13th International Symposium

on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research  
Marriott Hotel, Jackson, MS, USA
September 11-14, 2016

Oral Presentations
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O - 01

Insoluble Nickel Compounds Disrupt Global Gene Expression, Inducing Morphological, A.I., and Neoplastic Transformation of C3H/10T1/2 Mouse Embryo Fiberoblasts


Joseph R. Landolph, Jr.1, 2, 3, Aruni T. DeSilva-Pehl and Kazeem A. Akinwumi1, 3  


Depts. of  1Mol. Micro./Immun. and 2Path., Cancer Res. Lab.,1303 N. Mission Road, 3USC Comp. Cancer Ctr., Keck School Medicine, Univ. South. Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., 90033, USA


O - 02

Harnessing Big Data to Map the Genomic Landscape of Triple Negative Breast Cancer


Chindo Hicks1, Lucio Miele1, Michelle Loch2 and Ritika Ramani3


1Department of Genetics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center,

533 Bolivar Street, New Orleans, LA 70012, USA

2Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center,

533 Bolivar Street, New Orleans, LA 70012, USA

3Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724, USA


O - 03

The Effects of the Glycation of Transferrin on Chromium Binding and the transport and Distribution of Chromium in Vivo


Ge Deng, Samantha L. Dyroff and John B. Vincent


Department of Chemistry, The University of Alabama, 250 hackberry Lane, Box 870336, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0336, USA


O - 04

Chromatin Structural Changes and Function in Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Cellular Transformation

Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky, KY, USA


O - 05

Arsenic Induces the Highly Carcinogenic Polyadenylation of Canonical Histone mRNA by Downregulating Stem-Loop Binding Protein


Max Costa


Department of  Environmental Medicine and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU School of Medicine, NY, NY 10016, USA


O - 06

Activation of L1 by Heavy Metal Exposure: Mechanistic Insights


Astrid M. Roy-Engel, Madeline Sell, Rebecca S. Derbes, Servant Geraldine and Maria E. Morales


Epidemiology Department and Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA


O - 07

Selective Zinc Finger Protein Oxidation and Arsenic Carcinogenesis


Xixi Zhou, Karen L. Cooper, Xi Sun, Laurie G. Hudson and Ke J. Liu


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA

O - 08

Trombospondin-1 and MicroRNA-1 Regulation by MWCNT in Alveolar Epithelial Cells


Maricica Pacurari


Department of Biology, College of Science, Engineering & Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA


O - 09

“Honorary Biomedical Sciences and Health Information Lecture Series”


Regulatory Science Relevant to Nanomaterials: Biological and Physico-Chemical Evaluation of Immobilized Nanostructures


José A. Centeno and Girish Kumar


US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Division of Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD, USA


O - 10

Multifunctional Nanoprobes for Elucidating Phenotype Heterogeneity of Circulating Tumor Cells


Avijit Pramanik1, Stacy Jones1, Jasmine Burrell1, Ibrahim O Farah2  and Paresh Chandra Ray1


1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

2Department of Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA


O - 11

Evaluation of Chemical Biomarkers in Selected Tumors with Different Grade of Malignancy


Marek Lankosz1, Maria Grzelak1, Daria Krauze1, Pawel Wrobel1, Beata Ostachowicz1, Dariusz Adamek2 and Lukasz Chmura2


1AGH-University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer

Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow, Poland

2Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Medicine, Chair of Pathomorphology, ul. Grzegorzecka 16, 31-531 Krakow, Poland


O - 12

Toxicity Evaluation of Graphene Oxide in Kidneys of Sprague-Dawley Rats


Anita K. Patlolla1, 2, Jonathan Rondalph3, S. Anitha Kumari4 and Paul B.Tchounwou1,2


1NIH- Center for Environmental Health, College of Science Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

2Department of Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

3CESTEME Program, Jackson Public School, Jackson, MS, USA

4Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad, India.


