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Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology

Part of the International Online Conference on Cells series
17 Dec 2020–17 Jan 2021

Exosomes, Cell Death, Cell Metabolism, Diseases, Autophagy, Embriomorphogenesis, Cell Migration, Cell Signaling
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The 'Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology'-Introduction from Chair

Prof. Dr. Ciro Isidoro

Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Committee, I am pleased to welcome you to the first electronic conference, Cells 2020, dedicated to the “mechanisms and pathophysiological role of the metabolic cross-talk between the cells”.

Cells 2020 is an online event that covers all aspects of cell metabolic cross-talk.

The event is hosted on Sciforum, the platform developed by MDPI for organizing electronic conferences and discussion groups, and is sponsored by MDPI and the Cells open access Journal.

The theme of the electronic conference is Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology .

The conference will be held from 17 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 on, a platform service for hosting international electronic conferences for scientific communities.

Topical sessions include:

  1. Cell Cycle Regulators: The Cross-Talk with Metabolism
  2. Exosomes and Extracellular Vesicles in Health and Disease
  3. The Cross-Talk between Cell Adhesion and Metabolism
  4. The Cross-Talk between Cell Death Regulation and Metabolism (Two webinar: December 17)
  5. The Compartmentalisation of Cellular Signaling
  6. Signaling and Metabolic Cross-talk in the Tumor Microenvironment (Two webinars: December 18)
  7. The Cross-Talk between Immune Cells and Tissue Microenvironment

Cells 2020 will allow scientists from all over the world to present their latest research and receive direct feedback from peers, without costs of travel. Cells 2020 will be sponsored by MDPI, Switzerland.

Please note that registration and publishing abstracts/presentations/proceedings are free of charge. Full papers will be selected for publication in a Special Issue of Cells (IF 4.366; with 20% discount on article processing charges): Selected Papers from the International Electronic Conference on Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology.

We hope that you will join the conference to make use of the presence of internationally renowned scholars to exchange ideas and to merge different areas of expertise into successful collaborations.

Ciro Isidoro, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee

Department of Health Sciences
Università del Piemonte Orientale
Novara (Italy)

Conference Secretariat
Ms. Christina Zhang
M.Sc. Fancy Zhai

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Conference Chairs

Department of Health Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale, Amedeo Avogadro, Novara, Italy

Qualified FULL PROFESSOR of -Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology; -Medical Oncology; -General Pathology and Clinical Pathology.

Conference Committee

Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy, INSERM, U1183, Hôpital Saint-Eloi, Montpellier, France


Stephenson Cancer Center, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OKC (USA)


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA


Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA


Institute of Research for Food Safety & Health IRC-FSH, University Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy


Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences University of Calabria, Rende (Cs) Italy


Associate Professor of Experimental Medicine and Pathophysiology, Dept. of Health Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy


University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1211B Abramson Research Center, 3615 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Ph.D. Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Virology, George Mason University Discovery Hall, Manassas, VA, USA


Call for Submissions

The Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology (Cells 2020) will be held online from 17 December 2020 to 17 January 2021. This event enables the researchers of cells sciences to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues without the need to travel. All proceedings will be published on the conference homepage in an open access format.

Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:

The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will also be the possibility to submit selected papers to the journal Cells (ISSN 2073-4409; CODEN: CELLC6; Impact Factor: 4.366 (JCR 2019) with a 20% discount on the APCs; Cells 2020 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel—all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference and present your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 1 December 2020 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 13 December 2020. The conference itself will be held from 17 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. Cells 2020 is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the submission procedure and the preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".

Critical Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 01/12/2020
Notification of Acceptance: 03/12/2020
Deadline for Submission of Conference Proceedings Papers: 13/12/2020
Conference Open: 17/12/2020

Cells2020 Live Sessions Programs

17 December

Professor Danny N. Dhanasekaran Bidirectional Metabolic Signaling loop in Ovarian Cancer Microenvironment

5:00-5:30 pm

Dr. Gloria H. Su Cellular Complexity of Pancreatic Cancer

5:30-6:00 pm

18 December

Dr. Rosamaria Lappano Hypoxia-IL1β Signaling Prompts Stimulatory Effects in Both Breast Cancer Cells and Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts

9:00-9:30 am

Professor Dr. Ciro Isidoro Dysregulation of Glucose Metabolism in Cancer Cells: Role of the Inflammatory Tumor Microenvironment

10:00-10:30 am

Related Webinars

Speaker Presentation topic Date and Time (CET) Registration
Dr. Jan Lotvall Extracellular vesicles as communicators between cells – importance in health and disease

