November 10-14, 2003
Ise-Shima, JAPAN

Invited speaker and tentative topics

I. Cellulosome

E. A. Bayer, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
" New scaffodins, cohesins and dockerins."

J.-P. Bélaich, Center National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
"Utilisation of the components of the bacterial cellulosomes to construct new performing pluri-enzymatic tools for biomass valorization"

R. H. Doi, University of California, Davis ,USA
"Structure, function, and regulation of the Clostridium cellulovorans cellulosome"

H. J. Flint, Rowett Research Institute, UK
" Polysaccharide-degrading enzyme systems of anaerobic bacteria from the gut"

L. G. Ljungdahl, University of Georgia, USA
"Function and structures of domains in multi-modular glycohydrolases from the cellulosome of Clostridium thermocellum"

W. H. Schwarz, Technische Universität München, Germany
"The Clostridium thermocellum cellulosome - the paradigm of a multienzyme complex"

J. H. D. Wu, University of Rochester, USA
"Structure and function of the Clostridium thermocellum cellulosome "


II. Fungal

M. Arai, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
"Cellulase system of Aspergillus aculeatus"

K. Ito, National Research Institute of Brewing, Japan
"Cellulase and hemicellulase genes of white koji mold (Aspergillus kawachii) "

T. Kanda, Shinshu University, Japan
"New insight on cellulose degradation by cellulase and related enzymes from fungi"

Y. Morikawa, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan
"Induction mechanism of xylanase III gene co-expressed with cellulases in Trichoderma reesei"

M. Penttilä, VTT Biotechnology and Food Research, Finland
"Regulatory mechanisms involved in expression and secretion of enzymes by Trichoderma reesei"

T. Watanabe, Kyoto University, Japan
"Control of the generation of active oxygen species for selective ligninbiodegradation by Ceriporiopsis subvermispora"


III. Structure and function of cellulase

G. W. Black, University of Northumbria , UK
"Structural insights into the catalytic mechanism of the polysaccharide lyases"

H. Gilbert, University of Newcastle, UK
"The structural basis for substrate recognition in glycoside hydrolases"

K. Hayashi, National Food Research Institute, Japan
"Changing the enzyme character of ß-glucosidase by gene manipulation"

L. Lo Leggio, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
"Structure and specificity of polysaccharidases belonging to the 4/7 superfamily"

J. Sakon, University of Arkansas, USA
"Crystal structure of Fam 12 cellulase"

J. Sugiyama, Kyoto University, Japan
"Recognition of molecular directionality in crystalline polysaccharide hydrolysis by some exohydrolases"

T. T. Teeri, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
"New enzymes for wood fibre modification"

T. Warren, University of British Columbia, Canada
"Glycoside hydrolases from Cellulomonas fimi: activities and interactions with substrates"

T. Watanabe, Niigata University, Japan
" Mechanism for crystalline chitin hydrolysis by bacterial chitinases"

D. B. Wilson, Cornell University, USA
"Mechanism of cellulose degredation by Thermobifidia fusca"


IV. New aspects of cellulase research

P. Bergquist, Macquarie University, Australia
"Production of recombinant cellulases and hemicellulases for fibre modification from thermophilic microorganisms in fungal hosts"

T. Hayashi, Kyoto University, Japan
"Involvement of cellulase in cellulose biosynthesis"

J-P. Jouany, INRA C.R, France
"Factors influencing cellulolytic and xylanolytic activities in the rumen; advantage of addition of exogenous enzymes to the diet"

T. Kudo, RIKEN, Japan
"Cellulose degradation and protozoa-prokaryote interaction in lower termite"

C. Mitchinson, Genencor International, Inc., USA
"Improved cellulases for the Biorefunery"

M. Morrison, Ohio State University, USA
"Functional and Comparative Genomics of Cellulolytic Bacteria"

H. Watanabe, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan
"Animal cellulases and their application"


V. Biomass utilization in Japan

Y. Igarashi, University of Tokyo, Japan
"The Role of Biotechnology for Recycling of Organic Resources"

T. Saiki, Japan Alcohol Association, Japan
"Development of a new process for fuel ethanol production from cellulosic biomass based on highly efficient technologies of pretreatment, fermentation and membrane-dehydration. "

S. Sawayama, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
"An overview of anaerobic digestion in Japan"

H. Yukawa, RITE, Japan
"Today and Future: Utilization of Biomass"