W.H.A.T.

News


February 2019

We received from prof. Carlo Bergamini an email with the obituary regarding Prof. Laszlo Lorand.

Dr. Laszlo Lorand of Glencoe, IL and Woods Hole, MA passed away peacefully at his home on December 6 at the age of 95. He was a Hungarian born Holocaust survivor and American Immigrant Biochemist and Medical Researcher. He spent the majority of his professional career at Northwestern University and was a Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University at the time of his death. His research was in the area of thrombosis, protein associations, and calcium ions and is considered to have had a major impact in the field of blood coagulation. He received an Absolutorium in Medicine from the University of Budapest and a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Structure from University of Leeds and taught Physiology and Pharmacology at Wayne State University School of Medicine prior to joining Northwestern. Dr. Lorand was also a long-time member of the Marine Biological Laboratory summer research community in Woods Hole, MA. It was at the MBL that he met the love of his life, Joyce Bruner-Lorand, who predeceased him in 2010. He served on the MBL's Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1991 and was a faculty member in the MBL Physiology course. He was an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received numerous awards and honorary degrees throughout his career including an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Illinois and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ferrara, Italy. His scientific publishing career spanned over 70 years, with his last article accepted for publication shortly before his death, and was the author of more than 200 scientific publications. More important than his admirable career was his complete devotion and dedication to his family. He is survived by his daughter, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be private.


August 2018

We received the following message from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

5th International Conference on Polyamines
TAIPEI (Taiwan) September 2nd to 7th, 2018

Conference organizers: Enzo Agostinelli, Kazuei lgarashi and Han-Jia Lin

IMPORTANT NEWS !

We wish to inform you that, as organizers of the 5th International Conference on Polyamines in Taiwan, have invited an authoritative scientist, Professor Demetrious Spandidos, to present his 8 international journals. Demetrious is Editor in Chief of "Spandidos Publications".
Professor Spandidos will present his talk on Monday afternoon, September the 3rd . Please look the scientific program of the Conference.
We invite our group that mainly involves polyamines in "molecular and in medical sciences", to submit original papers or minireviews in one of the following journals: International Journal of Oncology, or Oncology Reports or International Journal of Molecular Medicine), for publishing a "Special Issue".
While, for the colleagues that study polyamines involved in other research fields, I propose, as field Editor, a second "Special Issue" on Amino Acids (edited by Springer Verlag), as in our previous polyamine Tivoli-meetings.
As first step, I invite all the colleagues that have interest to publish a paper on the above Special Issues to send me, not later than September the 10th, a tentative title and an abstract (not more than 150 words). In Taipei, during the Conference, a meeting will be held for further news and decisions (deadline submission, which journal to select and so on).
We are looking forward to welcoming You ALL to TAIPEI on Sunday, September 2nd.
Have nice trip to Taiwan!

Yours,

Enzo, Kazuei and Hanjia

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
PRESIDENT
of the International Polyamines Foundation
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Phone: +39 0649910838
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
mail to: polyfoundation2017@gmail.com


July 2018

We received by Prof. Simone Beninati the announcement about the publication of the special issue of "Medical Sciences" addressed to the scientific community working on transglutaminase, entitled: "Transglutaminases in Health and Disease".

Click here to read the announce of the first Call for papers.


June 2018

5th International Conference on Polyamines

TAIPEI (Taiwan) September 2nd to 7th, 2018

Conference organizers: Enzo Agostinelli, Kazuei lgarashi and Han-Jia Lin

The Polyamines Conference 2018 program is now available at the website:

http://www.polyamines2018.com


December 2017

Below please find the message we received from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli. You can also see a short presentation of the 5th International Conference on Polyamines

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We would like to thank you for your support, your trust and the excellent cooperation. For 2018 we wish you all health, luck "in raising funds to attend the meeting in Taiwan" and success.
All the best for you and for your families.

R E M I N D E R

Please send a tentative title of your abstract. Deadline: December 31, 2017 (last reminder)
5th International Conference on Polyamines
TAIPEI (Taiwan) September 2nd to 7th, 2018

Conference organizers: Enzo Agostinelli, Kazuei lgarashi and Han-Jia Lin

1st Announcement

Following the tradition of successful previous Congresses, I wish to remind You All that the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in TAIPEI (Taiwan) on September 2nd to 7th, 2018

The meeting will be organized by Professors Han-Jia Lin (hanjia@ntou.edu.tw ), Kazuei Igarashi and myself.
Taipei is the heart of East Asia and the largest city in Taiwan. Please don't miss its attractions and history, including the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper and the National Palace Museum.
Therefore, we cordially invite You All to participate to the International Polyamines Conference to have another exciting meeting, with the aim to increase the interest of our research field.
Please send SOON a tentative title of your abstract(s) not later than December 31, 2017 (last reminder)
Your abstract and participation helps us to raise funds and to promote polyamine research in Taiwan and Asia!

The website of the meeting is in progress. For the moment, please go to the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/852049998229857/
We are looking forward to welcoming You ALL to TAIPEI (Taiwan) on September 2018

Warm Regards,
Yours,


Enzo, Kazuei and Hanjia

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
PRESIDENT of the International Polyamines Foundation
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
mail to: polyfoundation2017@gmail.com



November 2017

R E M I N D E R

Please send a tentative title of your abstract. Deadline: Thursday November 30, 2017

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

5th International Conference on Polyamines

TAIPEI (Taiwan) September 2nd to 7th, 2018

Conference organizers: Enzo Agostinelli, Kazuei lgarashi, Han-Jia Lin

See the full message below (in the October 2017 News).


November 2017

Sad News

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

This e-mail is from SUSAN GILMOUR


I am sorry to share the very sad news that Dr. Tom O'Brien, Ph.D. died suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by his family, on November 14, 2017.

I knew Tom since I was a postdoc in his lab at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. He was one of the most brilliant scientist I've had the privilege to work with. He was also very modest about his research accomplishments and many contributions in the polyamine and skin carcinogenesis fields. Tom was a world-renown cancer biologist who first identified a tumor promoting role for ornithine decarboxylase and polyamines in cancer development. He worked on defining modifier genes (including an ODC allele) that dictate patient susceptibilities to cancer and their treatment. Building on his discoveries, he also pioneered a new polyamine-targeted therapy for use in cancer chemotherapy. At the time of his retirement in 2011, he was the Deputy Director of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.

There will be a visitation on Friday, December 1st from 6:30 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 9:15 am - 10:30 am in the Funeral Home of John Stretch at 236 East Eagle Rd., Havertown, PA.

His funeral service will be at the Holy Comforter Church, 1000 Burmont Rd., Drexel Hill, PA, on Saturday, December 2nd at 11 am.

Tom is survived by his wife Anita, two daughters, two sons, two grandchildren, his twin brother and a younger brother, and two sisters. His family suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Tom O'Brien's name to the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.

Tom will be missed by his many friends in the Polyamine and skin carcinogenesis communities. Please share this news with others who are not included in this email.

Thank you,

Susan Gilmour


Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
PRESIDENT
of the International Polyamines Foundation
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
mail to: polyfoundation2017@gmail.com


October 2017

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

5th International Conference on Polyamines
TAIPEI (Taiwan) September 2nd to 7th, 2018

Conference organizers: Enzo Agostinelli, Kazuei lgarashi, Han-Jia Lin

1st Announcement

Following the tradition of successful previous Congresses, I wish to remind You All that the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives
will be held in TAIPEI (Taiwan) on September 2nd to 7th, 2018

The meeting will be organized by Professors Han-Jia Lin ( hanjia@ntou.edu.tw ), Kazuei Igarashi and myself.
Taipei is the heart of East Asia and the largest city in Taiwan. Please don't miss its attractions and history, including the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper and the National Palace Museum.
Therefore, we cordially invite You All to participate to the International Polyamines Conference to have another exciting meeting, with the aim to increase the interest of our research field.

Please send a tentative title of your abstract not later than November 30, 2017.

Your participation helps us to promote polyamine research in Taiwan and Asia!

Please find in attachment the 1st announcement. The website of the meeting is in progress. Please go to the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/852049998229857/
We are looking forward to seeing You ALL in TAIPEI (Taiwan) in 2018.

Warm Regards,

Yours,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
PRESIDENT
of the International Polyamines Foundation
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


September 2017


9th BIC International Conference

15-17 September 2017
Rome, Italy
Home Page: http://www.bic2017.org/

Programme Updates

3 Oral Communication sessions instead of 2!  Too many good OCs to limit to two;
Sobi Satellite Symposium details! Friday 14th September;
Kedrion lecture on SIPPET on Saturday 15th September.
And Others…


June 2017

We received the following update from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,
REMINDER for Polyamines GRC and GRS 2017
1) GRC and GRS 2017
I remind YOU ALL the upcoming Polyamines Gordon Research Conference (June 25-30, 2017).
The deadline for applications to both the Polyamines GRC and the accompanying Polyamines Gordon Research Seminars (June 24-25, 2017) for young investigators is SUNDAY, May 28th , 2017

I also want to remind to all the people outside of the USA to ask your travel visas or ESTAs NOW, if you haven't already done so since DELAYS ARE NOW MORE COMMON.

Partial funding support for registration and travel expenses (especially young investigators) is available:

Contact Susan Gilmour SOON, Co-chair 2017 Polyamines GRC, at Gilmours@MLHS.org.

The scientific program for the upcoming 2017 Polyamines GRC is on the website:
(https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=11974)

2) Polyamines in Taiwan 2018
I wish to remind You All that the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in TAIWAN on September 2018.

I'm looking forward to seeing You ALL at the GRC next June and in Taiwan in 2018.

Warm Regards,
Yours,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


April 2017

Polyamines in Taiwan 2018

Following the tradition of successful previous Congresses, I wish to remind You All that, after Tivoli (Rome), the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in TAIWAN on September 2018. The meeting will be organized by Professor Han-Jia Lin, Professor Kazuei Igarashi and myself.
More details will be given in USA to the next GRC on June 2017 . These news will appear on WHAT next July 2017 I'm looking forward to seeing You ALL in Taiwan in 2018.
Enzo Agostinelli

Enzo Agostinelli
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


March 2017

DEBRECEN UNIVERSITY

Symposium “Transglutaminases in Medicine”

August 3-6, 2017

It is my pleasure to invite colleagues in the transglutaminase research community to attend the Debrecen University Symposium on “Transglutaminases in Medicine” which will take place on August 3-6, 2017 in Debrecen Hungary. During the last couple of years transglutaminase research has reached a new phase of development contributing to better understanding the pathomechanisms of a broad range of diseases as well as resulting novel diagnostic possibilities and specific therapeutic strategies. The scientific program will cover transglutaminases as significant players and targets in medicine including hemostasis disoders, cancer, neurological dysfunctions and neurodegeneration, infection and inflammation, fibrosis, celiac disease and skin disorders. Perspectives and future directions will be also addressed. The symposium is also dedicated to four decades of transglutaminase research in Debrecen represented by several research groups during the years. The cultural offerings of the city and the social programs coupled to the Symposium ensures that participants will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and unique hospitality. I am very much looking forward to welcome you for a few stimulating days at my University in Debrecen.

