Scope of the Conference
aim of the international meeting Mechanism(s) of
Exocytosis 2008 is to bring together top
scientists in the field to discuss the current
status of exocytosis and to define future goals.
Exocytosis, a universal process of eukaryotic cells,
consisting of the fusion between the vesicle and the
plasma membrane is an important topic in cell
biology, physiology, biophysics, biochemistry and
many other disciplines. The understanding of this
rather complex process is essential for the
understanding of normal function of unicellular and
multicellular organisms from animal to plant
kingdoms and in pathological conditions as well.
During the last three decades a rapid increase in
the number of research papers addressing this topic
have been published. Since the term exocytosis was
first mentioned in the PubMed list of journals,
almost 14000 papers were published, reaching an
apparently saturating number of about 800 exocytosis
papers published every year (Figure).
The development of our understanding of exocytosis
spans the initial evidences that “something is being
released” from cells to the description of extensive
physiological, biophysical, molecular and genetic
properties of the process. We now have a long list
of key proteins involved in exocytosis in a number
of cell types, but we still have to strive to find a
consensus about a mechanism or mechanisms that
describe the interplay of key players in functional
participants: about 70, 25 invited speakers, up to
60 poster presentations.