O - 13

New Metal Ions in Cancer Research


Gerald Bastian


Department of Chemistry, University of New Orleans, Louisiana, LA, USA

O - 14

Evaluation of Potential Toxicity of Pyridalyl Exposure in Albino Rats and Earthworms using Biological and Biochemical Parameters


Mohamed-Bassem A. Ashour, Refat M.Sherif, Didair A. Ragheb, Mohamed Y. Hendawi and Mahmoud M.Yousef1


Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Research Laboratory, Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig-44511, Egypt


O - 15

Getting the Lead in, out, and Beyond: Hurricane Katrina and Dynamic Temporal and Spatial Changes in New Orleans


Howard W. Mielke1, Christopher R. Gonzales1 and Eric T. Powell2


1Environmental Signaling Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue SL 8683, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, USA

2Lead Lab, Inc. (sub contract with the Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue SL 8683, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, USA


O - 16

Development of Patient Population-Specific Cancer Molecular Biomarkers


Upender Manne


Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 35226, USA


O - 17

Method Development for the Analysis of a Group of Emergent Pollutants (PBDES) in Sewage Sludge using (HSSPME-GC-MS)


Brenda Mejía1, Ma. del Rosario Peralta-Pérez1, Ma. de Lourdes Ballinas-Casarrubias1, Javier Zavala-Díaz de la Serna1, Luis de la Torre-Saenz2 and Beatriz A. Rocha-Gutiérrez1


1Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Campus Universitario #2, Circuito Universitario, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, C.P. 31125

2Centro de Investigación de Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Chih. México. C.P. 31136


O - 18

Cameroon’s Ecosystems and Possibilities for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Perspectives


Nole Tsabang 1, 4, Clément G. Yedjou2, Evariste F. Fongnzossié3, René B. Jiofack4, Denis Sonwa5, and Paul B. Tchounwou6


1Institute of Medical Researches and Medicinal Plants Studies (IMPM), Yaounde, Cameroon

2Cellomics and Toxicogenomics Research Laboratory, NIH-RCMI CEH, JSU, Jackson, USA

3The University of Douala, Cameroon, 4High Institute of Environmental Sciences, Yaounde, Cameroon

5Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Yaounde, Cameroon

6Molecular Toxicology Research Laboratory, NIH-CEH, CSET, JSU Jackson, MS, USA

5Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Yaounde, Cameroon; 6University of Dschang, Cameroon; 7Molecular Toxicology Research Laboratory, NIH-CEH, CSET, JSU. Jackson, MS, USA


O - 19

Mobile Elements as a Source of Environmentally Sensitive Genetic Instability


Prescott Deininger, Maria Morales and Astrid Engel


Tulane Cancer Center and Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA


O - 20

Co-exposure to Arsenic and Estrogen Potentiates Genotoxic Estrogen Metabolic Pathway

Kamaleshwar P Singh


Department of Environmental Toxicology, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA


O - 21

Relevance of Trace Elements in Initiation and Progression of Oral Cancer


Sunali Khanna1, A. C. Udas2, G. KiranKumar2 and S. Soundarajan 2


1Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, 400008 India

2Dept of Analytical Chemistry, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400085, India


O - 22

Development of Standardized and Fortification Botanical Agent as Treatment and/or Prophylaxis for Breast Cancer


Ernest B. Izevbigie1, Xuan Luio2 and Ken S. Lee2


1Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, Department of Basic Science, Biochemistry Unit, Benson Idahosa University, 1 University Way, Benin City, Nigeria

2Molecular and Cellular Signaling Laboratories and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA


O - 23

Role of Cell Fusion in Cancer Progression and Metastasis


Felicite Noubissi1, Ty Harkness2, Tanner McArdle3, Anannya Banga3, Caroline Alexander4 and Brenda Ogle3,5


1Department of Biology, RCMI, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA

2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 53706, USA

3Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

4The Department of Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 53706, USA

5The Stem Cell Institute, Masonic Cancer Center, Lillehei Heart Institute, Institute for Engineering and Medicine, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA


O - 24

The Complexity of Low Dose Radiation Health Effects: Risk and Non-Targeted Radiation Effects


Alexandra Miller


Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA


O - 25

Role of Diet in Biotransformation and DNA Adduct Formation in Environmental Toxicant-Induced Colon Carcinogenesis


Kelly L. Harris1, Mary K. Washington2, Samuel E. Adunyah1 and Aramandla Ramesh1


1Department of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

2Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA

O - 26

Drugs and Curcumin Inhibit Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Breast Carcinogenesis


Gloria M. Calaf1,2, Richard Ponce-Cusi1 and Marcela Gallardo1


1Institute of Scientific Investigation, University of Tarapacá, Arica, Chile

2Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA


O - 27

Molecular Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia and its Potential Therapeutics


M. Nasir Uddin


Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Baylor Scott & White Health/Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, Texas, USA


O - 28

Why Tumors Induced by PHMB Rats might not be Relevant in Humans


Edmond E. Creppy


Toxicology Laboratory, University Bordeaux 2, 146, Rue Léo Saignat 33076, Bordeaux, France


O - 29

Honorary Biomedical Sciences and Health Information Lecture Series”