László Fésüs Symposium chairman

symposium web site

March 2017

Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

REMINDER for International Conferences on Polyamines 2017 and 2018

1) GRC and GRS 2017
I remind YOU ALL the upcoming Polyamines Gordon Research Conference. Please find in attachment an announcement (file 1) that includes the dates and website of the meeting. I also include information (file 2) from Susan Gilmour and Alex Khomutov (Co-chairs, 2017 Polyamines GRC) to attend the upcoming 2017 Polyamines GRC.

The scientific program is on the website:
https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=11974

2) Polyamines in Taiwan 2018
Moreover, following the tradition of successful previous Congresses, I wish to remind You All that, after Tivoli (Rome), the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in TAIWAN on September 2018. The meeting will be organized by Professor Han-Jia Lin, Professor Kazuei Igarashi, and myself.
More details will be given in USA, by Professor Han Jia Lin, to the next GRC on June 2017 where I invite all of you to partecipate to have an other exciting meeting and with the aim to increase the interest of our research field: POLYAMINES!
I'm looking forward to seeing You ALL at the GRC next June and in Taiwan in 2018.

Warm Regards,

Yours,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


December 2016

Dear all,

We would like to inform you once again about our next Congress on Amino Acid, Peptide and Protein research and we cordially invite you to participate in the 15th ICAAPP which will be held in Vienna, Austria, August 7-11, 2017.
For more details, please check our link: www.aminoacidscongress2017.com

Sincerely yours and best wishes!

Prof Dr Gert Lubec / Gert

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Prof Dr Gert Lubec

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna
Althanstraße 14
A-1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 4277 55 0 65


December 2016

Dear Friends,

below you can find the Announcement from Prof. Agostinelli regarding next conferences for Polyamine community.

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Dear Polyamigos, Dearest Friends,

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

Wishing You All a Joyous Holiday Season and a New Year of Happiness
REMINDER for International Conferences on Polyamines 2017 and 2018

1) Polyamines in Vienna 2017

We cordially invite You All to participate to the 15th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins (ICAAP) that will be held in Vienna, Austria, August 7-11, 2017.

The meeting will be organized by Professor Gert Lubec and myself (as concerns the Polyamines session). For more details, please visit the website of the meeting:

www.aminoacidscongress2017.com

2) GRC and GRS 2017

I remind YOU ALL the upcoming Polyamines Gordon Research Conference. Please find in attachment an announcement from Susan Gilmour (Chair) that includes the dates and website for the meeting. However, the program for the Polyamines GRC 2017 is on the website:

https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=11974

3) Polyamines in Taiwan 2018

Moreover, following the tradition of successful previous Congresses, I wish to remind You All that, after Tivoli (Rome), the 5th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in TAIWAN on September 2018. The meeting will be organized by Professor Han-Jia Lin, Professor Kazuei Igarashi, and myself.

More details will be given in USA, by Professor Han Jia Lin, to the next GRC on June 2017 where I invite all of you to partecipate to have an other exciting meeting and with the aim to increase the interest of our research field: POLYAMINES!

I'm looking forward to seeing You ALL at the GRC and in Vienna in 2017 and in Taiwan in 2018.
Warm Regards,
Yours,
Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"

Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


July 2016

Dear Friends,

below you can find the Announcement from Prof. Agostinelli regarding the 4th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives, that will be held in Rome –Tivoli- from September 4th to 9th, 2016.
All the updated information, including the Scientific Program, are at the web site of the Conference: http://www.polyamines2016.com.


May 2016

4th International Conference on Polyamines Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives

We received from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli news about the 4th International Conference on Polyamines Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives September 4th - 9th, 2016 SAPIENZA University of Rome & Tivoli (Rome), Italy.

The web site of the meeting is at the web address: http://www.polyamines2016.com/

Junior scientists have opportunities to obtain ICGEB Travel Awards for the participation to the meeting. Information and details at the web address: http://www.polyamines2016.com/sponsors.php

News


May 2016

2016 Gordon Research Conference on Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes

Dear Transglutaminase Researcher,

Announcing the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on:

Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes Understanding the Varied Pathological Roles of a Multifunctional Enzyme Family
July 10-15, 2016 - PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre Girona, Spain


Chair: Timothy Johnson

Links: Web Site | Online Application | RSS Feed | Site Information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Mical Wahl (mwahl@grc.org), the Conference Operations Associate for this meeting.

Hoping to see you at this important and interesting meeting.

Rich Eckert

Richard L. Eckert, PhD
Professor and Chair
John F.B. Weaver Distinguished Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
108 N. Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-3220 (phone)
410-706-8297 (fax)
reckert@umaryland.edu
Associate Director – Basic Sciences
University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center


Kathleen S. Reinecke, A.A.
Assistant to the Chair – Dr. Richard Eckert
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
108 N. Greene Street, Room 103
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph: 410-706-3220
Fax: 410-706-8297
kreineck@umaryland.edu



March 2016

4th Gordon Research Conference on Transglutaminase in human disease processes

Dear Transglutaminase researchers,

As Chair of the 4th Gordon Research Conference on Transglutaminase in human disease processes I would like to let you know that the full program has now been posted on the GRC website and to encourage you to apply for a place at the conference (http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=14564). We are pleased to announce that over 30% of the speakers have never spoken at this conference before and such we hope the meeting will have a lot of new information on fresh topics. We still have capacity for more abstracts so please submit your latest work to the meeting. We also to hope to have 12 free communication talks available to be selected from the submitted abstracts.

The conference will be with be held at the Catalan Business and Convention Center in Spain (http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/girona/melia-golf-vichy-catalan/index.html) between the 10th and 15th of July 2016. This is a superb facility, very comfortable and stylish so a perfect setting for our next meeting as well as relax.

Hope to see you in Spain

Tim Johnson
Chair: 2016 GRC on Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes


March 2016

Special Issue on Transglutaminase type 2

We received a note from Prof. Simone Beninati, containing the 3rd Call for Papers for the Special Issue of Amino Acids on Transglutaminase 2, and the following message.

Dear colleagues,
just to remind you that the inclusion of your manuscript in the Editorial Manager of our journal must be entered in the section of the Editorial Manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/amac/default.aspx) dedicated exclusively to the transglutaminase type 2 (S.I. Transglutaminase 2- S.Beninati). Do not confuse this with the special issue of the section "Polyamines and TGase". Also I would like to inform you that the deadline for the inclusion of the manuscripts has been moved to 15 May 2016.
Thank you for your precious collaboration
Greetings

S.Beninati
field editor "Polyamines & Transglutaminases"
"Amino Acids"

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SIMONE BENINATI Ph.D.
Professor of Cytology and Histology
Lab of Cell Biochem and Exp Oncology
Field Editor "Amino Acids" Springer
Department of Biology
2nd University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
00133 Rome, IT.


February 2016

Prof. Agostinelli sent us new information about the 4th International Conference on Polyamines – September 2016 Rome (Tivoli), ITALY

Monday 22 February, 2016

The 4th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in Rome –Tivoli, from September 4th - 9th, 2016.
For all the information of the Congress: deadlines, registration fee, abstract submission, posters, Conference Center and accommodation, how to reach Tivoli the Conference Center and so on, please visit the WEBPAGE of the Conference: http://www.polyamines2016.com

If you need further information please don't hesitate to contact me:

enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
Enzo Agostinelli
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


November 2015

Special Issue on Transglutaminase type 2

Dear Colleagues,
as announced at the 14 ICAAP conference held in Vienna I am sending to your attention the invitation for the preparation of the special issue on Transglutaminase type 2. Reviews, minireview and full papers dealing with the subject are welcome. Please follow the instructions for authors in: http://www.editorialmanager.com/amac/default.aspx

Thank you for your precious collaboration
Sincerely
S.Beninati Ph.D.
(field editor)
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SIMONE BENINATI Ph.D.
Professor of Cytology and Histology
Lab of Cell Biochem and Exp Oncology
Field Editor "Amino Acids" Springer
Department of Biology
2nd University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
00133 Rome, IT

Phone:+390672594228/227
Fax: +3906-72594228/2023500
e-mail beninati@uniroma2.it/beninas@libero.it


July 2015

1st ANNOUNCEMENT
4th International Conference on Polyamines – September 2016 Rome (Tivoli) ITALY

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest Friends,
As announced at GRC, Professor Igarashi and I are organizing the 4th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives that will be held in Rome (Tivoli) from September 4th to 9th, 2016.

Please reply to this e-mail and just submit a tentative title of your abstract. Deadline is July 28th.
Your submission will be usuful since we are submitting applications for raising funds to support several young and senior scientists, for having an interesting conference.

The WEBPAGE of the meeting is in preparation, with all the information of the Congress: deadlines, registration fee, abstract submission, posters, Conference Center and accommodation, how to reach Tivoli, the Conference Center and so on.

However, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us:
e-mails: Enzo: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it Kazuei: iga16077@faculty.chiba-u.jp

It is an opportunity to remind that Professor Annette Kaiser is organizing the Polyamines in parasites and pathogenic microorganisms that will be held in Bonn on March from 21st to 25th, 2016.

Have very nice vacation.

We are looking to seeing you ALL in Rome (Tivoli) and in Bonn, next year 2016.

Best Regards,

Kazuei/Enzo
Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


June 2015

We received by Prof. Enzo Agostinelli the following message with the Polyamines Program.

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Dear Polyaminers, Dearest Friends,

Please find in attachment the POLYAMINES Program, within of the 14th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins, that will be held in Wien next August from 3rd to 7th, 2015.
Lectures, for the polyamines session, will be held on Monday August 3rd and Tuesday August 4th, 2015.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Wien, next August.
Be well and enjoy life,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Co-Editor Amino Acids
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


May 2015

We received the following message concerning the Last Call ICAAP 2015 Vienna Austria Section "Transglutaminases"

Dear Colleagues
I am sending to your attention the Last Call of the Section "Transglutaminases" to be held in Vienna, Austria August 6th, 2015.
If you are interested to attend send as soon as possible the title of your contribution along with the registration form.
greetings

S.Beninati
Chairman
beninati@bio.uniroma2.it

News


March 2015

News concerning the Congress Section "Transglutaminases" at the 14th International Congress of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins.

Prof. S. Beninati sent us the preliminary program of the Congress Section, avaiable here.

February 2015

News concerning the Congress Section "Transglutaminases" at the 14th International Congress of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins.

14th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON AMINO ACIDS, PEPTIDES AND PROTEINS
Vienna, August 3rd to 7th, 2015

www.meduniwien.ac.at/icaap

President: Prof. Mario S. Palma, Săo Paulo, Brazil

Honorary president: Prof. Gert Lubec
c/o Medical University of Vienna Währinger Gürtel 18, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
icapp@meduniwien.ac.at

Congress Section: Transglutaminases

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Chairman: Prof. Simone Beninati
University of Tor Vergata Dept. Biology Via della ricerca scientifica snc. 00133 Roma Italy
beninati@bio.uniroma2.it
Vice Chair: Prof. Mauro Piacentini
University of Tor Vergata Dept. Biology Via della ricerca scientifica snc. 00133 Roma Italy
piacentini@bio.uniroma2.it

Dear colleagues,
it is our great pleasure to invite You to the "Transglutaminases" section of the 14th International Congress of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins.
During plenary sessions, main Symposia, oral and poster presentation, we will accept an international and national delegation of renowned scientists, involved in the transglutaminases field of research.
We kindly request for your active support please submit the title of your presentations and authors' names and affiliations until April 30, 2015 along with your registration form (http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/icaap/). Your scientific contributions are subject to peer-review prior to confirmation of acceptance and will be selected for oral or poster presentations. Please note that abstracts will be published in our journal Amino Acids (Springer publishers, Impact Factor 3.9; editor-in-chief: G.Lubec, Vienna, Austria).
Selected full manuscripts and invited reviews will be peer reviewed and published in the special issue " Transglutaminases: a double face enzymes".