17 November

9:20-9:50 am

Dr. Samir El Andaloussi

Engineering of extracellular vesicles

17 November

10:00-10:30 am

Dr. Davide Medica Extracellular vesicles derived by human endothelial progenitor cells protect human renal glomerular endothelial cells and podocytes from tumor necrosis factor-alpha injury

18 November

11:00-11:40 am

Professor Maria T. Diaz-Meco Metabolic vulnerabilities in the control of lineage plasticity in cancer

18 November

3:20-4:00 pm

Dr. Raffaella Chiaramonte Extracellular vesicles: new players in multiple myeloma bone marrow reprogramming

18 November

4:00-4:40 pm

Dr. Sarah Hurtado-Bagès The histone variant macroH2A1.1, a master regulator of myogenic cell fusion, adhesion and metabolism

19 November

10:30-11:00 am

Prof. Vincenzo Mollace The role of translocator protein TSPO and intracellular NT-metalloproteinase-2 in dysfunctional myocardial cells in diabetics.

23 November


Dr. Lorena Urbanelli Extracellular vesicles: from endosomal/lysosomal system to extracellular signalling

23 November

9:40-10:10 am

Dr. Ravi P. Sahu 1. Lipid signaling pathway in targeted therapy-mediated microvesicle particles release in lung cancer

2.Exploring the lipid signaling pathway and microRNA-149 in modulating the growth and cytotoxic responses of targeted therapy against lung cancer

23 November

11:20am -12:00 pm

Dr. Will Bailis Regulation of T cells by NAD compartmentalization

23 November

2:15-2:55 pm

Professor Fatah Kashanchi Use of exosomes to communicate between infected and uninfected cells

25 November

11:30 am-12:00 pm

Professor Annalisa Chiocchetti Osteopontin shapes the metastatic niche by engaging ICOS-L

25 November

9:40-10:10 am

Professor Antonio Sica Connections between emergency hematopoiesis and tumor microenvironment

25 November

10:20-10:50 am

Cells2020 Recording

In this section, you will find the recordings of the webinars to watch, re-watch and share with your colleagues!

17 November 2020

18 November 2020

19 November 2020

23 November 2020

25 November 2020

17 December 2020

18 December 2020

Instructions for Authors


Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Start New Submission" function once logged into system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 150-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 1 December 2020.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome in Cells 2020. All authors will be notified by 3 December 2020 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint (only PDF) and/or video presentation of his/her paper, until the submission deadline of 13 December 2020.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on the Cells 2020 homepage for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 17 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.
  5. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference and journal Cells will publish the proceedings of the conference as a Special Issue. After the conference, the authors are recommended to submit an extended version of the proceeding papers to the Cells Special Issue with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges.
Structure of Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.

Microsoft Word

Authors must use the Microsoft Word template to prepare their manuscript. Using the template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copy-editing and publication of accepted manuscripts. Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.

Manuscript Preparation
  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Formatting / Style: Papers should be prepared following the style of Cells 2020 template. The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [4] or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and an explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.

For further enquiries please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.

Video Presentations

Authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. The video should be no longer than 10 minutes and be prepared with the following formats,

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG4
  • .MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .FLV

The video should be submitted via email before 13 December 2020.

Presentation of Posters

Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section. It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

List of accepted submissions (7)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-034883 The actin cytoskeleton is a key element of the apoptosome assembly in the developing brain

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Submitted: 14 Aug 2020

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sciforum-034829 Apoptosomes and proteasomes from exosomes generated by human hematopoietic stem cells

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Submitted: 14 Aug 2020

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sciforum-036513 Genotoxic bystander signals from irradiated human mesenchymal stromal cells mainly localize in the 10 – 100 kDa fraction of conditioned medium , , , , , , , , , , , , N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-034865 Cardiolipin regulates select functions of astrocytes dysregulated in chronic neuroinflammatory states

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Submitted: 14 Aug 2020

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sciforum-034891 Neurotrophins as intercellular signaling molecules of the brain regulate select immune functions of microglia


Submitted: 14 Aug 2020

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Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, Cells would like to award the best papers and best speakers as elected by the members of the scientific committee. The Award will consist of 500 Swiss Francs and a free featured paper. We look forward to posting your contributions.

The Awards
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 2

The Best Paper Award is given for the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference. There will be two winners selected for this award, the winners will be scholars in an early stage of her career (within seven years of appointment to an independent position)
Best Speaker Award

Number of Awards Available: 2

Two best speakers will be selected by the Scientific Committee after evaluation of all selected talks presented during the conference. The winners will be selected from the videos uploaded through our submission system.

Sponsors and Partners

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