8th International Conference on Membrane Redox Systems and Their Role in Biological Stress and Disea (ICMRS 2006)

Venue: Szeged

Location: Szeged, Hungary

Event Date/Time: Apr 04, 2006 End Date/Time: Apr 08, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Apr 08, 2006
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Although this is the 8th conference in a series, the title as well as the scope of the previous conferences has changed from time to time. These changes reflected the shift of interests in the field of research in membrane redox systems. The identification of membrane-associated redox systems in membranes other than the 'energetic' membranes (mitochondria and chloroplasts), started with the observation that perfused liver was capable of reducing the non-permeable electron acceptor ferricyanide (FeCN). These experiments suggested that the cell membrane should also have a redox system. Demonstration of the FeCN-reducing capability of plasma membranes from various plants and animals proved in a very short time that the presence of a redox system in plasma membranes is a ubiquitous event in nature. In the last few years, however, it has become evident that not only the plasma membrane but also other cellular membranes different from mitochondria and chloroplasts (e.g. the vacuolar membrane, and the membranes of the ER) seem to contain redox system(s) (redox proteins) capable of either cis- or trans-membrane electron transport.

The notion "bioenergetics" has long been connected to the results obtained in the research of the biophysical and biochemical properties of the mitochondrial and chloroplast membranes. The results obtained in studying the electron transport chains in the mitochondrial inner membranes and in the chloroplasts as well as in the bacterial membranes have been frequently discussed and shared by scientists in many different international conferences. We have no intention to duplicate these international conferences.

The aim of this conference is to provide possibility and a friendly atmosphere for scientist dealing with membrane redox proteins in any cellular membranes preferentially different from the mitochondrial and chloroplast ones. The minor change in the conference title from "International Conference on Plasma Membrane Redox Systems" to "International Conference on Membrane Redox Systems" reflects the significant development in the research field of membrane redox systems.