Written by Christiane Helene Comique
Contributions from: Kim Claudette J. Fernandez, Gelo Saavedra, and Gracia Fe B. Yu
25th FAOBMB international conference
For the health sciences cluster, 5 presenters presented their research. Ms. Kimberly Stacy Hope Benzon of St. Luke’s Medical Center, talked about the evaluation of the anti-diabetic properties of Curcumin through measurement of glucose uptake in C212 myotube cells. Prof. Andrea Roxanne Anas of Faculty of Pharmacy, Meijo Univeristy, Japan, talked about the study of factor VIIIa-s TF inhibitors from toxic Microcystis aeruginosa K139. Ms. Miruna Sudharshani Kalaiman Rabindrakumar of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, talked about iron depletion in early pregnancy in urban Sri Lankan women warrants urgent attention. Ms. Marylette Bautista Roa of St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, talked about whole genome analyses of antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from the Philippines reveal 2 blaNDM variants and a wide spectrum of resistance determinants. Finally. Prof. Gonul Seyda Seydel, Ph.D of Health Care Services Department, University of Omer Halisdemir, Nigde, Turkey, talked about the prediction of acute ischemic stroke from hematological and biochemical parameters.
For the environmental and biodiversity cluster, 5 presenters presented their research. Prof. Lilibeth A. Salvador-Reyes, Ph.D of the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, talked about chemistry and biology of a rare sponge-associated actinomycete. Ms. Valerie Diane Valeriano of the Department of Animal Resources Sciences, Dankook University, Korea, talked about the omics- based mining and functional analysis of surface proteins mediating host-microbe interactions in Lactobacillus johnsonii PF01. Mr. Gideon A. Legaspi of the College of Science and Computer Studies, De La Salle University (DLSU) Dasmariñas, talked about the screening of indigenous Philippine plants for angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)inhibitors. Ms. Christine Bautista of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), UP Diliman, talked about isolation and characterization of cilicin V from Chromobacterium violaceum. Finally, Prof. Lydia Clemen-Pascual, Ph.D of the Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, talked about the cytotoxicity on colon cancer cells VS bone marrow stem cells of Philippine medicinal plant extract.
For the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology cluster, there were 5 presenters. Mr. Lorenzo Zarate of the NIMBB, UP Diliman, talked about identifying structural determinants governing heterodimerization in the integrin B3 subfamily via molecular dynamics simulations. Mr. Fidel Serrano of the NIMBB, UP Diliman, talked about the preliminary investigation into the functional consequence of cosmic mutations K125E and D252Y on the PTEN tumor suppressor. Prof. Jose IsaganiJ.I. Janairo, Ph.D of the Biology Department, College of Science, DLSU Manila, talked about the influence of pH on peptide-mediated biomineralization: effects on nanostructure morphology and catalytic activity. Prof. Wei Hsum Yap, Ph.D of School of Biosciences, Taylor University, Malaysia, talked about the secretory phospholipase A2 IIA- regulation of macrophage lipid accumulation by maslinic acid: a potent anti-inflammatory molecule. Finally, Mr. Leonardo Jun Guevarra, MSc. of the Department of Biochemistry, UST Faculty of Pharmacy, talked about vibrational proteomics as a biochemometric approach in disease diagnosis.
For the Cell and Cancer Biology cluster, there were 3 presenters. Prof. Reynaldo Garcia, Ph.D of the NIMBB, UP Diliman, talked about functional characterization of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) implicated in colorectal, lung and other cancers. Prof. Jonel Saludes, Ph.D of Gregor Mendel Research Laboratories, University of San Agustin, talked about the de novo designed peptides from sugar amino acid enable transport of fluorogenic cargo access mammalian cell membranes. Finally, Prof. Paul Gleeson, Ph.D of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne, Australia, talked about the Golgi apparatus: from membrane trafficking to the regulation of autophagy.
For the Environmental Safety and Occupational Health cluster, there were 3 presenters. Prof. Edwin Jerry Tamayo, Ph.D of South Texas College, Texas, USA, talked about the impact of a health and wellness education program among participants with lifestyle diseases in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA. Prof. I. Made Atrika, Ph.D of the Department of Biochemistry, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia, talked about biosafety for handling emerging viruses. Finally, Dr. Edith Tria, MD of San Lazaro Hospital, talked about the dilemma in advanced life sciences of dual use research concern (DURC).
For the Food and Nutritional Biochemistry cluster, there were also 3 presenters. Prof. Gemiliano Aligui, MD, MPH, Ph.D, the vice-president for academic affairs, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medial Center, Inc. (UERMMC), talked about nutritional and safety bioequivalency of genetically modified and unmodified food. Dr. Romulo de Villa, MD, Ph.D of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, talked about “Is cancer a metabolic disease?” Finally, Prof. Yau-Huei Wei, Ph.D of the Department of Life Sciences and Institute of Genome Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, talked about mitochondrial dysfunction and dysregulation of calcium homeostasis in insulin insensitivity and diabetes.
The Fellowship Night