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Prize winners – 5th International Symposium on Metallomics

Metallomics were delighted to sponsor poster prizes at The 5th International Symposium on Metallomics which took place on 9th – 12th September 2015 in Beijing, China. The three poster prize winners were:

  • Aki Kosugi from The University of Shiga Perfecture with a poster entitled, ‘Heavy metal accumulation and vegetation ecology in allotetraploid arabidopsis kamchatica subsp. Kawasakiana
  • Chuangji Liu from Xiamen University with a poster entitled, ‘Novel Zn-BTMPAMP complex for Cu-exchange in amyloid-β-Cu protects against copper-induced amyloid-β toxicity
  • Agnieszka Ścibior from The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland with her poster entitled, ‘The research on the vanadium(V)-magnesium (Mg) interactions: An in vivo experimental model

Many Congratulations to Aki, Chuangji and Agnieszka on receiving your prizes

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Metallomics Editorial Board Chair, Professor Wolfgang Maret, presents the winners with their prizes

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Conference Organisers Professor Zhifang Chai, Professor Chunying Chen (Metallomics Editorial Board) with the 3 winners and Professor Maret

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Metallomics Poster Prize: International Congress on Analytical Proteomics, Sao Paolo, Brazil

We are pleased to announce that the Metallomics Poster Prize from the recent International Congress on Analytical Proteomics held in Sao Paolo, Brazil has been awarded to Lidiane Mataveli from Adolfo Lutz Institute, Brazil.

Metallomics Poster Prize Winner: Lidiane Mataveli

Lidiane is a Scientific Researcher in the Inorganic Contaminants Laboratory from the Adolfo Lutz Institute, Brazil. Recently, finished her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Campinas, Brazil, advised by Prof. Dr. Marco Aurélio Zezzi Arruda. Her principal aim was to enlarge metallomics information when considering transgenic and non-transgenic soybean seeds. The first steps of her research were performed in the Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-inorganique et Environnement (LCABIE), in Pau, France, where transgenic and non-transgenic soybean seeds were compared in terms of total element concentrations, behavior of elements during sequential extraction fractionation and element bioaccessibility. As results, published at Metallomics in 2010, statistically significant differences in concentrations of certain metals were found between the samples.

Subsequently, studies were continued in Brazil, using 2D-HPLC-ICP-MS, the first dimension consisting of size exclusion chromatography and the second dimension of anion exchange chromatography. The metal containing fractions separated were taken to the mass spectrometer for protein identification. This part of her work, published in Metallomics in 2012, showed that among the 33 proteins identified, two were previously related to metals. The last step of her research consisted in the implementation of a third separation dimension using SDS-PAGE, where the bands were cut out to check metals content and to identify the proteins, correlating both of the results. In this part of her research, for which she won the Metallomics Poster Prize in the 3rd ICAP, the number of proteins associated to metals was higher, associated to metals were identified, 7 in total, demonstrating the complementarity of the separation techniques.

Congratulations to Lidiane for her winning poster!

Professor Marco Arruda receiving the Metallomics Poster Prize from Editorial Board Chair, Wolfgang Maret, on behalf of Lidiane Mataveli

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Zinc-UK Summer Meeting, Aberdeen, 4-5th July 2013

Rowett Institute of Nutrition and HealthThe Zinc-UK meeting this summer will be held at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen on 4th and 5th July. A map of the venue can be found here.

As well as linking UK and non-UK zinc researchers, the meeting will have 2 themes:

  • Bioanalytical Methods in Zinc Biology
  • Biomedical Roles of Zinc

Zinc-UK strongly encourages students to participate and posters can be on any subject related to zinc. We are delighted to say that Metallomics will be offering a Poster Prize during the meeting.

To register for the meeting or to find out more, please visit the  Zinc-UK meeting website.

