We strongly suggest you to submit abstracts of your work as 12 submitted communications will be selected for SHORT talks of 10-12 minutes and 3-5 minutes of questions.


Day 1

Sunday, September 24th, 2017


Opening of the Symposium

20.30 Keynote Lecture

Miguel A. de Pedro (Centro de Biologia Molecular "Severo Ochoa" CSIC-UAM)

Murein: A biosphere homeostatic factor?


Day 2

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Session 1. Building the wall (Chair: Rut Carballido-Lopez, INRA, France) 

09.00 - 09.30 Tom Bernhardt (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA)

NlpD links cell wall remodeling and outer membrane invagination during cytokinesis in Escherichia coli

09.30 - 10.00 Ethan Garner (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA)

Insights into the mechanisms determining the width and growth rate of B. subtilis

10.00 - 10.15 Short talk 1

Victoria A Lund (Sheffield University, UK)

Distribution and coordination of cell wall peptidoglycan insertion in S. aureus

10.15 - 10.30 Short talk 2

Karina Ramijan Carmiol (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Reversible metamorphosis in a bacterium

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30 Seok-Yong Lee (Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)

Crystal structure of the MOP flippase MurJ

11.30 - 12.00 Tanneke de Blaauwen (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Role of MurJ in peptidoglycan synthesis

12.30 Lunch


Afternoon break

16.30 - 17.30 Coffee & Posters


Session 2. Modifying the Wall (Chair: Cécile Morlot, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France)

17.30 - 18.00 Waldemar Vollmer (Newcastle University, UK)

Multiple protein-protein interactions govern peptidoglycan synthesis and hydrolysis in E. coli

18.00 - 18.30 Michel Arthur (Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Université Paris VI, France)

Analysis of the diversity of ß-lactam-interacting enzymes provides insight into the potential and limits for evolution toward resistance

18.30 - 18.45 Short talk 3

Mijoon Lee (University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA)

Deciphering the nature of enzymatic modifications of bacterial cell wall

18.45 - 19.00 Short talk 4

Yen-Pang Hsu (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA)

Elicidating post-septational peptidoglycan (PG) remodeling using fluorescent D-amino acids

19.00 - 19.30 Juan Hermoso (Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano - CSIC, Madrid, Spain)

Structural insigths on regulation of peptidoglycan recycling and antibiotics resistance in P. aeruginosa

19.30 - 20.00 Suzanne Walker (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA)

Another brick in the wall


Day 3

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017


Session 3. Interactions with the wall (Chair: Ivo G Boneca, Institut Pasteur, France)

09.00 - 09.30 K Mark Coggeshall (University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma city, OK, USA)

Anthrax peptidoglycan activates both intrinsic and extrinsic coagulation pathways to cause hemostatic and DIC in non-human primates

09.30 - 10.00 Andrea Wolf (Cedars-Sinai Medical center, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The peptidoglycan-derived sugar, N-acetylglucosamine, modulates the glycolytic enzyme hexokinase leading to inflammasome activation

10.00 - 10.15 Short talk 5

Sónia Castanheiro (Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia - CSIC, Madrid, Spain)

A novel penicillin-binding protein contributes to Salmonella infection in eukaryotic cells

10.15 - 10.30 Short talk 6

Catherine Werts (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)

LipL21 lipoprotein binding to peptidoglycan as a peculiar mechanism of Leptospira interrogans escape from NOD receptors signaling

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30 Julien Royet (Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille, Université Aix-Marseille, France)

When PGN modifies fly behavior by acting on octapaminergic neurons

11.30 - 12.00 Rochellys Diaz Heijtz (Karolinska Institut, Stockholm, Sweden)

Bacterial peptidoglycans as novel signaling molecules from microbiota to brain

12.30 Lunch


Afternoon break or

14.00 - 16.00 Sheba Agarwal-Jans (Microbiology and Mycology Publisher, Elsivier)

Workshop "Getting your article published - Insights to what Editors, authors and readers want"

16.30 - 17.30 Coffee & Posters


Session 4. Inhibition of the wall (Chair: Natalie Strynadka, Univ British Columbia, Canada)

17.30 - 18.00 Malcolm Page (Basilea Pharmaceuticals, Switzerland)

Strategies and challenges in cell wall inhibition

18.00 - 18.30 Jeff Errington (Newcastle University, UK)

Lysozyme can counter ß-lactam killing by promoting the emergence of L-form bacteria

18.30 - 18.45 Short talk 7

Karin Schubert (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany)

Influence of anti-tuberculosis drugs on cell wall synthesis in Corynebacterineae

18.45 - 19.00 Short talk 8

Paulo Vinicius da Mata Madeira (Laboratório Nacional de Biociências, Campinas, Brasil)

Identification of new molecules capable to avoid transpeptidation

19.00 - 19.30 Eric Brown (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Pushing the envelope in Gram-negative bacteria

19.30 - 20.00 Folkert Reck (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Emeryville, CA, USA)

LYS228, a novel monobactam to treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant Enterobacteriaceae


20.30 Cocktail and Gala Diner


Day 4

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Session 5. Regulating the Wall (Chair: David Roper, Univ Warwick, UK)

09.00 - 09.30 Christophe Grangeasse (Molecular Microbiology and Structural Biochemistry, University Lyon 1, France)

Disentangling the role of PASTA domains in cell division of Steptococcus pneumoniae

09.30 - 10.00 Andrea Dessen (Institut Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France)

Structural insights into PBP interactions in cell wall formation and defense

10.00 - 10.15 Short talk 9

Eleni Karinou (Imperial College London, UK)

Elucidating the physiological role of lipoteichoic acid in Staphylococcus aureus

10.15 - 10.30 Short talk 10

Sara Hernandez (Umea University, Umea, Sweden)

Regulatory crosstalk between peptidoglycan biosynthesis and recycling in Vibrio

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30 Andy Lovering (University of Birmingham, UK)

Structural basis for elements of peptidoglycan modification by the bacterial predator Bdellovibrio

11.30 - 12.00 Malcolm Winkler (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA)

Static and dynamic measurements of rotational movement of PBPs, FtsZ and divisome proteins in Streptococcus pneumoniae

12.30 Lunch


Afternoon break

16.30 - 17.30 Coffee & Posters


Session 6. Coordinating the Wall (with the cell cycle) (Chair: Lori Burrows, McMaster Univ, Canada)

17.30 - 18.00 Petra Levin (Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA)

The cell envelope: a dynamic link between inside and outside

18.00 - 18.30 Jaan Mannik (University of Tenneessee, Knoxville, TN, USA)

Multiple layers of coordination provide reliable partitioning of chromosomes during E. coli cell division

18.30 - 18.45 Short talk 11

Manuel Pazos (Newcastle University, UK)

ZipA interacts with peptidoglycan synthases during early stages of Escherichia coli cell division

18.45 - 19.00 Short talk 12

Adrián Izquierdo Martínez (University of Marburg, Germany)

Coordination of peptidoglycan hydrolysis during cell division in C. crescentus

19.00 - 19.30 Lori Burrows (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada)

Type IV pilus assembly systems are preinstalled during cell division

19.30 - 20.00 Mariana Pinho (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Oeiras, Portugal)

Recruitment of peptidoglycan synthesis to midcell drives cell envelope constriction

20.00 Closing of the meeting and selection of the next venue


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