On Thursday we arrived in Budapest to join a three-days meeting organized by the PXE-International Organization (infos can be found at: PXE-International).
Abcc6, encoding a membrane transporter, was recently identified as the causal gene for calcification observed in two different human rare disorders: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) and general arterial calcification of infancy (GACI). In mice the gene causes dystrophic cardiac calcification (DCC).
This meeting brings together international scientific researchers from different disciplines (clinicians, molecular geneticists, cell biologists, and bioinfomaticians) working on Abcc6 to understand the underlying pathological mechanisms and to look for substrate(s) transported by this membrane transporter.
This is a great opportunity to discuss recent results, some times even results that are not yet published but presented at this meeting.
The spirit of this well organized and higly interested conference is extremely enjoyable. We love to be here.
ZA, ST, MM