Recent Zinc-related articles published in Metallomics:

The BaeSR regulon is involved in defense against zinc toxicity in E. coli
Da Wang and Carol A. Fierke 
Metallomics, 2013, 5, 372-383
DOI: 10.1039/C3MT20217H

Repletion of zinc in zinc-deficient cells strongly up-regulates IL-1β-induced IL-2 production in T-cells
Doha Daaboul, Eva Rosenkranz, Peter Uciechowskia and Lothar Rink  
Metallomics, 2012, 4, 1088-1097
DOI: 10.1039/C2MT20118F

Synaptic Zn2+ homeostasis and its significance
Atsushi Takeda, Masatoshi Nakamura, Hiroaki Fujii and Haruna Tamanoa  
Metallomics, 2013, 5, 417-423
DOI: 10.1039/C3MT20269K

Zinc released from olfactory bulb glomeruli by patterned electrical stimulation of the olfactory nerve
Laura J. Blakemore, Elisa Tomat, Stephen J. Lippard and Paul Q. Trombley 
Metallomics, 2013, 5, 208-213
DOI: 10.1039/C3MT20158A

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Metallomics Poster Prize Awarded

Natalia Szenkier-Garcia and Marco Arruda

Poster prize winner Natalia Szenkier-Garcia and Advisory Board member Marco Arruda

Natalia Szenkier-Garcia from the Weizmann Institute of Science in UK recently won the Metallomics Poster Prize at the 12th International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine held in Punte del Este, Uruguay.

The prize for the poster entitled ‘Adaptation of a novel class of proteasome inhibitors for treatment of multiple myeloma’ was presented by the Metallomics Advisory Board member Marco Arruda.

In her work, Natalia explored the chemical, biochemical and biological aspects of proteasome inhibitory activity of thiosemicarbazate-copper complexes.

The proteasome is a large protein present in eukaryotes and Archaea responsible for the regulation of multiple physiological functions and an established target of anticancer drugs. The long-term goal of this research is to identify metal-complexes that can influence the proteasome activity and act as therapeutic agents in multiple myeloma.

Metallomics at the Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine Symposium

Interested in metal-based compounds?

Here are some papers that you might be intersted in. They will be free to read until April 12th. Click on the links below:

Cellular uptake and subcellular distribution of ruthenium-based metallodrugs under clinical investigation versus cisplatin
Michael Groessl ,  Olivier Zava and Paul J. Dyson
Metallomics, 2011,3, 591-599
DOI: 10.1039/C0MT00101E

DNA binding and nucleolytic properties of Cu(II) complexes of salicylaldehyde semicarbazones
Wan Yen Lee ,  Yaw Kai Yan ,  Peter Peng Foo Lee ,  Shiow Jin Tan and Kok Hwa Lim
Metallomics, 2012,4, 188-196
DOI: 10.1039/C1MT00147G

Advances in metal–carbene complexes as potent anti-cancer agents
Arnaud Gautier and Federico Cisnetti
Metallomics, 2012,4, 23-32
DOI: 10.1039/C1MT00123J

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A Forum for Metallomics

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Forum on Metallomics in Japan, which was held at Showa Pharmacuetical University, Machida, Tokyo, Japan. This was a two day Symposium held from 30-31st August, providing the opportunity for young, up-and-coming scientists working in the area of metallomics to present and share their research, through both oral and poster presentations.

Showa Pharmaceutical University

Showa Pharmaceutical University

The themes of the Forum were well chosen, with the first day highlighting one of the important application areas for this field, Metallomics and Environmental Toxicology, with the second day looking at the more fundamental techniques used and the interface between Analytical Chemistry and Metallomics.

I’m delighted to say that Metallomics had the opportunity to recognise the emerging young researchers in this area, with two awards presented to the best Young Scientists presenting their work during the Forum. These were awarded to Dr Yasunari Kanda from the National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan and Dr Shin-ichiro Fujii from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

From left: Professor Yasumitsu Ogra (Chairman), Dr Yasunari Kanda, Dr Shinichiro Fujii and Dr May Copsey (Editor, Metallomics)

Metabolomics approach for tributyltin toxcity – Yasunari Kanda

Trace elemental analysis of single yeast cells by time-resolved ICP-MS using the HECIS – Shinichiro Fujii

I’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to them both, and I hope that you will have the opportunity to read their research yourself in Metallomics very soon. We would also like to sincerely thank the Chairman of the Forum, Professor Yasumitsu Ogra for all his help with organisation of these awards and inviting us to be part of the Forum. We look forward to supporting the 4th Metallomics Forum in two years time at Musashino University.

