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Duncan Boren

Date: September 26, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm

In-person location: 168 PLB

Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/95796596975?pwd=YmxGcTIwZjNDamd4RDRnMUZuUkk0Zz09
Meeting ID: 957 9659 6975
Passcode: 420205

Speaker: Duncan Boren, graduate student

Lab: Vermaas lab

Title: TBD

Abstract: Plastoglobules are lipid bodies found on the surface of the thylakoid in photosynthetic organisms, which bud from the thylakoid in response to abiotic stresses. The mechanisms leading to plastoglobule formation and maintenance are unknown, but are believed to be mediated by proteins binding to the plastoglobule or thylakoid surface. In A. thaliana, the protein fibrillin 1A is suspected to bind to plastoglobule membranes to facilitate plastoglobule formation. To investigate binding mechanics, we perform protein-lipid binding simulations consisting of the fibrillin 1A protein above mono- and bi-layered membranes, and investigate the difference in amino acid residues involved in membrane binding.