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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the 2007 and 2008 Symposia on Protein N-terminal Acetylation

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Protein N-terminal acetylation: NAT 2007–2008 Symposia

Thomas Arnesen

Author Affiliations

Department of Molecular Biology, University of Bergen, N-5020 Bergen, Norway

Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Bergen, N-5020 Bergen, Norway

Department of Surgery, Haukeland University Hospital, N-5021 Bergen, Norway

BMC Proceedings 2009, 3(Suppl 6):S1  doi:10.1186/1753-6561-3-S6-S1

Published: 4 August 2009


Protein N-terminal acetylation is a very common modification, but has during the past decades received relatively little attention. In order to put this neglected field back on the scientific map, we have in May 2007 and September 2008 arranged two international NAT symposia in Bergen, Norway. This supplement contains selected proceedings from these symposia reflecting the current status of the field, including an overview of protein N-terminal acetylation in yeast and humans, a novel nomenclature system for the N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs) and methods for studying protein N-terminal acetylation in vitro and in vivo.