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COST Scientific Meeting + MC Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 09:00 to Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 13:00
Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 Rue d'Ulm, Paris
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8 November, Salle Dussane, corner of rue d'ULM and rue ERASME
9:00 Welcome address
9:15-12:00 : Genome rearrangements, RNA control and chromatin organization (Chair Eric Meyer)
  • Kazufumi Mochizuki (Vienna, Austria): Small RNA-directed DNA elimination in Tetrahymena
  • Mariusz Nowacki (Bern, Switzerland): Two types of developmental-specific small RNAs in Paramecium

Coffee break

  • Jacek Nowak(Warsaw, Poland): Transcriptional regulators specific for genome rearrangements in Paramecium tetraurelia
  • Mireille Betermier(Paris, France): Coupling of DNA cleavage and repair during IES excision in Paramecium tetraurelia
  • Jean Cohen (CGM, Gif-Sur Yvette, France): Basal bodies in Paramecium (This presentation belongs to the session on Cell polarity but is anticipated due to constraints of the speaker)
12:00 -12:30 Discussion on the website (Introduction by Linda Sperling)


14:00 -15:00 Keynote lecture by Deborah Bourc’his (Chair Janine Beisson)
15:00 -17:30 Management Committee Meeting

Coffee break during the MC meeting

9 November Amphitheatre Rataud, 45 Rue d'ULM, at far end of quadrangle, lower level
9:00 – 12:30: Genome evolution and gene annotation (Chair Mariusz Nowacki)
  • Linda Sperling (CGM, Gif Sur Yvette, France): Annotating the Paramecium genome
  • Sandra Duharcourt (Paris, France): Sequencing project of the MIC genome of Paramecium aurelia species
  • Francesco Catania (Muenster, Germany): DNA splicing contributes to the evolution of the Paramecium genome

Coffee break

  • Laurent Duret (Lyon, France): Evolution of Robustness to Splicing Errors in Paramecium: Trade-off Between Under-splicing and Over-splicing
  • Mikkel Christensen-Dalsgaard(Copenhagen, Denmark): Discovery and characterization of a novel RNA 5’ cap structure in Tetrahymena thermophila
  • Hans Lipps (Witten, Germany): Cytosine methylation controls expression of developmentally regulated genes (this presentation belongs to the session on chromatin organisation but it is postponed due to constraints of the speaker)


14:00- 16:00 Genetic differentiation, mating type determination, and response to stress from environment (Chair Cristina Miceli)
  • Ewa Przyboś (Krakow, Poland): Genetic differentiation of taxonomic species of Paramecium genus
  • Eric Meyer (Paris, France): Mating-type determination mechanisms in sibling species of the Paramecium aurelia complex
  • Katre Juganson (Tallin Estonia): Toxicity of nanoparticles to Tetrahymena
  • Dia Galanopoulous (Athens, Greece): Phagocytosis, a vital «response to environmental factors» for Tetrahymena

Coffee break

16:30-18:30 Cell polarity determination, role of structural inheritance and ciliary structure (Chair Maria Jerka-Dziadosz)
  • Helena Soares (Lisbon, Portugal): Genes involved in cell polarity in Tetrahymena
  • George Leonariditis (London, UK and Ioannina, Greece): The phosphoinositide kinome of ciliates: implications for cell polarity and ciliary functions
  • Jean Cohen (CGM, Gif-Sur Yvette, France): Basal bodies in Paramecium (This presentation will be given on Thursday 8th)
  • Daniela Sparvoli (Camerino, Italy): Role of different tubulin isotypes in Tetrahymena
10 November - Amphitheatre Rataud, 45 Rue d'ULM, at far end of quadrangle, lower level
9:00-10:00 Bacterial symbiosis of ciliates (Chair Linda Sperling)
  • Martina Schrallhammer (Dresden, Germany) and Giulio Petroni (Pisa, Italy) (presentation by two voices): Paramecium and its endosymbionts: epigenetic manipulation of the host’s phenotype

Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Discussion on networking for project applications to the European Commission (FP7th, Horizon 2020 and others)


End of the meeting


Hi, I am happy that you could organize this MC meeting. Did you inform/invite your rapporteur, Dr. anu Jalanko? Best regards Roland Pochet BMBS chair

Hello, Dr Jalanko was consulted by our chair, Cristina Miceli, before the dates of the meeting were fixed, to be sure that she could attend. Best regards, Linda Sperling, member of MC for France.

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