In spring 2013, we will be publishing a themed issue inviting articles from this Metallomics Forum, highlighting the range and quality of the metallomics research which is being conducted in Japan. This will be the second in this series of issues, Metallomics in Japan, following the issue that we published from the 2010 meeting. Please find the articles here from that issue.

The field of metallomics has traditionally been strong in Japan, largely thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Hiroki Haraguchi, who was one of the first researchers to propose metallomics as a new emerging area of research. This has led to an expanding number of exciting youg researchers working in this field. Read an Editorial from Wolfgang Maret, the Chair of the Metallomics Editorial Board, on the development of the field of metallomics and how we envisage the journal will be able to support the community as this develops in the future.

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Metallomics Poster Prize Awarded

Metallomics Poster Prize

Metallomics Poster Prize winner Joan Soldevila

Joan Soldevila from the University of Warwick recently won the Metallomics Poster Prize at the Dalton Division Joint Interest Groups Meeting, which was held at the University of Warwick in the first week of April.

His poster was entitled “NADH Regeneration by Ru(II) half sandwich complexes containing water soluble monotosylated ethylendiamine chelating ligands”. In it, the regioselective reduction of NAD+ to 1,4-NADH with ruthenium(II) arene complexes using ethylenediamine chelating ligands was studied and catalytic activity examined.

The goal of this research is to help design new ruthenium organometallic complexes that have the potential to act as catalytic therapeutic agents.

Here are some papers from Metallomics that you might be interested to read:

Cellular uptake and subcellular distribution of ruthenium-based metallodrugs under clinical investigation versus cisplatin
Michael Groessl, Olivier Zava and Paul J. Dyson
Metallomics, 2011, 3, 591-599
DOI: 10.1039/C0MT00101E

Mechanism of interstrand migration of organoruthenium anticancer complexes within a DNA duplex
Kui Wu, Qun Luo, Wenbing Hu, Xianchan Li, Fuyi Wang, Shaoxiang Xiong and Peter J. Sadler
Metallomics, 2012, 4, 139-148
DOI: 10.1039/C2MT00162D

FAB, ESI and MALDI Mass Spectrometric methods in the study of metallo-drugs and their biomolecular interactions
Marijana Petković and Tina Kamčeva
Metallomics, 2011, 3, 550-565
DOI: 10.1039/C0MT00096E

C– and CZE–ICP-MS approaches for the in vivo analysis of the anticancer drug candidate sodium trans-[tetrachloridobis(1H-indazole)ruthenate(III)] (KP1339) in mouse plasma
Anna K. Bytzek, Katharina Boeck, Gerrit Hermann, Stephan Hann, Bernhard K. Keppler, Christian G. Hartinger and Gunda Koellensperger
Metallomics, 2011, 3, 1049-1055
DOI: 10.1039/C1MT00055A

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CSI 2011, Brazil

Niamh O'Connor joins the organisers of CSI 2011 for lunch

Metallomics Publisher, Dr Niamh O’Connor, attended the recent Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XXXVII, which took place from 28 August to 2 September in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  You can see her enjoying lunch with the conference organisers (and some Metallomics authors) in the picture to the right!

Congratulations to our poster prize winners Manuel Bravo, Alejandro C. Oliveri, Graciela Escandar, Felipe Aguilar and Waldo Quiroz of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile.

If you were at the conference and would like to share your experiences, please leave your comments below.

