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Sci. Signal., 24 March 2009
Vol. 2, Issue 63, p. mr3
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.263mr3]


Signal Transduction—Receptors, Mediators, and Genes

Frank Entschladen1*, Jonathan A. Lindquist2, Edgar Serfling3, Gerald Thiel4, Arnd Kieser5, Klaudia Giehl6, Christina Ehrhardt7, Stephan M. Feller8, Oliver Ullrich9, Fred Schaper10, Ottmar Janssen11, Ralf Hass12, and Karlheinz Friedrich13

1 Institute of Immunology, Witten/Herdecke University, Witten, Germany.
2 Institute of Molecular and Clinical Immunology, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany.
3 Institut of Pathology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
4 Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of the Saarland, Homburg, Germany.
5 Department of Gene Vectors, Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany.
6 University Clinic Ulm, Ulm, Germany.
7 Institute of Molecular Virology, Westfälische-Wilhelms University, Münster, Germany.
8 Molecular Oncology, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
9 Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
10 Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
11 Institute of Immunology, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany.
12 Medical University of Hannover, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Tumor Biology, Hannover, Germany.
13 Institute of Biochemistry, University of Jena Medical School, Jena, Germany.

A report on the 12th Joint Meeting of the Signal Transduction Society, Weimar, Germany, 28 to 31 October 2008.

Abstract: The 2008 annual meeting of the Signal Transduction Society covered a broad spectrum of topics, with signaling in immune cells as the special focus of the meeting. Many of the immune signaling talks concerned B and T lymphocytes in particular; the role of inflammatory cytokines in cancer progression was also addressed. Neoplastic development was also discussed with regard to aspects of cell cycle control, aging, and transformation. Topics extended to signaling pathways induced by bacteria, viruses, and environmental toxins, as well as those involved in differentiation, morphogenesis, and cell death. This international and interdisciplinary scientific gathering induced lively discussions and close interactions between participants.

* Corresponding author. E-mail, entschladen{at}

Citation: F. Entschladen, J. A. Lindquist, E. Serfling, G. Thiel, A. Kieser, K. Giehl, C. Ehrhardt, S. M. Feller, O. Ullrich, F. Schaper, O. Janssen, R. Hass, K. Friedrich, Signal Transduction—Receptors, Mediators, and Genes. Sci. Signal. 2, mr3 (2009).

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