The meeting is open to the International Community with its unique format, which is mostly based on oral presentations given by Junior Scientists (PhD Students and Postdocs). The plenary lectures will be delivered by Gad Asher (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Fabiana Perocchi (Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität München, Germany) and Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet (Aix-Marseille University, France).

Scientific committee

Paolo Bernardi, Alessandro Giuffrè, Giovanna Lippe, Vito De Pinto, Francesco Francia, Cesare Indiveri, Luigi Palmieri, Claudia Piccoli.

Organizing committee

Claudia Piccoli, Nazzareno Capitanio, Rosella Scrima, Consiglia Pacelli, Olga Cela, Francesco Tucci, Piervito Lopriore.


Claudia Piccoli, Consiglia Pacelli, Rosella Scrima, Maria Ciavarella Tel. +39 0881 588060 Email:

Registration Deadline

30th April, 2019. On-line registration at

Registration fee

Early registration, before April 30th:
120.00 Euro for undergraduate students, PhD students, Post Docs
160.00 Euro for researchers and professors
Delayed registration
150.00 Euro for undergraduate students, PhD students, Post Docs
200.00 Euro for researchers and professors
Registration includes coffee breaks, lunches and social dinner.


Congress hall Hotel "I Melograni", Lungomare Europa 48, 71019 Vieste (FG).


By car from the north: highway A14, exit Poggio Imperiale, freeway Garganica following indications to Vieste.
By car from the south: highways with exits to Foggia or Candela, continuing in the direction Manfredonia-Vieste.
By train: stations of San Severo or Foggia and bus connections to Vieste
By airplane: Bari airport "K. Wojtyla" and transportation to Vieste by the Pugliairbus service "Gargano easy to reach".


Recommended Hotel: I Melograni (special price for the attendants to the meeting), alternative accommodations can be found at the website
IMPORTANT: do not delay the booking of your accommodation, because in June Viestewill be in the tourist season.

Oral presentations and abstract submission Deadline

30th April 2019.
The abstracts, not exceeding one A4 page and with the presenting author name underlined, should be submitted on-line at Please utilize the abstract form present in the web site. Oral presentations usually last 10 min + 5 min discussion (final info will be provided when all abstracts are received). English will be the official language at the meeting.


Thursday 13th June

13:00 - 15.00 Registration
15:00 - 15.30 Welcoming address Authorities, GIBB President and the Organizing Committee

Opening Plenary Lecture
Chair: Alessandro Giuffr egrave; (CNR Rome, Italy)
15:30 - 16.15 Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet (BIP Laboratory, UM7281 AMU/CNRS, Marseille, France)
Using phylogenetics in studying bioenergetic metalloenzymes: the case of enzymes working in arsenic metabolism

Session I. Respiratory Chain Complexes, ATP Synthase, Redox Biology
Chairs: Alessandro Giuffrè (CNR, Rome), Francesco Francia (University of Bologna)

16.15 - 16.30 Chiara Galber (University of Padova)
Role of F-ATP synthase f subunit in dimer formation and PTP modulation
16.30 - 16.45 Carolina Hierro Yap (University of South Bohemia)
The mitochondrion of Trypanosoma brucei’s infectious stage: how minimalism can broaden your limits
16.45 - 17.00 Leonid A. Ivontsin (Institute of Cytochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Moscow)
Proton transport through the inlet half-channel of F0F1-ATP synthase: new insights and perspective
17.00 - 17.15 Luigi Leonardo Palese (University of Bari)
What about the structures of the cytochrome c oxidase tell us about the mechanism
17.15 - 17.30 Piero Leone (University of Bari)
FAD forming and destroying via human FAD synthase: a puzzle of modulated and modulating activities
17.30 - 17.45 Francesco Bellanti (University of Foggia)
Defective transdifferentiation of senescent hepatic progenitor-like cells is associated with impairment of mitochondrial bioenergetics

18.00 - 19.00 Welcome cocktail

20.00 - 22.00 Guided tour to Vieste

Friday 14th June

Opening Plenary Lecture
Chair: Nazzareno Capitanio (University of Foggia)
08.45 - 09.30 Yaarit Adamovich (University of Tel Aviv)
Using The Interplay Between Oxygen and Circadian Clocks

Session II. Bioenergetics Metabolism and Mitochondrial (Dys)Function I
Chairs: Paolo Bernardi (University of Padova), Annamaria Tonazzi (CNR, Bari)

