The fifth U.K. meeting on nuclear envelope disease and chromatin brought together international experts from across the field of nuclear envelope biology to discuss the advancements in a class of tissue-specific degenerative diseases called the laminopathies. Clinically, these range from relatively mild fat-wasting disorders to the severe premature aging condition known as Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome. Since the first association of the nuclear envelope with human inherited disease in 1994, there has been an exponential increase in an unexpected variety of functions associated with nuclear envelope proteins, ranging from mechanical support and nucleocytoskeletal connections to regulation of chromatin organization and gene expression. This Biochemical Society Focused Meeting reinforced the functional complexity of nuclear-associated diseases, revealed new avenues to be investigated and highlighted the signalling pathways suitable as therapeutic targets.

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