Plant Oxylipins

June 12 - 14, 2003 University of Göttingen Germany

2nd Joint Symposium of

Local Organiser:

Ivo Feussner, University of Göttingen

Scientific Advisory Board:


Support from these following fine companies is gratefully acknowledged:

Cayman Cayman Chemical Company

Larodan Larodan Fine Chemicals AB

NPZ Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht, Hans-Georg Lembke KG


Thursday, June 12, 2003

18.00-19.00 Registration
19.00-20.30 Welcome Reception at the Center for Molecular Biosciences (congress location)

Friday, June 13, 2003

8.00-8.30 Registration
8.30-8.35 Opening remarks (Ivo Feussner)

Biochemistry in Oxylipin Formation
Chairperson: Rod Casey

8.30-9.00 Elisabeth Blee (Strasbourg, France): "Molecular mechanism of plant epoxide hydrolases"
9.00-9.30 Kenji Matsui (Yamaguchi, Japan): "Short chain aldehyde-forming systems in plants: biochemistry and physiological role"
9.30-9.50 Ivo Feussner (Goettingen, Germany): "Analysis of 16:3-derived oxylipins"
9.50-10.10 Mats Hamberg (Stockholm, Sweden): "Aspects of the lipoxygenase-divinyl ether synthase pathway"

10.10-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-10.50 Gerrit Veldink (Utrecht, The Netherlands): "Key enzymes in the oxylipin cascade: lipoxygenase and hydroperoxide lyase"
10.50-11.10 Martin Mueller (Wuerzburg, Germany): "Dinor isoprostanes in plants: formation and biological activities"
11.10-11.30 Alexander Grechkin (Kasan, Russia): "Hydroperoxide lyase reaction mechanism"

11.30-13.00 Lunch in the Mensa

Eicosanoids in Mosses, Algae and Fungi
Chairpersons: Santosh Nigam, Alan Brash

13.00-13.30 A. Brash (Nashville, TN, USA): "Lipoxygenases from Marine Invertebrates"
13.30-14.00 S. Nigam (Berlin, Germany): "3-Hydroxyoxylipins: structure, biochemistry and biological functions"

14.00-15.30 Coffee break and poster session

15.30-15.50 Georg Pohnert (Jena, Germany): "Oxylipin-mediated chemical defense of Diatoms"
15.50-16.10 Nigulas Samel (Tallin, Estonia): "Characterization of Two Cyclooxygenase Genes in the Coral Gersemia fruticosa"
16.10-16.30 Lodewyk Kock (Bloemfontein, South Africa): "The distribution of 3-hydroxy oxylipins in fungi and its implications"

Oxylipins in Plant Development I
Chairperson: Ivo Feussner

16.30-17.00 John Browse (Pullman, WA, USA): "Transcript Profiling During Jasmonate-Induced Anther Maturation"
17.00-17.30 Claus Wasternack (Halle, Germany): "Jasmonates in flowering and germination"

18:00 optional guided tour through the old botanical garden

19:30 Buffet Dinner at the orangerie of the old botanical garden

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Oxylipins in Plant Development II
Chairperson: Ivo Feussner

8.30-8.50 George Sellhorn (Pullman, WA, USA): "Linking cellular specialization to lipoxygenase structure and function"
8.50-9.10 Gareth Griffiths (Wellesbourne, UK): "The role of lipoxygenases in floral senescence"

Oxylipins in Plant Defence Reactions
Chairperson: Jose Sanchez-Serrano

9.10-9.40 David Hannapel (Ames, IA, USA): "The role of potato lipoxygenases in development and defense"
9.40-10.10 Ted Farmer (Lausanne, Switzerland): "Cyclopentenone jasmonates as electrophilic inducers of gene expression"

10.10-10.40 Coffee break

10.40-11.00 A. van der Westhuizen (Bloemfontein, South Africa): "Lipid-like compounds in wheat and resistance to the Russian wheat aphid"
11.00-11.20 Thierry Heitz (Strasbourg, France): "Pathogen-induced lipid acyl hydrolases and oxylipin metabolism"
11.20-11.40 Joëlle Fournier (Toulouse, France): "Lipoxygenases in plant response to pathogens"
11.40-12.00 Sabine Rosahl (Halle, Germany): "Oxylipins and induced defence in potato"
12.00-12.20 Carmen Castresana (Madrid, Spain): "Fatty acid a-dioxygenases (a-DOXs) initiate a new oxylipin synthetic pathway in plants responding to pathogen attack"
12.20-12.40 Maite Sanmartin (Madrid, Spain): "Involvement of Hexenal in Arabidopsis thaliana wound signaling"
12.40-12.45 Closing remarks (Ivo Feussner)