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Prize winners at the 3rd International Symposium on Metallomics

Well done to the six winners of our sponsored poster prizes at the recent International Symposium on Metallomics:

Franziska Blaske, Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Germany
Investigation of the adduct formation of Ag(II) ions with thiols by means of capillary electrophoresis coupled to  mass spectrometry

Yayoi Kobayashi, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
Distribution and Biliary Excretion of Arsenic in Rats Orally Administered with Dipheneylarsinic Acid

Greg Kowald, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Metal ion discrimination by metallothioneins

Tomás Matousek, Laboratory of Trace Element Analysis, Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the AS CR, v.v.i., Czech Republic
Speciation Analysis of Arsenic by Hydride Generation-Cryotrapping atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry: Achieving Extremely Low Detection Limits with Inexpensive Instrumentation

Malgorzata Rozga, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Human Serum Albumin (HSA) Role in Controlling Cu(II) Induced Amyloid Beta Peptide (Aß) Neurotoxicity

Christoph Wehe, Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Germany
Flow injection QP-ICP-MS as a fast and low sample consuming tool for quasi simultaneous quantification of elements in in-vitro models of the blood-brain- and the blood-liquor-barrier

Congratulations to you all!

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Metallomics in Japan

The beginning of November saw Kyoto Pharmaceutical University host the 2nd Metallomics Reserach Forum in Japan. Metallomics was very pleased to be involved with this meeting, and to see the subject growign so rapidly in Japan.

Congratulations to our Metallomics prize winners!

Shoichiro Asayama from Tokyo Metropolitan University was awarded the prize for the best presentation, and Kazumi Inagaki (National Metrology Institute of Japan) and Yutaka Yoshikawa (Kyoto Pharmaceutical University) were awarded prizes for the best posters. Well done all!

Watch out for the ‘Metallomics in Japan’ themed issue, coming in 2011! In the meantime, read some of the latest articles from Japanese reserachers in Metallomics:

Comparison of selenohomolanthionine and selenomethionine in terms of selenium distribution and toxicity in rats by bolus administration
Yoshiro Tsuji, Takahiro Mikami, Yasumi Anan and Yasumitsu Ogra
Metallomics, 2010, 2, 412-418

In vivo micro X-ray analysis utilizing synchrotron radiation of the gametophytes of three arsenic accumulating ferns, Pteris vittata L., Pteris cretica L. and Athyrium yokoscense, in different growth stages
Teruhiko Kashiwabara, Sakiko Mitsuo, Akiko Hokura, Nobuyuki Kitajima, Tomoko Abe and Izumi Nakai
Metallomics, 2010, 2, 261-270

Inhibitory effect of CuSO4 on α-glucosidase activity in ddY mice
Yutaka Yoshikawa, Ryoko Hirata, Hiroyuki Yasui, Masakazu Hattori and Hiromu Sakurai
Metallomics, 2010, 2, 67-73

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IBDG meeting on Metal Homeostasis

Kirsty McLean receives her IBDG Young Investigator’s Award from Professor Emma Raven of the University of Leicester

From 10-11 September, the Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group (IBDG) held a meeting on Metal Homeostasis at the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University.

Chris Dennison of Newcastle University and Jon McMaster of the University of Nottingham put together a great programme, with Chairs and speakers from the UK, USA and Japan.  These included Metallomics Editorial Board members Tom O’Halloran and Nigel Robinson, as well as Claudia Blindauer of the University of Warwick and Wolfgang Maret of King’s College, London who have both recently published review articles in Metallomics:

Cytosolic metal handling in plants: determinants for zinc specificity in metal transporters and metallothioneins
Claudia A. Blindauer and Ralf Schmid
Metallomics, 2010, 2, 510-529
DOI: 10.1039/C004880A

Cytosolic zinc buffering and muffling: Their role in intracellular zinc homeostasis
Robert A. Colvin, William R. Holmes, Charles P. Fontaine and Wolfgang Maret
Metallomics, 2010, 2, 306-317
DOI: 10.1039/B926662C

The 2010 IBDG Young Investigator’s Award was received by Kirsty McLean of the University of Manchester, who gave an excellent talk on Cytochrome P450 systems and cholesterol metabolism.

Student posters were also presented, and our congratulations go to Fazia Adyani Ahmad Fuad of the University of Edinburgh and Stephen Allen of Newcastle University who won the Metallomics and Dalton Transactions poster prizes, respectively.

Thanks very much to Chris, Jon and all involved in organising the meeting for an interesting and insightful couple of days.

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