Scientific Program

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Past Conferences Report

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Hailong An

Hebei University of Technology, China

Keynote: Identification of the calcium-dependent gating and targeted-drug discovery of CaCCs

Time : 09:00

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Hailong An received his PhD degree in Biophysics in Hebei University of Technology in 2005. After that, he was appointed to the faculty in Institute of Biophysics, Hebei University of Technology. From 2006 to 2008, he worked in Hebei Medical University under supervision by Prof. Hailin Zhang as a postdoc. Awarded by China Scholarship Council, he spent 20 months in Prof. Diomedes E. Logothetis’ Lab as a visiting scholar. He focuses on understanding the structure-function relationship of ion channels, the relationship between ion channels and major diseases and drug screening targeting at ion channels. More than 50 papers have been published in academic journals such as Scientific Reports, Journal of Biological Chemistry, British Journal of Pharmacology etc., and more than 40 papers were included in the SCI (total impact factor: 126.52), the paper was cited more than 200 times.


Calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCCs) play vital roles in a variety of physiological processes. Transmembrane protein 16A (TMEM16A) has been confirmed as the molecular counterpart of CaCCs which greatly pushes the molecular insights of CaCCs forward. However, the detailed mechanism of Ca2+ binding and activating the channel is still obscure. To identify the calcium binding site, the authors presented a computational approach which combined the fragment homology modeling with molecular dynamics simulation. Our data show that the first intracellular loop serves as a Ca2+ binding site including D439, E444, and E447. The experimental results indicate that a novel residue, E447, plays a key role in Ca2+ binding. Compared with WT TMEM16A, E447Y produces a 30-fold increase in EC50 of Ca2+ activation and leads to a 100-fold increase in Ca2+ concentrations that is needed to fully activate the channel. It is well established that TMEM16A is a drug target in many diseases, including cystic fibrosis, hypertension, asthma, and various tumors. Therefore, identifying potent and specific modulators of the TMEM16A channel is crucial. Here, the authors identified two modulators from the traditional Chinese
medicine, an activator, Ginsenoside Rb1 (GRb1) which can increase the amplitude and frequency of contractions in an isolated guinea pig ileum assay in vivo and serve as a lead compound for the development of novel drugs for the treatment of diseases caused by TMEM16A dysfunction, an inhibitor, matrine which can dramatically inhibit the growth of lung adenocarcinoma tumors in xenografted mice, and may function as an anti-lung adenocarcinoma drug targeting at TMEM16 channels.

Keynote Forum

Vaughn Smider

Scripps Research Institute, USA

Keynote: Cow antibodies: Unusual biology and new opportunities.

Time : 12:20-13:00

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Dr. Vaughn Smider received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is currently on the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department, and is also the Chief Scientific Officer of Sevion Therapeutics.  Dr. Smider’s research focuses on both basic biology and applied technology in the antibody field, including antibody genetics, structure, engineering and development.


Typical mouse or human antibodies have CDR H3 loop lengths of 10-15 amino acids, which often form a flat binding surface for contact with antigen.  In contrast, cows can form CDR H3 regions of over 70 amino acids, which form novel ‘stalk’ and ‘knob’ domains that protrude far from the antibody surface.  These antibodies utilize an unusual diversity generating system that alters cysteine positions and disulfide bonding patterns in the knob.  The functional importance of this antibody system is illustrated by recent experiments showing that cows, unlike other species, can make a broad and potent neutralizing antibody response to spike antigens of HIV.


Keynote Forum

Iftikhar Ahmed

University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Keynote: Volatile organic metabolites as novel, non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers in inflammatory Bowel Disease

Time : 11:40-12:20

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Dr Ahmed is a consultant gastroenterologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and visiting consultant at East Sussex Hospitals NHS foundation trust Eastbourne He is also an Hon. Senior clinical lecturer at the University of Southampton UK. His research interests include investigating the changes in the smell of faeces and breathe in order to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of GI disorders and to develop a non-invasive biomarker. Through formal laboratory research, Dr Ahmed studied the faecal volatile metabolomics profiles of patients with Liver disease ( NAFLD) , IBD and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in comparison with healthy individuals, and was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by University of the Bristol in 2012.
Dr Ahmed has collaborative research experience with international colleagues, presented his work at both national and international conferences, and was awarded travel grants and prizes for the best abstracts and oral presentations on various occasions.



The Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) requires extensive and often invasive investigations including colonoscopy and histology and places a heavy burden, both on healthcare resources, because of the cost, and on the individual, in times of disease-related disability and poor quality of life. Recently, there has been increasing interest in non-invasive biomarkers to diagnose IBD and to monitor the disease activity. There is growing scientific interest in the investigation of volatile metabolites and numbers of studies have focused on the utilization of non-invasive biomarkers in the diagnosis of GI disease.
The development of sophisticated analytical techniques has enabled the study and interpretation of changes in the faecal and breath volatile organic metabolites (VOMs) and its correlation with the pathophysiological mechanisms in IBD. VOMs are the chemicals that are the products and intermediates of metabolism and may be altered during the diseases process. Changes in the signature of VOMs could
potentially provide diagnostic information about health and disease. Multiple studies have reported the differences in VOM profiles of healthy controls vs. patients with IBD other GI disorders. VOM profiles have been used to segregate patients by disease activity and the type of disease. The correlation of VOMs with microbiota is interesting and supports the hypothesis of gut microbial dysbiosis in the etiology of IBD. This provides an important platform to explore the role of dysbiosis in IBD and other GI disorders pathogenesis and development of novel therapeutic targets. In future, further understanding of faecal VOMs may lead to the development of a rapid and simple point of care diagnosis and monitoring of IBD.