Yours sincerely

Beninati Simone Ph.D.
Chairman
Editor of the Amino Acids section: Polyamines & Transglutaminases

Piacentini Mauro Ph.D
Vice Chairman


February 2015

14th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins, Vienna, Austria, on August 3rd - 8th 2015

The meeting includes a Session on POLYAMINES. Deadline for abstract submission: April 1st, 2015.

Polyamines in Parasites and Pathogens Meeting, Bonn, May 25th-29th, 2015

The meeting is organized by Professor Annette Kaiser.

For more information about both events please contact:

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


January 2015

The announcement of IFXIIIS 2015 in Dusseldorf

Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium in Dusseldorf, Germany, on February 24 Wednesday, 2015, through the courtesy of the president of the 59th GTH meeting (http://www.gth2015.org/Online-Program-Planner.836.0.html).
As usual, we will stick to the "traditional" conditions offered by the president. That includes waiver of registration for the participants who only join IFXIIIS.

Participants visiting the IFXIIIS 2015 only are permitted free access. Any participant who wants to stay longer for another GTH session needs to pay the congress registration fee as follows: If a participant wants to attend our workshop exclusively (free participation) he has to register online with the registration code FactorXIII.
(https://b-com.mci-group.com/Registration/DynamicRegistration/DynamicRegistrationPage.aspx?EventCode=GTH15&SiteCode=DEFAULT ).
He has also the possibility to register on site at the congress counter. This way of registration will actually only allow him/her to participate in this specific workshop. Everybody who wants to attend the Get Together, the exhibition or the congress has to register regularly for the congress.

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna, soon.
Chairmen of IFXIIIS
Prof. Aki Ichinose,
Prof. Hans Kohler

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The program of the the IFXIIIS 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany
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International Factor XIII Symposium in Dusseldorf
12:30 to 16:15 on Tuesday 24 February, 2015
in Room 3 at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf, Germany.
Chairs: Profs. Akitada Ichinose (Yamagata, Japan) and Hans Kohler (Bern, Switzerland)

"Continuing Progress in Factor XIII Research"


1) Active factor XIII-A is exposed on the stimulated platelet membrane (20 min)
Mutch NJ
(Department of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK)
2) Role of FXIII activation peptides for FXIII activity (15 min) Johannes Dodt
(Blood Coagulation Products II, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Langen, Germany)
3) FXIII and Fibrinogen Interactions (15 min)
Helen Philippou
(Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
4) Tightening fibrin clots: the mechanical role of FXIII in fibrin clot maturation and stiffening (20 min)
Kurniawan NA and Koenderink G
(FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
5) Using mass spectrometry and proteomics in factor XIII research (20 min)
Nikolajsen CL, Scavenius C, Enghild JJ
(Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark)
6) Functional Modification of Fibronectin by Factor XIII for Extracellular Matrix Engineering (15 min)
Schoen I, Früh SM, Spycher PR, Vogel V
(Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Intermission (5 min)


7) Trial to measure coagulation factor XIII activity with a clotting time method (15 min)
Oda Y (1, 2), Ieko M (1)
(1) Department of Internal Medicine, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Japan, (2) Kyowa Medex Co.,Ltd., Japan
8) Discrepancies between plasma FXIII values and genetic status of patients with congenital FXIII deficiency: experience of Bonn Hemophilia Center (15 min)
Ivaskevicius V, Biswas A and Oldenburg J
(Insitute of Experimental Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Bonn, Germany)
9) Pharmacokinetics of recombinant FXIII at steady-state in patients with congenital FXIII A-subunit deficiency (20 min)
Kerlin B, Brand B, Inbal A, Halimeh S, Nugent D, Lundblad M, Tehranchi R
(Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA)
10) The current status of autoimmune hemorrhaphilia due to anti-FXIII/13 antibodies and its related diseases in Japan (15 min)
Ichinose A
(Yamagata University School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan) on behalf of the Japanese collaborative research group on AHXIII/13
11) Management of autoimmune hemorrhaplilia XIII/13 (AH13)
complicated by pulmonary thromboembolism (15 min)
Ogawa Y (1), Yanagisawa K (1), Ichinose A (2, 3)
(1) Gumma University School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan; (2) Yamagata University School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan; (3)the Japanese collaborative research group on AHXIII/13
12) Factor XIII levels after cardiopulmonary bypass in children with different types of congenital heart defects: correlation with other coagulation and clinical parameters (20 min)
Bockeria LA (1), Samsonova NN(1), Yurlov IA(1), Olsen EHN(2), Zaets SB (2)
(1) Bakoulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery, Moscow, Russia; (2) Novo Nordisk Inc., Plainsboro, NJ, USA
13) Factor XIII B subunit polymorphisms and the risk of coronary artery disease; interaction with fibrinogen level and FXIII-A p.Val34Leu polymorphism (15 min)
Zoltán A. Mezei (1), Zsuzsanna Bereczky (1), Éva Katona (1), Réka Gindele (1), Emília Balogh (2), Szilvia Fiatal (3), László Balogh (2), István Czuriga (2), Róza Ádány (3), István Édes (2), László Muszbek (1,4)
(1)Division of Clinical Laboratory Science, Department of Laboratory Medicine, (2)Department of Cardiology, (3)Department of Preventive Medicine, (4)Vascular Biology, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary



December 2014

We received two messages with updates on the events planned for 2015.

Gert Lubec informed us that the website for the 14th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins can be found on the following link: http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/icaap/. More information will be available soon.

Enzo Agostinelli sent us the Second Announcement about the biannual 14th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins, to be be held in Vienna, Austria, on August 3rd-8th 2015.

Steven Holshouser sent us the 2015 Polyamins Gordon Research Conference announcement, together with link to the Conference, http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=11973 and to the Gordon Research Seminar "Role of Polyamines in Biology and Disease", http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=14153.


November 2014

Please find enclosed the Second Announcement for the Section Transglutaminases of the 14th International Congress of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins. "Transglutaminases" - Vienna, August 3rd to 7th, 2015

Yours sincerely

S.Beninati and M.Piacentini


November 2014

Dear Polyaminers, Dear Young Scientists, Dearest Friends,
I wish to remind you all that the multidisciplinary biannual 14th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins, will be held in Vienna, Austria, on August 3rd-8th 2015.
The meeting includes a Session on POLYAMINES. For more information please read the announcement file.

GRC/GRS on June 2015

It is an opportunity to remind that Otto and Keiko are organizing an excellent Gordon Research Conference that will be held on June 2015 in Waterville Walley Resort (NH- USA). The participation of ALL will be really important.

I'm looking to seeing you ALL first at the GRC and then in Wien.
Best Regards,
Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


October 2014

Dear colleagues,
please find enclosed the first announcement of the Transglutaminases Section of the 14th International Congress on Amino Acids, peptides and Proteins.
Yours Sincerely

Simone Beninati Ph.D.
Field Editor of "Amino Acids" by Springer Verlag
Click here for the announcement.


June 2014

Third International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives

Dear Friends,
we received by prof. Agostinelli the news that the program of the meeting "Third International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives" (Ubatuba-SP, Brazil Aug. 31 - Sept. 5, 2014) is now on the web site http://www.fcfar.unesp.br/polyamines2014brazil with all the OTHER information necessary to reach the Conference Centre and to attend the meeting.


May 2014

14th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON AMINO ACIDS, PEPTIDES AND PROTEINS

Please read here the First Announcement


May 2014

LAST ANNOUNCEMENT

6 th ANNOUNCEMENT

Third International Conference on Polyamines – 2014 Ubatuba-Brazil

Dear Polyaminers, Dear Young Scientists, Dearest Friends,
Sandro and I remind that the Third International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in the Itamambuca Eco Resort (www. itamambuca.com.br), Ubatuba-SP-BRAZIL, from August 31st - September 5th, 2014.
The Conference will be organized by Sandro R. Valentini (Sao Paulo State University - UNESP, Brazil) and Enzo Agostinelli (SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy). We are submitting applications for raising funds for having an interesting conference.
The WEBPAGE to calculate your registration fee, avoiding mistakes, is ready.
Abstract can be submitted until May 15th, 2014. Abstracts will be ONLY accepted upon the payment of the Registration Fee.
The WEBPAGE of the meeting is: www.fcfar.unesp.br/polyamines2014brazil
with all the information available: deadline, registration fee, abstract submission, posters, Conference Center and accommodation, how to reach Itamanbuca Eco Resort and so on. In making your registration, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us:

e-mails:
Enzo enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it ;
Sandro valentsr@fcfar.unesp.br

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS (students, Ph.D., post.doc and so on under 32 years old ):

Sorry for our delay. Due to the difficulties to raise funds, only now Sandro and I are pleased to inform you ALL that the registration fee for YOU is reduced of 50%. If your Institutions or mentors are able to support partially your registration fee (50%-OFF of the amount reported on the website) and your travel expenses, PLEASE REPLY SOON, but not later than the next Wednesday May 14th, to this e-mail message, so we will include a bonus in the system on the website (discount of 450 US $). Some travel tickets are also available for the "best oral abstracts" that will be selected by the Organizer Committee.
We are looking to seeing you ALL in Brazil, next August.

Best Regards,

Sandro/Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it

WEBSITE Brazil meeting : www.fcfar.unesp.br/polyamines2014brazil


March 2014

5th ANNOUNCEMENT

Third International Conference on Polyamines – 2014
Ubatuba-Brazil

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest Friends,
Sandro and I remind that the Third International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in the Itamambuca Eco Resort (www. itamambuca.com.br), Ubatuba-SP-BRAZIL, from August 31st - September 5th, 2014.
The Conference will be organized by Sandro R. Valentini (Sao Paulo State University - UNESP, Brazil) and Enzo Agostinelli (SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy).
We are submitting applications for raising funds for having an interesting conference.
The WEBPAGE to calculate your registration fee, avoiding mistakes, is ready.
Abstract can be submitted starting from March 1st until May 15th, 2014. Abstracts will be ONLY accepted upon the payment of the Registration Fee.
The WEBPAGE of the meeting is: www.fcfar.unesp.br/polyamines2014brazil with all the information available: deadline, registration fee, abstract submission, posters, Conference Center and accommodation, how to reach Itamanbuca Eco Resort and so on. In making your registration, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us:
e-mails: Enzo enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
Sandro valentsr@fcfar.unesp.br


IMPORTANT NEWS:
We are pleased to inform you ALL that your article published on Amino Acids Special Issue is now available on SpringerLink.
Volume 46, Issue 3, March 2014
Polyamines and Transglutaminases: Biological, Clinical and Biotechnological Perspectives
ISSN: 0939-4451 (Print) 1438-2199 (Online)

We are looking to seeing you ALL in Brazil, next August.
Best Regards,

Sandro/Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
WEBSITE Brazil meeting : www.fcfar.unesp.br/polyamines2014brazil


November 2013

Third International Conference on Polyamines:
Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives

August 31st - September 5th, 2014, Ubatuba-SP-BRAZIL

For more information please contact:

Enzo Agostinelli
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


October 2013

International Factor XIII Symposium

Vienna, Austria, February 12, 2014

The announcement of IFXIIIS 2014 in Vienna

Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium in Vienna, Austria, on February 12 Wednesday, 2014, through the courtesy of Prof. Kurt Huber, the president of the 58th GTH meeting (http://www.gth2014.org/index.php?id=2). As usual, we will stick to the "traditional" conditions offered by the president. That includes waiver of registration for the participants who only join IFXIIIS.
(Participants visiting the IFXIIIS 2014 only are permitted free access. Any participant who wants to stay longer for another GTH session needs to pay the congress registration fee.)

