanism of myosin V and conventional kinesin. We now need to define new, experimentally testable, models and ideas for how processive motors "walk" along their cellular tracks.

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