Oxylipins in Plant Defence Reactions

Stenzel I., Halle/D: Jasmonate-mediated amplification in wound-signaling of tomato
Kishimoto K., Yamaguchi/J: Effect of airborne C6-aldehyde and isoprenoid treatment in Arabidopsis thaliana on gray mold (Botrytis cinerea)
Santino A., Lecce/I:Molecular cloning and characterisation of a putative hydroperoxide lyase gene from almond
Sasaki-Sekimoto Y., Yokohama/ J: Monitoring of distinct expression changes induced by different types of jasmonates in Arabidopsis by cDNA macroarray
Kolomiets M., College Station/USA: Genomics of maize lipoxygenase gene family: comparison to rice and Arabidopsis genomes
Herde M., Göttingen/ D: Transcription factors induced by intermediates of the octadecanoid pathway

Oxylipins in Plant Development

Delker C., Halle/D: The allene oxide cyclase family of Arabidopsis thaliana
Miersch O., Halle/ D: Old and new jasmonates - occurrence and putative functions
Fortes A.M., Lisbon/ P: Expression of allene oxide cyclase and oxylipin levels during organogenic nodule formation from hop internodes
Hughes R., Norwich/GB: Characterisation and expression of lipoxygenases and hydroperoxide lyases
Kubigsteltig I., Bochum/D: Cas1- A novel Arabidopsis mutant affected in the transcriptional control of allene oxide synthase
Kunze S., Göttingen/ D: Characterization of the lipoxygenase gene family of Arabidopsis
Göbel C., Göttingen/ D: Oxylipin profiling - Metabolomic characterisation of lipid peroxidation processes in plants
Rothe G., Halle/ D: Functional analysis of oxylipin biosynthesis genes of potato

Eicosanoids in Mosses, Algae and Fungi

Ottonello S., Parma/I:A PLA2-mediated signalling pathway in filamentous fungi?
Sahi S., New Delhi/ IND: Molecular modeling Studies on Interaction of 3-HETE with COX-1/COX-2
Ciccoli R., Berlin/ D: Role of 3-Hydroxyoxylipins in the Morphogenesis of Candida albicans: Can Aspirin, an Inhibitor of 3-Hydroxyoxylipins, Serve as a Theraputic Against Vulvovaginal Candidosis
Ciccoli R., Naples/ I:Biological effects of a novel eicosanoid 3-hydroxy-PGE2

Biochemistry in Oxylipin Formation

Chechetkin I.R., Kazan/ RUS: Biosynthesis of ketodienes in some plant species
Schilmiller A.L., East Lansing/ USA: Characterization of a Jasmonate-regulated Allene Oxide Synthase that Metabolizes 9-Hydroperoxides of Linoleic and Linolenic Acids
Sattler S. E., East Lansing, MI/ USA: The effect of tocopherol deficiency on lipid peroxidation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Stintzi A., Stuttgart/ D: Structural and functional characterization of OPR3: its role in JA biosynthesis and wound signaling
Stumpe M., Göttingen/ D: Characterization of CYP74-Enzymes and their reaction products in potato

Additional Contributions:

Submissions for additional contributions (posters) are acceptable until April, 30, 2003.


We have reserved a number of rooms (74,14 Euro/night including breakfast) at the Best Western Hotel, Hermann-Rein-Str. 2, 37075 Göttingen (see map above).

Phone +49 551 3055 0, Fax +49 551 3055 400, hotel.am.papenberg@t-online.de


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Congress Fees

until May 9, 2003 after May 9, 2003
Students, Member 0 Euro 50 Euro
Students, Non-Member 50 Euro 100 Euro
Member 170 Euro 220 Euro
Non-Member 200 Euro 250 Euro

The fees include the entrance to the scientific program, the book of abstract/list of participants, coffee breaks, the welcome reception and a three days ticket for the public transport in Göttingen

Please use the Online-Registration system to register. Alternatively you can download and send us a printed registration form.

Social Program

The welcome reception (June 12, 19:00 hours) is included in the congress fee, but registration is required.


The congress dinner (June 13, 19:30 hours) will take place at the orangerie of the old botanical garden in Goettingen (Untere Karspüle 2). Registration is required (add 35 Euro).


The Symposium will take place at the Goettinger Center for Molecular Biosciences, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, D-37077 Goettingen, Germany, Phone +49 551 395742 Fax +49 551 395749, E-Mail ifeussn@gwdg.de

How to get there: Please see the maps below

Long distance travellers/ Arrival by train: From Frankfurt Airport, take the ICE train connection directly to Goettingen (It will take about 2 hours). From Hanover Airport, there are train connections via a local train (20 minutes) to the main train station. Then, take the ICE train connection directly to Goettingen (it will take about 30 more minutes). Please make use of the travel service of the German railroad at http://bahn.hafas.de/bin/query.exe/en


Congress office:

The congress office is located near the lecture hall and is at your service

Thursday, June 12: 18:00 - 19:00 hours

Friday, June 13: 08:00 - 17:30 hours

Saturday, June 14: 08:00 - 13:00 hours

Additional Information:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft (DGF) P.O. Box 90 04 40 D- 60444 Frankfurt/ Main Germany, Phone: +49 69 7917 533, Fax: +49 69 7917 564 E-Mail: amoneit@dgfett.de

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