Workshop Details
Proton Transfer in Biology (registration fee includes Monday and Wednesday lunch)
07/16/2012 - 07/20/2012
Meeting Description:

Proton transfer reactions are of central importance in all areas of study concerning redox systems, ionic reactions and chemical catalysis, and there is significant recognition of the connection between biological and chemical reactions involving carbon acids and other very weakly acidic functionalities, i.e., the classical area of acid-base catalysis. However, the lack of detailed structural information has greatly impeded meaningful attention being paid to mechanisms of long-distance proton transport, in spite of its central role in bioenergy conversion by chemiosmotic systems. Recent successes in structure determination of the major energy-transducing membrane proteins have now set the stage for real advancement is this area. Just as the photosynthetic reaction center was invaluable for the development and testing of theoretical understanding of electron transfer in aperiodic systems, generally, so can proton transporting proteins can inform such developing fields as polymer membrane designs for fuel cells, non-aqueous electrolyte solutions, and matrix materials for heterogeneous catalysis. This is becoming an important focus area of productive cross-disciplinary exchange. The objective of the conference is to bring together scientists in diverse fields, who share interests in the structure and function of systems that transport protons and water. The emphasis is on long-range movements in biological membranes and model systems, but short-range proton and hydrogen atom transfers are also included to provide understanding of the nature of rate limiting events. The contributing fields include membrane biophysics, electrophysiology, structural biology of membrane proteins, bioenergetics, theoretical approaches to proton transfer, coupling of proton movements to electron transfer and conformational changes, molecular dynamics simulations, computation of protein electrostatics, spectroscopy and sensory transduction.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Proton Transfer in Biology (registration fee includes Monday and Wednesday lunch) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Adelroth, Pia University
Agmon, Noam Univ.
Arnold, Susanne RWTH Aachen university, Faculty of Medicine, Insti
Barry, Bridgette Georgia Institute of Technology
Bloch, Dima University of Helsinki
Brzezinski, Peter Stockholm University
Cross, Timothy Florid State University
Cui, Qiang UW-Madison
Ferguson-Miller, Shelagh Michigan State University
Garcia-Moreno, Bertrand Johns Hopkins University
Gennis, Robert University of Illinois
Grosman, Claudio Univeersity of illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gunner, Marilyn Physics Dept CCNY
Gunner, Marilyn [2nd Reservation] Physics Dept CCNY
Gutman, Menachem University
Haines, Thomas Rockefeller University
Hassanali, Ali University PostDoc
Huppert, Dan School of Chemistry Tel-Aviv University Israel
Muntyan, Maria AN Belozersky Phys-Chem Biol Institute
Nachliel, Esther Tel aviv University
Peng, Yuxing The University of Chicago
Sazanov, Leonid Medical Research Council
Silverman, David University of Florida
Solntsev, Kyril Georgia Institute of Technology
Warshel, Arieh USC

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