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna, soon.

Chairmen of IFXIIIS
Prof. Aki Ichinose,
Prof. Hans Kohler

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The program of the the IFXIIIS 2014 in Vienna

Venue: Hofburg Congress Center, Heldenplatz 1010, Vienna, Austria
www.hofburg.com
Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Time: 09:00–12:00
Room: Forum

Title: "Recent Advances in Molecular Pathogenesis of FXIII-related Diseases"
Chairs: A. Ichinose (Yamagata, JP), H.-P. Kohler (Bern, CH)

1) Need for Recommendations for Diagnosis of Congenital FXIII Deficiency in Countries with Limited Resources
by Verena Schroeder, Kohler HP (Bern Univ. Hospital, CH).

2) Alloantibody in a FXIII-A Deficient Patient with Fatal Outcome; Characterization of the Antibody
by Laszlo Muszbek, Pénzes K, Vezina C, Bereczky Z, Katona É, Rivard GE (Univ. Debrecen, Hungary; Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Canada)

3) FXIII Overexpression in Partial Trisomies
by Alessandro Castiglione, Guaran V, Astolfi L, Orioli E, Zeri G, Gemmati D, Bovo R, Montaldi A, Alghisi A, Martini A (Padua University Hospital, Italy)

4) Sushi Domains: Not Only a Complement Protein Domain
by Arijit Biswas (Bonn Univ., Germany)

5) Molecular Studies on Acquired Hemorrhaphilia Due to Anti-FXIII Autoantibodies (AH13)
by Akitada Ichinose, Souri M, Osaki T, Sugiyama D, Magari Y (Yamagata Univ.; Q-may, Japan)

6) Tocilizumab Induced Acquired FXIII Deficiency in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Sho Mokuda, Murata Y, Sawada N, Matoba K, Yamada A, Onishi M, Okuda Y, Jouyama K, Sugiyama E, Takasugi K (Hiroshima University Hospital, Japan)

7) The Functions of FXIII in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (tentative title)
by Christoffer Sřndergaard, Kvist PH, Seidelin JB, Nielsen OH (Herlev Hospital, Denmark)

8) FXIII and Urticaria: a Novel Mechanism in the Pathogenesis?
by Paulo Ricardo Criado (Sao Paulo University, Brazil)

9) Fibrin Matrices, FXIII and Tissue Factor Effects on in Early-term Trophoblast Proliferation and Spreading
by Benjamin Brenner, Snir A, Paz B, Ohel G, Lanir N (Bnai-Zion Medical Center; Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

10) Multiple Ligands of von Willebrand Factor-binding Protein (vWbp) Promote Staphylococcus aureus Clot Formation in Human Plasma
by Dominique Missiakas, Thomer L, Schneewind O (Univ. Chicago, USA)

11) FXIII-A in Energy Metabolism
by Mari Kaartinen (MacGill Univ., Canada)

12) Oxidative Modification of Fibrinogen and Plasma Fibrin-stabilizing Factor
by Anna V Bychkova, Mark A. Rosenfeld, Shchegolikhin AN, Leonova VB, Biryukova MI, Kostanova EA (N.M. Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics, Russia)

13) Methodological Considerations of Working with FXIII and Fibrinogen
by Helen Philippou, Ariëns RA (Univ. Leeds, UK)

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us
(mailing address: aichinos@med.id.yamagata-u.ac.jp).


June 2013

Third International Conference on Polyamines – 2014 Ubatuba-Brazil

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest Friends,
The Third International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in the Itamambuca Eco Resort (www. itamambuca.com.br), Ubatuba-SP-BRAZIL, from August 31st - September 5th, 2014.
The Conference will be organized by Sandro R. Valentini (Sao Paulo State University - UNESP, Brazil) and Enzo Agostinelli (SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy).
In attachment a tentative scientific programme.
Please send us by e-mail no later than July 15th, 2013 a tentative title together with the abstract of your talk (not more than 250 words) and an updated version of your biosketch. The information provided will be used to submit applications for raising funds to organize the meeting and mainly to support expenses for young scientists.

e-mails:
Enzo enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it
Sandro valentsr@fcfar.unesp.br
Further information will be given on June, at the next GRC Conference.

Best Regards,

Sandro/Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


June 2013

Highlight Article

Dear Colleagues,

we are glad to submit to your attention the article recently published in BBA. The article concerns the use of the enzyme transglutaminase to modify a recombinant form of the ovine prion, the protein responsible for "scrapie". The transglutaminase cross-linked protein was checked for its ability in forming amyloid fibrils. We are happy to share the article and receive comments by anyone who finds of interest our work.
Thank you in advance

Loredana Mariniello

loredana.mariniello@unina.it


March 2013

Dear Friends,

we have received from Prof. Mauro Piacentini interesting news regarding the next GRC Conference entitled:

Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes
Molecular Dissection of Human Diseases Pathogenesis
June 29 - July 4, 2014, Lucca (Barga), Italy
Chair: Mauro Piacentini
Vice Chair: Timothy Johnson

For further information please visit: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2014&program=transgluta


February 2013

We are glad to present here the message received by Prof. Laszlo Lorand.

Date:	11/02/2013

Dear Francesco and Angelo: I find that a movie file I sent as a keynote address to a thrombosis meeting last Sept is now on youtube with the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VllG9H_dO7c
Perhaps, it may be of interest to some of your readers. With kind regards and best wishes, Laszlo

Laszlo Lorand
Professor emeritus
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Distinguished Investigator
Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

December 2012

We received the following announcement of IFXIIIS 2013 in Munich by Prof. Aki Ichinose

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Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium

in Munich, Germany, on February 20, 2013, through the courtesy of Prof.

Dr. Michael Spannagl, the president of the 57th GTH meeting (http://www.gth2013.org/).

As usual, we will stick to the "traditional" conditions offered by the president. That

includes waiver of registration for the participants who only join IFXIIIS.

Looking forward to meeting you in Munich soon.


Chairman of IFXIIIS
Prof. Aki Ichinose,
Prof. Hans Kohler

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The final program of our IFXIIISW
Venue: Munich/Germany
ICM-International Congress Center Munich
Messe München GmbH
Messegelände
81823 Munich/Germany

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
13:00–15:30
Room 04
WS03
International Workshop on FXIII: The Frontier Topics in the FXIII Science
Chairs:
A. Ichinose (Yamagata, JP)
H.-P. Kohler (Bern, CH)

Part I. Basic Science
WS03-1
Proteome level identification of coagulation factor XIII substrates
C.-K. Nikolajsen (Aarhus, DK)
WS03-2
The Activation Peptide Cleft of FXIII-A2* is a Major Substrate Recognition domain
K. Smith (Leeds, UK)
WS03-3
Phosphorylation of macrophage Factor XIII-A – a novel mechanism of intracellular transglutaminase activation?
P. Cordell (Leeds, UK)
WS03-4
What can we learn about FXIII through in vivo models?
R. Ariens (Leeds, UK)
H. Philippou (Leeds, UK)
WS03-5
A novel function of Factor XIII-A on nerve regeneration
K. Sugitani (Kanazawa, JP)

Part II. Clinical Science
WS03-6
34 Japanese cases with Autoimmune Hemorrhaphilia XIII/13 (AH13) in comparison with 28 non-Japanese cases
A. Ichinose (Yamagata, JP)
WS03-7
FXIIIa generation test
J. Dodt (Langen, DE)
WS03-8
Potential pathophysiological role of factor XIII in spontaneous chronic subdural haematoma
B. Bosche (Essen, DE)
WS03-9
FXIII levels and FXIII activation in patients with cerebral artery dissection
H.-P. Kohler (Bern, CH)
V. Schroder (Bern, CH)
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (mailing address: aichinos@med.id.yamagata-u.ac.jp).




November 2012

Galveston-Texas (USA), October 5th to 7th, 2013

13th International Conference ICAPP

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:
Here please find the 1st annoucement of the 13th International Conference on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins (ICAPP). The Conference will be held on October 5th to 7th, 2013 at Galveston, Texas, USA.
The meeting includes a Polyamine session that will be organized by Pat Woster and Enzo Agostinelli. Deadline for registration, abstract submission and other news are in the announcement.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help or more information.
We are looking forward to meeting you all in Texas on October 2013.
Sincerely yours,

Pat & Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


September 2012

This is the message received by Myung Hee Park concerning the Memorial service for Dr. Soo Il Chung

From: mpark@dir.nidcr.nih.gov
Sent: 26/09/2012 12.16
Subject: FW: Memorial service for Dr. Soo Il Chung, an announcement from family


I am forwarding an announcement e-mail from Carolyn Chung (Dr. Chung's daughter).
I just like to add Mrs. Chung's e-mail, yoomie_chung@yahoo.com for those who wish to express condolence 
and that it is Chung family wish that no (more) flowers be sent.

Thank you very much and Best wishes,

Myung Hee Park

________________________________________
From: Carolyn Chung [kaegoo@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:24 PM
To: Park, Myung Hee (NIH/NIDCR) [E]
Subject: Memorial service for Dr. Soo Il Chung

Hi,
Could you please forward this to those who may be interested?
Thank you,
Carolyn


*************************************************************************************************************
To all our friends and family,

My father passed away this past Saturday due to unexpected
complications while he was recovering from an open heart surgery.  He
made it through an 11 hour surgery and was recovering well when he had
an acute and sudden decline most likely due to a blood clot.   We miss
him dearly and thank God for all 78 years he was with us.  We are so
appreciative for all of your love, thoughts, and prayers during this
difficult time.

His memorial service will be held on:

Monday, October 1st at 8pm at
The Korean United Methodist Church
1219 Swinks Mill Rd.
McLean, VA 22102
http://www.kumcgw.org/

Reception to follow.

Any correspondence with the family can be sent to:
6839 Old Stage Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852

A brief memory of his life is below:

Soo Il Chung

Soo Il Chung died from complications from a heart condition in
Bethesda, Maryland last Saturday.  He was born in 1934 in Seoul, South
Korea. He attended Seoul National University then emigrated to the
United States in 1955 where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from
Hillsdale college in Michigan.  He later attended graduate school at
Vanderbilt University where he acquired a PhD in the field of
Biochemistry.  It was during graduate school that he met his wife,
Yoomie, whom he married June 30, 1968.