The Potential of Natural Lactate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors for Cancer Therapy


Karam F. A. Soliman


Center of Excellence for Cancer Research, Training and Community Service, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA


O - 30

Copper Complexes with Oligopeptides as Novel Candidates against Breast Cancer. Biochemical vs Biological Assays


María H. Torre1, Lorena Aguilar1, Natalia Alvarez1, Gianella Facchin1 and M. Gabriela Kramer2


1Inorganic Chemistry (DEC), Faculty of Chemistry, Gral Flores 2124, UdelaR. Montevideo, Uruguay

2Department of Biotechnological Development, Institute of Hygiene, Faculty of Medicine, A. Navarro 3051, UdelaR, Montevideo, Uruguay


O - 31

Chemo Preventive Phytochemicals as Speed Breakers in Inflammatory and Stress Signaling Involved in the Journey to Cancer: A Case for Protocatechuic Acid and 6-Cingerol


Ebenezer O. Farombi


Drug Metabolism and Toxicology Research Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


O - 32

Incorporating a Gold binding Peptide into a Uranium-binding Antibody Fragment


Grace A. Jairo, Bhupal Ban and Diane A. Blake


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans Louisiana, USA

O - 33

Advancing the Understanding of Human Placenta Development and Function from Gene Family Expression Data


Raphael D. Isokpehi1, Jasmin Fryer1, Antoinesha Hollman2, Brandon Clark1, Rickeisha Hamilton1, Jerome Garrett1, Karla Dunklin1, Abraham DaSilvio1, Raenell Dorsey1, Mickael Hobbs1, Tashmay S. Jones1, Zachary Olszewski1, Ashley Turner1, Hughleia Solomon1, Aneesha Baker1, Matilda O. Johnson3, Katharina C. Wollenberg Valero1, Hung-Chung Huang2, Paul B. Tchounwou2 and Oyekanmi Nash4


1College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA

2College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

3College of Health Sciences Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, USA

4H3Africa Bioinformatics Network, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria


O - 34

Cancer Mortality Trends in Mexico: A Specific Analysis of the State of Chihuahua


Héctor Rubio Arias1, Jesús Manuel Ochoa Rivero2 and Daniel Villazón Bustillos3


1Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Department of Natural Resources of the College of Animal Production and Ecology.

2National Research Institute on Forestry, Agriculture and Animal Production (INIFAP), La Campana Experimental Site

3Chihuahua Technological Institute. Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México


O - 35

Developing Excel Based Meta-Analysis Models for the Hepatitis-C Studies


H. Anwar Ahmad and Luma Akil


Department of Biology/Environmental Science, CSET, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA


O - 36

Enteric Virus Pollution in the Basasseachic Waterfall National Park Well Water


Ma. Carmen E. Delgado-Gardea1,2, Mendieta-Mendoza A1, Patricia Tamez-Guerra2, Ricardo Gomez-Flores2, Francisco Javier Zavala-Díaz de la Serna1, Gilberto Erosa-de la Vega1, María Concepción Pérez-Recoder3, Blanca E. Sánchez-Ramírez1, María del Carmen González-Horta1 and

Rocío Infante-Ramírez1


1Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas. Circuito Nuevo Campus Universitario s/n. Chihuahua, México. 31125

2Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Departamento de Microbiología e Inmunología, Ave. Universidad s/n, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L., México. 66450.

3Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas. Dirección Regional Norte y Sierra Madre Occidental. Parque Nacional Cascada de Basaseachic. Ocampo, Chihuahua. México


O - 37

Common Statistical Errors in Experimental Toxicology Issues Related to Replication


Wayne E. Briner and Jeral Kirwan


College of Health, Humans Services and Science, Ashford University, 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego, CA  92123, USA



O - 38

Analyzing the Role of Air Pollution and Meteorology on Asthma Prevalence using a Poisson Regression Model: A Case Study of Gulfport Region, Mississippi, USA


Amit Kr. Gorai1, Ashok Kr. Patel1, Paul B. Tchounwou2 and Francis Tuluri3


1Department of Mining Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha -769008, India

2NIH/NIMHD RCMI Center for Environmental Health, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA

3Department of Industrial Systems & Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA


O - 39

Water Quality of the Laguna de Bustillos in Chihuahua, Mexico


Jesus Manuel Ochoa-Rivero1, Beatriz Adriana Rocha-Gutierrez2, Ana Victoria Reyes Fierro2, Hector O. Rubio-Arias2, Maria de Lourdes Ballinas-Casarrubias2, Eutiquio Barrientos Juarez1 and Celia de la Mora-Orozco4


1Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP), Campo Experimental Delicias - Sitio Experimental La Campana, km. 33.3 Carretera Chihuahua - Ojinaga. Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico, C.P. 32910

2Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua - Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Circuito Universitario S/N, Campus Universitario II, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, C.P. 31125

3Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecologia, Periferico Francisco R. Almada. Km 1. Colonia Zootecnia, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, C.P. 31031

4Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP), Campo Experimental Centro Altos de Jalisco, km. 8 Tepatitlan-Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, México. C.P. 47600


O - 40

Honorary Biomedical Sciences and Health Information Lecture Series”

Banquet Speaker

The Conundrum of the Environment and Health: A Review of the Devastating Impact of El Nino, and its Management, in East and Southern Africa


Stella Anyangwe1 and Kalula Kalambay2


1School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028, South Africa

2Independent Public Health Consultant, Quebec, Canada


O - 41

Genoic Surveillance Facilitates Ebola Virus Containment and Elucidates Origin, Transmission and Evolution during the 2014 Outbreak


Christian Happi1 and ACEGID2


1Department of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, 2African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria


O - 42

The Role of Predictive Analytics in Addressing Health Disparities


Daniel F. Sarpong

Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities for Research & Education., New Orleans, LA 70125, USA


O - 43

Analysis of Factors Contributing to Mississippi’s Geographic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer


Roy J. Duhe

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Radiation Oncology, UMMC, Jackson, MS 39216, USA


O - 44

Discovery of Susceptibility Genes Loci for Airway Diseases via Expression Quantitative Trait Loci (EQTL) Analyses for Gene-Environment Interaction Studies


Hung-Chung Huang, Ramzi Kafoury and Paul B. Tchounwou


Department of Biology/NIH-NIMHD RCMI Center for Environmental Heath, CSET, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA


O - 45

Public Policies on Environmental Health – Climate Change and Impacts on Health – Reports of Cases in Sao Paulo State with 44 Million People (Brazil) from 2010 to 2016


Telma de Cássia dos S. Nery1 and Rogério A. Christensen2


1Health Institute (INCOR), International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (Latin American and Caribbean Chapter) Sao Paulo, Brazil. 2SUCEN: Superintendency of Endemic Disease Control, Sao Paulo, Brazil


O – 46

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection in a Cameroonian Population


D. N. Mbanya1,2,3, Agbor V. Ndip1, Tagny C. Tayou1,2, J. B. Kemmegne3, B. Awazi3, C. Ngansop1,3 and N. Ndemb4

1Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon 2Yaoundé University Teaching Hospital, Yaoundé 

3Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Cameroon

4Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Nigeria


O – 47

Progression of Metabolic Syndrome in Relation to Depression Symptoms and High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein: The Bogalusa Hearth Study


Azad R Bhuiyan1, Marinelle Payton1, Sophia S. Leggett1, Sathanur R. Srinivasan2 and Gerald S. Berenson3


1Jackson State University School of Public Health, Jackson, MS, USA

2Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans, LA, USA

3Tulane University School of Public Health and LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, USA


O – 48

The Protect Superfund Research Program and Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico: Community Engagement and Research Translation in Puerto Rico’s Northern  Karst Region


Carmen M. Vélez Vega1, José F. Cordero2, Colleen Murphy1, Phil Brown3, Abigail Figueroa1 and Akram Alwabashek3


1University of Puerto Rico, 2University of Georgia and 3Northeastern University

O – 49

Expansion of Aboviroses with Pandemic Characteristics in the South American Continent: Challenges and Decisions


Marcio R. Barbosa


Institute of Study and Research of Santa Cruz Hospital, 398 Santa Cruz Street, Sao Paulo City, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

O – 50

Recovery and Functional Characterization of Cryopreserved Rhesus Monkey Spermatozoa


Anthony E. Archibong


Departments of Physiology, Meharry Medical College, 1005 D.B. Todd Blvd, Nashville, TN, USA


O – 51

Environmental Exposure of Heavy Metal Lead to Children, P. R. China: An Investigation from Systematic Literature


Xiaoping Li1, Ting Wu, Yanan Zhao and Dongmei Liu


1Department of Environment Science, Shaanxi Normal University, No. 199 Chang’an South Street, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710062, P. R. China

Center of Nano-environment Science and Health, Shaanxi Normal University, No. 199 Chang’an South Street, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710062, P. R. China