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Orkid Coskuner-Weber is an expert in Alzheimer´s and Parkinso´s disease mechanism studies and monoclonal antibody design. She recived her Ph.D. degree from the Universitaet zu Koeln in Germany. She was a postdoc at Johns Hopkins and Stanford Universities. She was an assistant professor at George Mason University and at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She recently took a position in Istanbul for opening the Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s disease research center. She has been associated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology since 2005. She develops and uses quantum chemical, statistical mechanical, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and experimental tools in her research activities.



Alzheimer`s disease affects 10 million Americans and 44 million people worldwide. There are various biochemical mechanisms and processes that play a role in Alzheimer´s disease. These mechanisms are debated in the literature and there is currently no efficient drug that halts the progress of the disease. Efficient and effective drug design studies require detailed understanding of associated biochemical and biophysical mechanisms at the atomic level with dynamics. We investigate all biochemical processes and mechanisms associated with Alzheimer´s disease using quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and experiments. Using the information that we gain from biochemical investigations, we design monoclonal antibodies in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. In this talk, we will present some of our studies about the roles of genetics, mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress mechanisms in Alzheimer´s disease. Our theoretical and experimental results show that ATP reduces the fibrillization of disordered amyloid-β, transition metal ion coordination with amyloid-β increases the fibrillization progress and genetic factors significantly impact the fibrillization and aggregation properties of amyloid-β alloforms. Furthermore, we will provide insights into monoclonal antibody design for the treatment of Alzheimer´s disease.


Biochem Congress 2018 International Conference Keynote Speaker Jun-ichi KADOKAWA photo

Jun-ichi Kadokawa received his Ph.D. in 1992. He then joined Yamagata University as a Research Associate. From 1996 to 1997, he worked as a visiting scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Germany. In 1999, he became an Associate Professor at Yamagata University and moved to Tohoku University in 2002. He was appointed as a Professor of Kagoshima University in 2004. His research interests focus on polysaccharide materials. He received the Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science (1997) and the Cellulose Society of Japan Award (2009). He has published more than 200 papers in academic journals.



Biological macromolecules, such as polysaccharide and protein (peptide) exhibit specific in vivo functions in living systems, which are appeared by their controlled primary and higher-order assembled structures. Many kinds of conjugates, which are assembled from such biological macromolecules, are present as vital materials in nature.  Therefore, artificial assemblies from biological macromolecules can be expected as new bio-based functional materials, which have a potential for practical applications in biomedical and tissue engineering fields. Polysaccharides are known to form nanostructured higher-order assemblies by non-covalent linkages such as hydrogen bonds. Accordingly, the construction of hierarchically assembled structures, so-called supramolecules, from polysaccharides has attracted much attention to obtain new polysaccharide-based functional materials. For example, amylose, which is a linear polysaccharide linked through a(1g4)-glycosidic linkages and well-known as a component of starch, forms regularly controlled assemblies, that is, inclusion complex and double helix, depending on whether guest compounds are present or not. Amylose with well-defined structure is synthesized by phosphorylase-catalyzed enzymatic polymerization using a-d-glucose 1-phosphate (G-1-P) and a(1g4)-oligoglucan (maltooligosaccharide) as monomer and primer, respectively. As the polymerization is initiated from the non-reducing end of the maltooligosaccharide primer, the enzymatic polymerization can be conducted using primers covalently linked to other polymeric materials (immobilized primers) at the reducing end, giving rise to amylose-grafted bio-based polymeric materials.1,2 By means of the property of spontaneously double helix formation from the enzymatically synthesized amylose, the phosphorylase-catalyzed enzymatic polymerization using the immobilized primers produces supramolecular assemblies comprising the double helix cross-linking points.3,4 For example, the phosphorylase-catalyzed enzymatic polymerization using the immobilized primers on chitin nanofibers was investigated to produce amylose-grafted chitin nanofiber assemblies.5 Owing to supramolecular network structure by the double helix cross-linking points, the product formed hydrogels, which were further converted into porous materials with controlled nano- and microstructures by lyophilization.


Location: Los Angeles

Session Introduction

Ambi Ahmed

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Nigeria

Title: Evaluation of Hexavalent Chromium Bioremediation Potential of Hibiscus Sabdarifa Calyx Extract.

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Hexavalent chromium toxicity remains an indispensible toxicity to bioremediation. Hibiscus sabdariffa is a plant rich in antioxidants. The bioreduction potential of hibiscus sabdariffa calyx extract in bioremediation of toxic hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) to less toxic trivalent chromium (Cr III) was examined in this study. In a batch mode, the effect of process parameters viz pH, temperature, initial Cr(VI) concentration, contact time and bioreductant concentration was assessed on the bioreduction process. Hexavalent chromium was quantified using diphenyl carbazide complexing agent that forms violet colour. The kinetic and thermodynamic of the process was also investigated. The extract (1 mg/ml) was able to bioreduce 72% of 10 mg/L hexavalent chromium solution in 15 minutes. The optimized condition of the process was achieved at pH 2.0 and 25oC. Kinetics studies on the bioreduction reveals pseudo second-order as the main kinetic path the reaction takes with R2 values of 0.928, 0.993 and 0.997. The extract has the potential to reduce hexavalent chromium which is toxic to trivalent chromium (less toxic).