He had an extremely distinguished career in biomedical research.  He
worked for over 20 years at the National Institutes of Health in
Bethesda, Maryland and authored numerous impactful journal articles in
immunology, microbiology, and cancer research.  In 1995, he moved back
to South Korea to care for his ailing mother.  He continued his
research career in South Korea at the Mogam Research Institute and
Kangneung National University.  He later served as editor of several
biomedical journals and mentored numerous young scientists during the
course of his career.

While he had an undying passion for his research, his true love was
his family.  He worked extremely hard to provide opportunities for his
children and inspired all three of them to pursue graduate degrees in
the sciences.  He doted on his four grandsons -Carson, Bradley,
Nicholas, and Jay.  His devotion to his wife was endless, and he was
never far from her side.

Dr. Chung is survived by his wife, Yoomie; daughter Carolyn, and sons
Edward and Daniel.  He was a dedicated scientist, devoted husband,
caring father, and loving grandfather. 


August 2012

Dear Friends,

you will find enclosed in a forthcoming special issue on transglutaminases "Transglutaminases: Future Perspectives" edited by S. Beninati, F. Facchiano and M. Piacentini published by Springer Verlag on Amino Acids an In Memoriam for a Master of Science Jack Folk (In memoriam: John E. Folk (1925-2010). Beninati S, Park MH, Wolff E, Fésüs L, Abbruzzese A, Chung SI, Carmassi F, Cocuzzi E, Trawick ML, Piacentini M.Amino Acids. 2012 Jul 31.PMID:22847781.

Since I believe Jack was for most of us an important part of our scientific life, this "in memoriam" is a simple way to say thank you to a man whom life was dedicated to science.

Simone Beninati


July 2012

From Prof. Enzo Agostinelli

IMPORTANT NEWS !

We inform all the scientists that will attend the Conference in Istanbul (Turkey), that a volume on "Polyamines and TGase" will be published as Special Issue in Amino Acids, edited by Prof. Palavan-Unsal and I.

Therefore, we invite you all to submit an article, mini-review or an original manuscript. A tentative DEADLINE for manuscripts submission is: FEBRUARY the 28th, 2013

All details will be discussed during the Istanbul's meeting.

At present, please only submit a tentative title for planning the issue. We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Istanbul Polyamines meeting, on September 2012.
Sincerely yours,

Narcin and Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


May 2012

Dear Colleagues,

the 7th Biennial Symposium on Polyamines in Parasites will be held at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon on July 10th to 13th.
Please visit our website: http://commons.pacificu.edu/pip/

Registration deadline is May 22nd.
A limited number of stipends for students are available.
Please contact Sigrid Roberts at sroberts@pacificu.edu for more information.


Important NEWS !

International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives

Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012

NEW DEADLINE : MAY 24th, 2012

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:
The International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012. The meeting will be organized by Narcin Palavan-Unsal, E. Damla Arisan and Enzo Agostinelli.
As requested,

The NEW DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION FEE IS MAY 24th, 2012

ABSTRACTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGISTRATION FEE


If you need any help or more information as concerns the abstract or the registration fee, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit our Website:

http://www.polyamineistanbul2012.org/

We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Istanbul Polyamines meeting, on September 2012.

Sincerely yours,

Narcin, Damla and Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives

Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012

Important deadline : REMINDER !

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:

The International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012. The meeting will be organized by Narcin Palavan-Unsal, E. Damla Arisan and Enzo Agostinelli.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION FEE IS MAY 10, 2012

ABSTRACTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGISTRATION FEE

If you need any help or more information as concerns the abstract or the registration fee, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit our Website:

http://www.polyamineistanbul2012.org/
We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Istanbul Polyamines meeting, on September 2012.

Sincerely yours,

Narcin, Damla and Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it

Please see the Congress Poster !


April 2012

Announcing the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on:

Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes

July 15-20, 2012
Davidson College - Davidson, NC, United States
Chair: Kapil Mehta
Vice-chair: Mauro Piacentini

Please note that:
* online application to apply for this conference will close in first week of June, 2012.
* All accepted applicants, including Invited Speakers and Discussion Leaders, must complete registration online.
Links: Web Site | Online Application | RSS Feed | Site Information
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Amanda Nowicki (anowicki@grc.org), the Conference Operations Associate for this meeting.


February 2012


Message from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:

First of all I wish to thank you all for your great support in our activities. Please read very careful important news reported below.

IMPORTANT NEWS ! !

AMINO ACIDS : Special Issue on Polyamines and Transglutaminases

As promised in my last e-mail, I'm pleased to inform you that the special issue on Polyamines and Transglutaminases, edited by Prof. Igarashi and myself, was released for online publication on January 20th, 2012. Since we have more pages, issues 42_2 and 42_3 (February 2012) will be combined and published for Polyamines and Transglutaminases special issue. Please read the web page with all the articles (n. 62) of our Special Issue. Thank you very much again for your great contribution.

Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012

Important deadlines

The International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012. The meeting will be organized by Narcin Palavan-Unsal, E. Damla Arisan and Enzo Agostinelli

Please submit a tentative title not later than February 10th, 2012
At present, young scientists can submit only their abstracts not later than March 10, 2012
Abstracts will be necessary to the organizing committee to submit applications to get scholarships for young scientists.

Deadline Abstracts Submission for Young Scientists is: March 10, 2012

Please see the poster file and don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help or more information.
Website is: http://www.polyamineistanbul2012.org/
We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Istanbul Polyamines meeting, on September 2012.

Sincerely yours,
Narcin, Damla and Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


January 2012


Message from Prof. Kapil Mehta

Dear Francisco -
Wish you a very Happy and productive New Year.
We are gearing for the next GRC meeting in July. We are optimistic that the meeting will be very exciting and interactive and will bring forward various new avenues in the filed. We need to start recruiting people to attend the meeting by announcing it. Can you include the attached to WHAT site and send out mass email to let them know about it. Thanks and looking forward to see in July.

Kapil

Click here for the attached message.


December 2011

Message from Prof. Enzo Agostinelli

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:

First of all I wish to thank you for your great support in our activities, wishing you all, and your families, all the best for the festive season and a Happy and Flourishing New Year, 2012

IMPORTANT NEWS ! !

AMINO ACIDS : Special Issue on Polyamines and Transglutaminases

The second issue of 2012 will be a special issue on Polyamines and Transglutaminases. Since we have more pages, issues 42_2 and 42_3 (February 2012) will be combined and published for Polyamines and Transglutaminases special issue. The issue will be released for online publication by the mid of January 2012. Please find in attachment the Editorial of the issue: thank you very much for your great contribution.

Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012

The International Congress on Polyamines Biological and Clinical Perspectives will be held in Istanbul (TURKEY), September 2nd to 7th, 2012. The meeting will be organized by Narcin Palavan-Unsal, E. Damla Arisan and Enzo Agostinelli

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help or more information. Website is: http://www.polyamineistanbul2012.org/

We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Istanbul Polyamines meeting, on September 2012.

Sincerely yours,

Narcin, Damla and Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


December 2011

Message from Prof. Aki Ichinose to the WHAT network

Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on February 1, 2012, through the courtesy of Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Korte, the president of the 56th GTH meeting (http://www.gth2012.org/).
As usual, we will stick to the "traditional" conditions offered by the president. That includes waiver of registration for the participants who only join IFXIIIS.
Looking forward to meeting you in St. Gallen soon.
<
Best regards,

Chairs of International Factor XIII Symposium

Prof. Akitada Ichinose

Prof. Hans Kohler

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The Annual International Factor XIII Symposium/Workshop in 2012 (chaired by Profs. A. Ichinose and H. Kohler)
"The Factor XIII  (FXIII) World: Where the Transglutaminase with a Fabulous Variety of Functions Dominates"
09:45 to 12:45, February 1, 2012,  Halle 9.1.2 (Plenarsaal), Olma Messen, St. Gallen, Switzerland  

I. Introduction to the FXIII World: The Evolution and Functional Differentiation of Transglutaminases
by Akitada Ichinose (Univ. Yamagata, Japan) 

II. Gene Expression and Differentiation: From Bone to Blood
Role of FXIII-A in maintenance of adult bone mass 
by Mari Kaartinen (McGill Univ., Canada)

Factor XIII and bone marrow matrix environment in megakaryocyte 
development 
by Alessandra Balduini (University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy & Tufts 
University, Boston, USA)

Platelet factor XIII gene expression in patients with atrial 
fibrillation. Correlation with arrhythmia and thromboembolic propensity 
(15 min)
by Waldemar E. Wysokinski (Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN)

What does FXIII do to platelets? 
by Khalid Naseem (Hull York Medical School, UK)

Possible role of cellular FXIII of the bone marrow-derived cells during 
pregnancy 
by Akitada Ichinose, Masayoshi Souri (Univ. Yamagata, Japan)

III. The Intersection of Coagulation, Fibrinolysis, and Immune Systems
The role of FXIII in pregnancy – only of clinical relevance in severe 
FXIII deficiency? 
by Verena Schroeder, Hans P Kohler (Univ. Bern, Switzerland)

Capturing pathogens by factor XIII - a novel defense mechanism? 
by Heiko Herwald (Lund Univ., Sweden)

Factor XIII B subunit, a Staphylococcus protein A binding protein 
by Adrienne Kerényi, Krisztina Pénzes, Gizella Haramura, László Muszbek 
(Univ. Debrecen, Hungary)

The relationship between factor XIII and fibrinolysis 
by Nicola J Mutch (
Univ. Aberdeen, 
UK)

Simultaneous monitoring of FXIII activity and fibrin formation in vivo: 
Role of FXIII on the kinetics of thrombus formation 
by Robert Ariens and Helen Philippou (Univ.  Leeds, UK)

Identification of a Cryptic Binding site on Factor XIII A subunit for 
Fibrinogen ? chain and its functional role in clot stabilisation
by Kerrie Smith, Peter Grant (Univ. Leeds, UK)

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Date:
 Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Time: 09:45 - 12:45
Session No: WS03 International Workshop Factor XIII
Session title: The Factor XIII  (FXIII) World: Where the 
Transglutaminase with a Fabulous Variety of Functions Dominates
Room: PLENARYSAAL 9.1.2
Venue: St. Gallen / Schweiz Olma Messen St. Gallen, Spügenstrasse 12, 
9008 St. Gallen / Switzerland
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If
 you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (mailing 
address: aichinos@med.id.yamagata-u.ac.jp).

November 2011

Message from Prof. Raffaele Porta to the WHAT network

Dear WHATers,
the following is the site where it is possible to read our recent Editorial entitled "Promising perspectives for transglutaminase in "bioplastics" production" we published in the Journal of Biotechnology and Biomaterials and we dedicated to the memory of Jack Folk.
http://www.omicsonline.org/2155-952X/2155-952X-1-102e.digital/2155-952X-1-102e.html

Hoping to meet you soon, I send you my best regards

prof. Raffaele Porta
Dept of Food Science
University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy


May 2011

Biogenic Amines 2011 Congress

Click here to read the Second Announcement.


March 2011

ICAAP2011 - Second Announcement

Please visit the web site of the 12th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins at http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/icaap/ for more information, or download here the Second Annuncement and Call for Title and Registration.