09.30 - 09.45 Giuseppe Cannino (University of Padova)
TRAP1 regulation in cancer metabolism: identification of new interactors
09.45 - 10.00 Consiglia Pacelli (University of Foggia)
Parkin mutation affects the clock genes-dependent energy metabolism
10.00 - 10.15 Francesca Liuzzi (University of Bologna)
IF1 promotes cancer cells survival under anoxic conditions
10.15 - 10.30 Claudio Laquatra (University of Padova)
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model to study the pathophysiological role of the mitochondrial chaperone TRAP1
10.30 - 10.45 Pauline Dao (Medical University of Vienna)
Dissecting mitochondrial functions in brain, behavior and timing with the human disease gene LETM1

11.00 - 13.45 Tour on Boat to the Sea-Caves and Swim in the Sea

14.00 - 15.00 Lunch

Session II. Bioenergetics Metabolism and Mitochondrial (Dys)Function I (continued)

15.00 - 15.15 Karim Zuhra (CNR Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology, Rome) N-acetylcysteine serves as substrate of 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase and boosts sulfide metabolism in colon cancer cells
15.15 - 15.30 Francesca Agriesti
Nandrolone induces a stem cell-like phenotype inhibiting mitochondrial respiratory activity
15.30 - 15.45 Francesco Tucci (University of Foggia)
Cell metabolism profile of different embryonic stem cells

Session III. Transporters and Pores: Structure and Physio Pathology I
Chairs: Giovanna Lippe (Università di Udine), Vito de Pinto (Università di Catania)

15.45 - 16.00 Lara Console (University of Calabria)
Role of Tryptophan 224 in the transport mechanism of the mitochondrial carnitine/acylcarnitine carrier
16.00 - 16.15 Ruggero Gorgoglione (University of Bari)
Molecular identification and functional characterization of a novel glutamate transporter in yeast and plant mitochondria

16.15 - 16.45 Coffee break

16.45 - 17.00 Veronica Fiorito (University of Torino)
Metabolic adaptation in colorectal cancer: heme export is required for the down modulation the tricarboxylic acid cycle
17.00 - 17.15 Emma Aloe (University of Calabria)
Effect of cholesterol on the human ASCT2 amino acid transporter
17.15 - 17.30 Marco Schiavone (University of Padova)
A mitochondrial therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
17.30 - 17.45 Anna Stocco (University of Padova)
Cyclophillins in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
17.45 - 18.00 Andrea Urbani (University of Padova)
Ca2+-dependent high-conductance channel activity of F-ATP synthase matches the permeability transition pore

18.00 GIBB member annual meeting

20.30 Social dinner

Saturday 15th June

Session III. Bioenergetics Metabolism and Mitochondrial (Dys)Function II
Chairs: Luigi Palmieri (University of Bari), Elena Forte (University of Roma, La Sapienza)

09.00 - 09.15 Silvia Russo (University of Bari)
Mitochondrial signature in human ovarian cancer tissue: involvement of cAMP pathway, SIRT3, OPA1 and PHB2 proteins
09.15 - 09.30 Vidyasagar Naik Bukke (University of Foggia)
Effect of obethicholic acid on liver mitochondria in a model of secondary biliary cirrhosis
09.30 - 09.45 Federica Taurino (University of Bari)
Proteomic-driven analysis reveals a dysregulation of a key mitochondrial protein in Short-Term Type-1 Diabetes Mellitus
09.45 - 10.00 Arcangela Iuso (Institute of Human Genetics, Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, Germany)
Development of treatment strategy for MPAN, a sub-type of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA)
10.00 - 10.15 Anna Ferretta (University of Bari)
Increased levels of cAMP by the calcium-dependent activation of soluble adenylyl cyclase in parkin-mutant fibroblasts
10.15 - 10.30 Elisabetta Wyart (University of Torino)
Iron availability regulates cancer related skeletal muscle wasting

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

Session IV. Transporters and Pores: Structure and Physio Pathology II
Chairs: Cesare Indiveri (University of Calabria), Marco Zancani (University of Udine)

11.00 - 11.15 Technical presentation
Enrico Tatti (Biolog, Hayward Inc. California, USA)
Biolog MitoplatesTM: a novel tool to assess mitochondrial functions in eukaryotic cells
11.15 - 11.30 Mariafrancesca Scalise (University of Calabria)
The human SLC38A9 transceptor: insights into the transport side and structure/function relationship
11.30 - 11.45 Andrea Carrer (University of Padova)
Electrophysiological characterization of channel formed by F-ATP synthases
11.45 - 12.00 Rosaria Saletti (University of Catania)
Oxidation state of methionine and cysteine residues in human mitochondrial Voltage-Dependent Anion Selective Channel isoforms (hVDAC) investigated by high resolution mass spectrometry
12.00 - 12.15 Maria Tolomeo (University of Bari)
Function and dysfunction of human riboflavin transporters

12.15 - 12.45 Concluding remarks and awards

13.00 Lunch / lunch box

14.00 End of the meeting
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