28.08.2019 Workshop des SFB987 Microbial Diversity in Environmental Signal Response
Unusual cell compartments in lower eukaryotes
Eukaryotic microorganisms (such as fungi, algae, and protists) display an impressive adaptive potential, comparable to that of prokaryotes. They thrive in challenging environments or live in association with other species, either as pathogens or mutualistic symbionts. Their adaptive specialization within their respective habitats depends, among others, on the development of non-canonical cell compartments that provide dedicated biochemical and cell biological functions or serve important roles in the life cycle of the pathogen.
Some eukaryotic microorganisms dwell in nutrition-rich environments. This has allowed them to simplify or even loose functionally well-defined classical cell compartments during their own evolution.
This international workshop brings together scientists studying the biogenesis, function and evolution of unusual cell compartments in molecular depth. Moreover, the role of these compartments in pathogenesis will be a central topic of the meeting.