A message to the WHAT community by prof. Agostinelli

Dear Polyaminers, Dearest friends:

Kazuei and I would like to thank you all for the contribution to the Special Issue, that will be published on Amino Acid. 72 manuscripts were submitted: Thank you very much. The reviewing process already started.

It is an opportunity to remind you all the upcoming Polyamines Gordon Research Conference in USA and the Polyamines and TGasi meeting in Beijing (CHINA), next August.

1) GRC (Chairs: Lisa Shantz & Enzo Agostinelli) & GRS ( Chairs: Christina Destefano Shields & Valentina Battaglia) - Waterville Valley, NH (USA) June 18th to 24th, 2011. Lisa and I invite you all to make your registrations soon, for attending both GRC and GRS.

The program for the meeting is already on the GRC website and can be accessed through the following link: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2011&program=polyamines

2) The 12th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins will be held in Beijing (CHINA), August 1st to 5th, 2011. The meeting includes a Polyamine and TGasi session that will be organized by Enzo Agostinelli. Please find in attachment the information, as requested. However, for further information please visit the website of the meeting: http://conf2011.bplaced.net/
After submitting on-line the registration form and abstract (not more than 250 words) to Wien, please also send directly to my e-mail address a copy for preparing the scientific program. Deadline is March the 31st.

I believe we have an exciting scientific program for the conference, and your participation is a major factor in the success of the meeting as in Wien in August 2009.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help or more information.
I am looking forward to welcoming you all at the GRC-GRS in USA, in June and in China in August.

Sincerely,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


Transglutaminases: future perspectives

Call for papers 2011

2nd Special edition of Amino Acids by S. Beninati, M. Piacentini and F. Facchiano (editors)

Amino Acids is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd special issue addressed to the scientific community working on transglutaminase with the title:

“Transglutaminases: future perspectives”

Click to download the 2nd issue invitation and the Instruction for authors form.


February 2011

Announcement

Gordon Conference – July 15-20, 2012

Transglutaminases In Human Disease Processes

Davidson College, NC, USA
http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2012&program=transgluta

Dear Friends:
We are pleased to announce the 2nd Gordon Research Conference on “Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes” to be held from July 15-20, 2012 at Davidson College, North Carolina. Approval by the prestigious GRC Review Board to hold 2nd meeting is a strong testimony of ‘a very successful’ first meeting chaired by Dr. Richard Eckert. We wish to thank Dr. Eckert and Ms Kathleen Reinecke for organizing such a GREAT meeting and look forward to their continued support.
Our meeting is still on probation, which means that in order to hold the next and 3rd meeting (during July 2014 that will be chaired By Dr. Mauro Piacentini), we must bring at least 150 Investigators to attend 2012 meeting. In order to include this meeting on regular list of the GRC meetings, we need your help. Please forward this announcement to other interested/new investigators and encourage them to register and attend the 2012 meeting. Also, please mark your calendar and plan to bring as many trainees/students from your laboratory as possible. We are trying to raise funds to waive in part the registration fee of as many young investigators as possible.
Major goal of this meeting is to bring together an international group of academic and corporate scientists working on various aspects of transglutaminases in health and disease. The meeting is designed to exchange new information, promote new collaborations, and to enhance interaction among new, just entering and established investigators.

Thanks for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you again in July, 2012.

Kapil Mehta, Ph.D., Conference Chair
Department of Experimental Therapeutics – Unit 362
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 (USA)
Email – kmehta@mdanderson.org

Mauro Piacentini, M.D., Co-Chair
University of Rome “Tor Vergata" Rome, Italy
Email - mauro.piacentini@uniroma2.it

Ms. Janine Fadner
Conference Coordinator
JAFadner@mdanderson.org


20th January, 2011

Here please find the message received by Prof. Simone Beninati to announce the 2nd special
issue of Amino Acids addressed to the scientific community working on transglutaminases.

Transglutaminase: future perspectives

Call for papers 2011

2nd Special edition of Amino Acids by
S. Beninati, M. Piacentini and F. Facchiano (guest editors)

Amino Acids is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd special issue addressed to the scientific community working on transglutaminase with the title: "Transglutaminase: future perspectives"

The first special edition on transglutaminases in 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Transglutaminase 2. Following the success of this initiative the editor of the section "Polyamines and Transglutaminases" S. Beninati, together with two leader scientists of this field, M. Piacentini and F. Facchiano, are sponsoring this 2nd special edition of the journal Amino Acids. The issue will be dedicated to John E. Folk who passed away on Dec 27th. We have lost a loved and highly esteemed member of our scientific field, a brilliant scientist, and a man of honor and integrity. The issue will be focused to specific reviews and full papers on Transglutaminase.


Message received on 05/01/2011

NECROLOGY

Dr. John Edward Folk

October 29, 1925-December 27, 2010

Members of the Transglutaminase community extend the most sincere and heartfelt sorrow on the recent death of Dr. John Edward Folk. We have lost a loved and highly esteemed member of our scientific field, a brilliant scientist, and a man of honor and integrity. Who had the fortune knowing him, hereby expresses the recognition and appreciation of his cordial and genial character, kindness of heart, long and faithful adherence to the high ideals of his profession, and his earnest support of these ideals.
We will miss you Jack.

Simone Beninati
University of Rome “Tor Vergata” Dept. Biology, Rome Italy

Anyone wishes to express own grief can add to the name and the organization sending an e-mail to what@transglutaminase-what.org

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I would like to adhere,

Raffaele Porta
portaraf@unina.it

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Expressing my deep sorrow on the recent death of Jack Folk I share
the thoughts expressed by Simone on the transglutaminase WHAT site.

László Fésüs
University of Debrecen, HUNGARY
fesus@indi.biochem.dote.hu

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I had the pleasure to know Jack about 20 years ago, in his lab at the NIH: a very nice person.
All the transglutaminase's community will miss his professional experience and humanity.

Francesco Facchiano
Istituto Superiore di Sanitŕ, Roma
Viale Regina Elena, 299, 00161, Roma, Italy
francesco.facchiano@iss.it

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I was very sorry to hear that Jack passed away. He has made an enormous contribution which will not be forgotten.
Much of his work is still current decades after inception which obviously speaks for itself. Please give my sincerest condolences to his relatives.

Daniel Aeschlimann, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
Matrix Biology & Tissue Repair Research Unit
School of Dentistry, College of Medicine
Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY, Wales, UK

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I had not the fortune knowing personally dr J.E. Folk but we are very grateful to him for his fundamental work which made possible all our researches in plants. Please express my condolence to his relatives and to Myung Hee.

Donatella Serafini Fracassini and coworkers.
Full Professor Botany
University of Bologna
Biology Department (Botany)
Via Irnerio 42
40126 Bologna (Italy)

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We are saddened to report that John E. (Jack) Folk, NIDCR Scientist Emeritus, died on December 27th 2010 of complications following a hip fracture/replacement. He was 85 yrs old and spent his entire scientific career at NIH. Dr. Folk received his PhD from Georgetown University in 1952 and joined the National Institute of Dental Research where he devoted his research efforts for nearly 50 years. He continued to work actively as a Special Volunteer/Chemist in the laboratory of Dr. Kenner Rice (NIDDK and NIDA) from 2000 until his death. He made groundbreaking advances in three areas. In his early years at NIH, he characterized proteolytic enzymes of the digestive system, including carboxypeptidases A and B, aminopeptidase A and chymotrypsin C and investigated how specific enzymes contributed to the biological activities of organs and tissues affected by degenerative diseases. In 1965, he started to investigate a new family of enzymes, transglutaminases which catalyze formation of protein protein cross-links important in blood clotting and skin barrier formation and established the basic mechanism of the reaction. In 1980, he and his colleagues discovered a new enzymatic pathway that incorporates a portion of the polyamine spermidine into eukaryotic initiation factor 5A (eIF5A), which is essential for eukaryotic cell proliferation. In his lifetime, several new enzymes, including carboxypeptidase B, g-glutamylamine cyclotransferase, deoxyhypusine synthase and deoxyhypusine hydroxylase were discovered and characterized in his laboratory, laying the foundation for extensive further investigations. In these three areas, Dr. Folk was a pioneer and a leading scientist who established the basic mechanisms of these enzymes as well as the vital importance of these physiological reactions.

While with Dr. Rice, Dr. Folk contributed on projects that included crystal studies of a compound with high affinity and selectivity for the dopamine transporter, as well as with a large scale synthesis of an important intermediate in the synthesis of delta-and opioid receptor ligands. Dr. Folk also worked on developing a nonselective ligand that would block the effects of methamphetamine-like stimulants at dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine transporters. Most recently Dr. Folk synthesized several oxide-bridged phenylmorphans, pharmacological tools that could help scientists discern the recognition pattern needed by opioid receptors to produce analgesia or to block an overdose of heroin. 

He mentored numerous U.S. and foreign scientists who were greatly influenced by his scientific insights and wisdom. Dr. Folk was highly respected in the international scientific community for his original and rigorous approach and was recognized with many awards for his superior service and contribution.
A memorial service was held at 11:30 am Jan 6th 2011 at the Norbeck Memorial Park 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd, Olney, MD 20832.

Bethesda 01/10/2011

Myung Hee Park
NIDCR-NIH


Message received on 01/01/2011

Dear WHATers,
below please find a message sent by Myung Hee Park with sad news about Jack Folk.

Here, a couple of photos with Jack sent by Simone Beninati:
photo 1, and photo 2.

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Dear Simone, Mauro and Alberto,

It was nice to see Simone and Mauro at the Tivoli meeting and to learn about your exciting research. Thank you so much for writing letters to Jack, which I brought to him at the hospital the day after my return to DC. He was very pleased/cheered up to see the notes and appreciated them very much.
I am sorry to send you sad news on Jack on the New Years day. Unfortunately he did not recover from his broken femur surgery and the following pneumonia. He passed away on Dec 27th. I know that you would not be able to make it but just wanted to let you know.
The Funeral service will be held in Norbeck Memorial Park at 11:30am on next Thursday (01/06/2011).

Norbeck Memorial Park
16225 Batchellors Forest Rd
Olney, MD 20906

I am preparing a memo honoring his scientific career. You had a paper from the TGase meeting on Jacks contribution. I had it but cannot find it now and would really appreciate if you could send it to me by e-mail attachment. You may share the news with Lazlo Fesus, Franco Carmassi or other previous colleagues of Jack.

Thank you and Wishing you a Blessed New Year!

Myung Hee Park


Announcement received on 20/12/2010

International Factor XIII Symposium

Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany, on February 16, 2011, through the courtesy of Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Oldenburg, the president of the 55th GTH meeting (http://www.gth2011.de/).

Looking forward to meeting you in Wiesbaden soon.

