Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PLICO (Plant lipidome remodelling during cold acclimation)
Reporting period: 2016-01-15 to 2018-01-14
-The identification of the role of that AtSYT1 and AtSYT3 have in freezing tolerance and non-vesicular phospholipid transfer
-The identification of specific lipids interacting with AtSYT3 in vitro and in vivo
-The identification of AtSYT1 interactors related with its functional role
-The characterisation of interaction of AtSYT1 with candidate ER-PM tethers
Additionally, this project has also been very active at communication, dissemination and public engagement. The researcher has participated in two international scientific conferences, one international EMBO course and she has presented this project to the general public and secondary school students in several occasions every year.
We are just finalizing the first manuscript to be submitted in a couple of months. Because of the innovative aspects of these results, it is expected to publish these findings in one of the top scientific journals. A second manuscript is also in preparation and it is also going to be submitted in a high-impact scientific journal (peer-review, open-access).
Additionally, we have initiated several international collaborations. To be outlined, it is the strong collaboration with one of the world’s leading research groups in Plant Lipids at Rothamsted Research (UK). This project has definitely stimulated collaborative efforts that will include common grant applications in a near future.
Finally, this fellowship has broadened the researcher´s knowledge in acquiring deep expertise in confocal microscopy, protein-interaction techniques and in lipid-protein interactions. Additionally, it has allowed the transition of the researcher to senior position at the University of Malaga since she has been offered a permanent position as an independent researcher.