Best regards,

Chairs of International Factor XIII Symposium

Akitada Ichinose Hans Kohler

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Final Program of the Annual International Factor XIII (FXIII) Symposium/Workshop at
the 55th GTH: Recent advances in the FXIII research
Chaired by Profs. Akitada Ichinose (Yamagaga Univ., Japan) and Hans Kohler (Bern Univ.,
Switzerland)

I. Getting Back to the Basics: Structure and function of FXIII chaired by Prof. Ichinose
1) Coagulation factor XIII variants with altered thrombin activation rates
  Stennicke H, Olsen E, Andersen M (Denmark)
2) Structural characterization of both the non-proteolytic and proteolytic activation pathways
 of coagulation factor XIII
  Faber J, Andersen M (Denmark)
3) Role of the barrel domains in FXIII A subunit (FXIII-A)
  Philippou H (UK)
4) Role of cross-linking by FXIII in fibrin structure and function
  Ariens R(UK)
5) FXIII expression in alternatively activated macrophages, and the role of FXIII in gene expression
alterations in connection with activation
  Adany R, Torocsik D (Hungary)

II. Challenging Clinical Issues: Diagnosis of FXIII deficiency and thrombosis chaired by Prof.
Kohler
6)Genetic and clinical data of 181 patients with hereditary coagulation FXIII deficiency
  Ivaskevicius V, Biswas A, Thomas A, Seitz R, Seifried E, Oldenburg J.
(Germany)
7) Relationship between FXIII (13) activity and cross-linked alpha2-plasmin inhibitor in patients with
Acquired Hemophilia XIII (13)
  Ichinose A(Japan)
8) Point-of-care assay of FXIII (13) activity by utilizing clot retraction reaction in clinical settings
  Kaneko M, Yatomi Y, Ichinose A(Japan)
9) Clinical implications of the FXIII activation peptide
  Schroeder V, Arnold M, Kohler HP (Switzerland)
10) The involvement of factor XIII in the impaired fibrinolysis of patients with factor V Leiden mutation
  Koncz Z, Bagoly Z, Muszbek L (Hungary)

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Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 
Time: 09:30 - 12:00
Session No: WS01 International Workshop Factor XIII
Session title: Recent advances in the FXIII research
Room: SAAL 6.2
Venue: die Rhein-Main-Hallen Wiesbaden, Rheinstraße 20, D-65185 Wiesbaden 
http://www.rhein-main-hallen.de/
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September 21th, 2010

POLYAMINES MEETING ROME-TIVOLI, ITALY, DECEMBER 1st - 6th, 2010

IMPORTANT NEWS ! !

REGISTRATION FEE AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: NEW DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2010

Dear Polyamine attendees, Dearest TGasi's friends,

As requested, I would like to inform you that we extended the submission deadline for the "2a International Conference on the Role of Polyamines and their Analogs in Cancer and other Diseases, that will be held in Tivoli (Rome), Italy, from December 1st to 6th, 2010 (http://w3.uniroma1.it/polyamines/ )

The extended submission DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2010.

A session on "Polyamines and Transglutaminases" has been included in the scientific program. We are looking forward to meeting you all in Tivoli-Rome, next December.

Sincerely yours,

Enzo

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


September 7th, 2010

POLYAMINES MEETING ROME-TIVOLI, ITALY, DECEMBER 1st - 6th , 2010

REGISTRATION FEE AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:
DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15th, 2010

Dear Polyamine attendees, Dearest friends,

I remind to all of you that Kazuei and I are organizing the "2a International Conference on the Role of Polyamines and their Analogs in Cancer and other Diseases", that will be held in Italy, SAPIENZA University of Rome and Tivoli (Rome), from December 1st to 6th, 2010.

Please visit the website of the Conference: http://w3.uniroma1.it/polyamines/ , as registration is now open, and for all the relevant information regarding the meeting.

Please complete the registration form as soon as conveniently possible and submit your abstract: DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15th, 2010. After completing the online registration process you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing the information due, as concerns your attending to the meeting.

IMPORTANT NEWS ! !

1) A session on "Polyamines and Transglutaminases" has been included in the scientific program

2) Registration fee for young scientists is reduced. Therefore, we invite young scientists to suggest, in the "form", the name of an other young scientist for sharing a double room

3) A Special Issue edited by Kazuei and I will be published on Amino Acid J. A tentative deadline is February 2011. Details will be discussed during the Tivoli's meeting

Other news:

Travel arrangements: Please visit the website "travel information", Mrs Daniela Panari d.panari@agriscambi.com of the Travel Agency "AgriScambi" is available to help you.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help or more information.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Tivoli-Rome, next December.

Sincerely yours,

Enzo and Kazuei

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


March 2010

POLYAMINES MEETING ROME-TIVOLI, ITALY, DECEMBER 1st - 6th , 2010

Dear Polyamine attendees, Dearest friends,

I remind to all of you that Kazuei and I are organizing the "2a International Conference on the Role of Polyamines and their Analogs in Cancer and other Diseases", that will be held in Italy, SAPIENZA University of Rome and Tivoli (Rome), from December 1st to 6th , 2010.

Please visit the website of the Conference (the site is in progress): http://w3.uniroma1.it/polyamines/

Please fill in the PRE-REGISTRATION FORM, at your earliest convenience, (DEADLINE is March 31th, 2010). The "form" is on the website.
We would be really pleased to receive, a.s.a.p., a positive reply to this e-mail message, as concerns your attending to the meeting, for planning purposes.

Moreover, it is also my pleasure to inform all of you that the Volume on "Polyamines in Biological Systems" Volume 38, Number 2 / February, 2010 was just published on Amino Acids (Ed. Springer-Verlag).

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Rome, next December.

Sincerely yours,

Enzo and Kazuei

Enzo Agostinelli Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi Fanelli"
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
ITALY
Phone: +39 0649910838
Fax: +39 064440062
mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


February 2010

News about the upcoming Gordon Research Conference

Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes

scheduled on July 18-23, 2010 at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, USA.

FROM: Dr. Richard Eckert and his Assistant Kathleen S. Reinecke, regarding the upcoming Gordon Research Conference entitled, Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes.

The direct link to the website to register for this Conference is:

http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2010&program=transgluta

This link will take you directly to the site to register.
The Organizer Committee kindly encourages all to register early as there are only 150 slots available!
If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen S. Reinecke at the following addresses:

Kathleen S. Reinecke, AA
Assistant to the Chair
Dr. Richard Eckert
John F.B. Weaver Endowed Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Maryland, Baltimore
108 N. Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-3220; Fax: 410-706-8297
kreineck@umaryland.edu
http://medschool.umaryland.edu/biochemistry/


February 2010

We are glad to inform all the WHATers about the following message received by Prof. Akitada Ichinose.

Dear Friends:

We are very glad that we can announce the annual International Factor XIII Symposium in Nurenberg, Germany, on February 24, 2010, through the courtesy of Profs. Ulrich Walter and Frits Rosendaal, the presidents of the 54th GTH & NVTH joint meeting. We wish to dedicate this symposium to the late Prof. Rudolf Egbring, a world-famous great FXIII scientist of the Marburg University, who passed away on October 30, 2009.

Looking forward to meeting you in Nurenberg soon.

Best regards,

Chairs of International Factor XIII Symposium
Akitada Ichinose
Rainer Seitz

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Final program of International Factor XIII Symposium/Workshop by Profs. A. Ichinose (Yamagata, Japan) and R. Seitz (Langen, Germany)

I. Novel functions and roles of Factor XIII in biological reactions (chaired by Prof. A. Ichinose):
1) A novel function of the A subunit of Factor XIII (FXIII-A) in platelet-fibrin clot retraction by Akitada Ichinose
2) New insights into the functional significance of cellular Factor XIII by Gonzalez-Manchon C
3) Factor XIII binding to TRAP-activated platelets by Janos Kappelmayer
4) Cellular Factor XIII as a novel leukemia associated immunophenotype by Janos Kappelmayer
5) Interaction between Factor XIII and the complement system by Verena Schroeder

II. New aspects of Factor XIII in various disease states (chaired by Prof. R. Seitz):
6) Factor XIII in tears and cornea: its possible function in health and disease by Muszbek L.
7) Activation of Factor XIII in individuals with Factor V Leiden mutation; a novel down-stream mechanism that might contribute to the increased risk of thrombosis by Bagoly Z
8) Molecular MRI of early thrombus formation using a bimodal alpha2-antiplasmin-based contrast agent by M. Eline Kooi
9) A novel C to A mutation in intron 1 of the Factor XIII-A gene leads to a decreased enhancer activity and the subsequent Factor XIII deficiency in a Chinese family by Wangwei Cai

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 09:30 12:00
Session No: Faktor XIII Workshop
Session title: Novel functions of factor XIII and its new roles in various biological reactions and disease states
Room: Istanbul

Venue: CCN Ost
NurnbergMesse GmbH
Messezentrum
90471 Nurnberg
Germany
www.congressing.de


February 2010

POLYAMINES MEETING ROME-TIVOLI, ITALY, DECEMBER 2010

Dearest Friends,

As Kazuei and I already informed you in USA, at the GRC, we are organizing the " 2nd International Conference on the Role of Polyamines and their Analogs in Cancer and other Diseases, that will be held in Italy, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Tivoli (Rome), from December 1st to 6th, 2010.
Website of the Conference is in progress.

Best regards.

Enzo and Kazuei

mail to: enzo.agostinelli@uniroma1.it


September 2009

Gordon Conference Report

Dear WHATers,
we have received a wonderful and accurate Scientific and Photographic Report, prepared for us by Prof. Donatella Serafini Fracassini, describing the recent Gordon Research Conference Polyamine 2009 (Waterville Valley, NH, USA).
Now, who was not able to attend such Conference, may easily discover what was discussed about.
Click here to download the report.
Many thanks, Donatella, from all the Transglutaminates's People.


June 2009

Gordon Conference "Transglutaminase in Human Disease Processes"

Richard L. Eckert, Conference Chair of the Gordon Conference entitled "Transglutaminase in Human Disease Processes" sent us a letter for announcing the Conference, which will be held on July 18-23, 2010 at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

Please click here to read his letter.


February 2009

Annual Meeting on Biogenic Amines

The Meetings will be held in Bertinoro, Italy, on 11-14 May, 2009.

The First Circular about the Meeting is available here.


February 2007

Dear colleague,

I trust you are informed about the 9th International Conference 
on Transglutaminases and Protein Crosslinking (PCL9) which will 
take place at Marrakech (Morocco) from September 1st to 5th, 2007.

Now, we are pleased to announce that the registration for PCL9 is 
open through the web site: www.pcl9.com  
where you will find all the preliminary information about the conference.
 
We of course remain at your disposal for any further questions.
 
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Marrakech,
 
Sincerely,
 
Said El Alaoui, Ph.D.
PCL9 Conference Chairman
Important Note:  the web site will continue to be updated as new 
information becomes available. 


January 2007

Dear Attendees,

Following on the tradition of successful Congresses held in several European countries, Simone and I are pleased to invite you to attend and to contribute to the session on POLYAMINES & TGase, within the "10^ International Amino Acids and Proteins Congress - ICAAP-", organized by Prof. Maria Liakopoulou-Kyriakides. The meeting will be held in Kallithea, Chalkidiki, Greece from August 21 to 26, 2007.

Information regarding the Conference Centre are available online at the website:

http://icaap.web.auth.gr

We would be really pleased to receive a positive reply to this e-mail message, as concerns your participation to the meeting.

Please submit a.s.a.p. a tentative title(s) of your talk or poster presentation and a pre-registration form.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Greece, next August.

Sincerely yours,

Enzo Agostinelli - University La Sapienza, Rome
Simone Beninati - University Tor Vergata, Rome


December 2006

Dear colleague,

Covalab and the organizers would like to bring to your attention the upcoming 9th International Conference on Protein Crosslinking and Transglutaminases (PCL9) which is going to take place at Marrakech (Morocco) from September 1st to 5th, 2007

This international conference is continuing the tradition of PCL meetings being held every 2 to 3 years. The following preliminary scientific sessions are planned for the conference:

1. Structure and function of transglutaminases
2. Cellular signalling
3. Transglutaminase substrates
4. Factor XIII
5. Transglutaminases in health and disease
6. Neurogenerative diseases
7. Wound healing and scarring / fibrosis
8. Non-mammalian transglutaminases and biotechnology
9. Coeliac disease (special clinical workshop on December 5th)

The PCL9 conference is a unique opportunity for you to present your work and update your knowledge in this field.
A conference website will be available soon at www.covalab.com. You will be notified once this will be up and running.

Conference venue:

The conference and all the accommodations will be at 4-5 stars hotel in the middle of a three-hectare private park with pleasant colours and green space with a modern infrastructure where all the conveniences are available. The hotel is near (10 min walk) the prestigious Koutoubia and the very famous Djemaa El Fna Square.
Meeting: a plenary room of a maximum capacity of 300 people in theatre style is available. Also there is a 256 square-meter exhibition hall.
Rooms: Luxuriously appointed rooms (soundproof), including some suites are roomy. They are equipped with air-conditioning, direct telephone line, satellite TV, a mini refrigerator and individual safe. Some rooms are equipped for the people with reduced mobility.
Hobbies: a large swimming pool (300 m2) heated in winter, a tennis court, a general sports ground (foot-ball; volley ball, ?), a bowling pitch, gym, table-tennis, a playground equipped for child, a cyber space, spa, hammam, oriental massage.
IT: Internet connection, wifi.

We are sure you will not want to miss out on exciting science in the beautiful city and country. To this end we would like you to confirm your participation no later than December 20th.

For more information Please contact:
Mrs Christine Dufour
Dr El Alaoui Said
aa@covalab.com
Phone : 33 (0) 437.654.230
Fax 33(0) 437.289.416


October 2006

Dear W.H.A.T.E.R.s,
following the numerous requests about, finally we have some Good News: we received information from Dr. Said El Aloui about the next Protein Crosslinking Meeting. PCL9 will be organized by CovalAb in Marrakech (Morocco) in September 2007 between 1st and 10th (4-5 days). As soon as we have further information, we will inform you.

W.H.A.T. Web Administrator

For additional information:
Covalab, 11 avenue Albert Einstein
69100 Villeurbanne - France
Phone : 33 (0) 437.654.230
Fax 33(0) 437.289.416
Web : www.covalab.com


August 2006

Dear WHATers,
we received the following request of information. Please send us any information useful to answer this question.
Thank you in advance,

Angelo Facchiano

-----

Would you kindly let me know when and where there is a scheduled
transglutaminase meeting in 2007?  Thank you for your help.

Best,
Bijan Ahvazi
***********************************************
Bijan Ahvazi Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  (NIAMS)
X-ray Crystallography Facility/Office of Science and Technology
MSC 8023
50 South Dr.
Bldg. 50, Room 1345
Bethesda, MD 20892-8023 

July 2006

Dear W.H.A.T.,
We would much appreciate if you considered the publication on your site of the attached obituary, or a shorten version of it, following the death of a young member of the transglutaminase research group at Nottingham Trent University, who many of us had the pleasure to meet at conferences.

Kind Regards

Elisabetta Verderio

- - - - - - -

Obituary

I am very sorry to announce the recent loss of Dr Richard Jones, a promising member of the transglutaminase scientific community.

Dr Jones undertook his PhD studies at Nottingham Trent University under the supervision of Prof M Griffin and subsequently continued to focus on the study of matrix tissue transglutaminase, defining its role in tumor inhibition. His latest work is in press (Jones RA et al Cell Death and Differentiation, 2006).

We have lost a talented scientist in our group and above all a dear friend, always ready to help, listen, and share his knowledge without conditions. A mentor for PhD students, a reliable colleague for Research Fellows and a valid collaborator of the Academic Lecturing Team at Nottingham Trent University.

Many of us will remember him at the Transglutaminase Conference in Lyon and then in Ferrara, where he was awarded the best Poster Prize.

He left this world on Sat 1st July, aged 38, after a long personal battle against cancer.

Richard will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity of working with him.

Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3

Elisabetta Verderio
School of Biomedical Science
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
Nottingham NG11 8NS
elisabetta.verderio-edwards AT ntu.ac.uk


December 2005

Dear colleagues,
I remember you the Tissue Transglutaminase in Human Pathology meeting which will be held in Milano the next 17th of March 2006.
A preliminar program is available here.
Due to the receptivity of the meeting room, the number of participants will be limited to the first eighty subscribers, thus you should send a pre-registration form to the fax 0039 02 50320403.
Please forward this message to any possible interested colleague.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Maria Teresa Bardella
Dr. Luca Elli
Dept. of Medicine Sciences
University of Milano
Tel. 0039 02 55033384
Fax 0039 02 50320403
E-mail:
tissue_tg_human_pathol@yahoo.it
luca.elli@unimi.it
mariateresa.bardella@unimi.it


August 2005

We received the following message by Prof. Rolf Hilgenfeld with information about the social program of the next PCL8 Conference:
Dear PCL8 participants,

only one week left until we will all meet at Luebeck for the 8th International
Conference on Protein Crosslinking and Transglutaminases (PCL8)! The level of 
excitement is certainly increasing at this end...

Today I am writing to introduce you to the social program of the conference. 
Participation in most of the activities is included in the registration fee 
and you will see that we offer good value for your money, not only by 
arranging an interesting scientific program, but also in terms of leisure 
activities.

Please help us organize these events by selecting from the list below and 
letting us know (through e-mail to pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de) what you'd 
like to participate in. Places for the events with limitation of the number 
of participants will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

See you next week at PCL8!


- Rolf Hilgenfeld -


SOCIAL PROGRAM 
  
  
Thursday, September 01, 2005 
  
13:00 hrs.: Guided City Tour (walk) 
Meeting point outside the Radisson SAS Senator Hotel (Willy-Brandt-Allee) 
Duration: ~ 2 hrs. 
Included in the conference registration fee. Please register for this tour 
before August 31 through pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de. Note that a second 
tour of this kind will be offered on Sunday, September 04. 
  
18:00 hrs.: Get-Together 
Meet the participants of the conference at an informal event with snacks, 
drinks and live music. Even gluten-free beer will be available! The 
get-together will take place in the Balkensaal  a historic room under the 
roof of the Media Docks. 
Included in the conference registration fee. 
  
  
Friday, September 02, 2005 
  
21:30 hrs.: Guided City Tour at Night (walk) 
Do not miss Luebeck by night! Guides in historic costumes will take you 
through the ancient town. You will discover charming places within the 
center of Luebeck. 
The hanseatic town offers many small cosy bars and cafes, where you can 
stop for a drink and relax after the walk. 
Meeting point at the historic town hall of Luebeck. 
Duration: ~ 1.5  2 hrs. 
Costs: 8 ? per person including a small surprise (but drinks not included).
Please register through pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de or on Thursday, 
September 01, at the registration desk. 
  
Saturday, September 03, 2005 
  
20:00 hrs.: Conference Dinner 
Dinner will take place in the traditional restaurant Ratskeller in the 
historic town hall of Luebeck. Address: 
Ratskeller zu Luebeck 
Markt 13 
23552 Luebeck 
Tel.: 0049-(0)451-72044 
Included in the conference registration fee. Please register on Thursday, 
September 01, at the registration desk. 
Dress code: casual.
  
  
Sunday, September 04, 2005 
  
14:30 hrs.: Boat Trip around Luebeck 
Discover Luebeck from a small boat going around the historic center! 
Duration: ~ 1 hr. 
Meeting point at the Media Docks. 
Included in the conference registration fee. On the boat, coffee and snacks 
will be available. Please register through pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de at 
your earliest convenience, but before Friday, August 26. 
Minimum number of participants: 30. 
  
15:30 hrs.: Guided City Tour (walk) 
Meeting point at the waterfront where the boat will stop (see above). 
Tour will depart after return of the boat. 
Duration: ~ 2 hrs. 
Included in the conference registration fee. Please register through 
pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de or on Thursday, September 01, at the registration desk. 
  
  
Further suggestions: 
  
Learn more about the family of Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann in the 
Buddenbrook-House: a reception will take place in the foyer of the building, 
including champagne, wine and more. There will be a guided tour, where small, 
amusing and interesting stories about the family of writers will be told 
(in English). Duration: approximately 1.5 hrs. Costs: 11 ? per person 
(12  25 people per tour). Booking through the PCL8 conference registration desk. 
  
  
On Saturday night, September 03, the theaters of Luebeck will organize the 
Night of Theater (in German): beginning at 16:00 hrs., all theaters in Luebeck 
present different performances until midnight. Musicals, improvisation plays, 
rehearsals of the newest stagings and more can be seen during this event. 
Tickets can be purchased at all participating theaters. Please find more 
information at www.theaternacht-luebeck.de. 
  
  
Until September 04, the sand-sculpture park Sandworld can be visited at 
Luebeck Travemuende. Please find more information at www.sandworld.de. 
  
  
For further information do not hesitate to contact the PCL8 Organizing Team 
(pcl8@biochem.uni-luebeck.de). During registration starting Thursday, 
September 01, 2005, from 10:00 hrs. in the Media Docks, we will be happy 
to answer all your questions. 
  

-- 
Prof. Rolf Hilgenfeld





April 2005

We received a message by Laszlo Lorand, concerning the figure reported on the cover of Progress in Experimental Tumor Research, vol. 38, entitled "Transglutaminases - Family of Enzymes with Diverse Functions". This is the specific comment:


       I regret that the drawing on the cover of the Mehta/Eckert book 
       perpetuates the mistaken notion that the N-terminal first seven 
       amino acids of TG2 would be the site of binding to fibronectin. 
       That property is built into a larger domain in the N-terminal third 
       segment of TG2 and, if anything, the stretch of the first seven 
       amino acids bracketed in the cover photo, might only play an 
       indirect role in securing the proper folding of the downstream 
       segment. 

       Laszlo 

We thank Laszlo for his kind message and we welcome any further comment to be posted in our web page: Laszlo will respond on specific questions.


March 2005

We received by Kapil Mehta the cover (as pdf file) of the Progress in Experimental Tumor Research vol. 38 entitled "Transglutaminases - Family of Enzymes with Diverse Functions" edited by K. Mehta and R. Eckert. Click here to see the cover!


April 2004

We received by e-mail a request of information about the next transglutaminase conference. We have no information about it, at the present, and we will be happy to put here any news the WHATers wish to spread around.


February 2004


We received this message for the WHAT community

Hi! I'm Patricia a PhD. student. I'm studing the activity of a plant
TGase and I would like to ask you for methods of activity measurement. 
I've been using the method described by Del Duca et.al. (1994) that 
makes the determination of the pelleted putrescine-tritiated proteins of 
a protein extract; but I would like to find an alternative method that 
permits a more rapid measurement of the TGase activity.
I would appreciate your help a lot. Thanks,

Patricia Carvajal V.
Lab. Biotecnología
IQS-URL
Barcelona 08017
Via Augusta 390
Tel. (34)932672000

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