Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 5th World Congress on Epigenetics and Chromosome Istanbul, Turkey.

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Saleem Ali Banihani

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan

Keynote: Effect of urate, an end product of purine nucleosides catabolism, on sperm function

Time : 10:00-11:00

OMICS International Epigenetics Congress 2018  International Conference Keynote Speaker Saleem Ali Banihani photo

Saleem Ali Banihani has completed his PhD from Cleveland Clinic-Cleveland State University collaborative program in the field of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Medicine. Currently, he is the Vice Dean of Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has published more than 33 papers in reputed journals, mainly in the field of Andrology.


Since beginning of the 60s, several studies have revealed the effect of urate, an end product of purine nucleosides catabolism, on semen quality and sperm function; though, this effect has not yet been collectively studied. Here, we systematically discuss the effect of urate on semen quality and sperm function and thus on sperm parameters (sperm motility, viability, morphology and sperm DNA oxidation). In conclusion, urate contributes to enhancing and protecting sperm viability, motility, morphology and sperm DNA damage, hence, contributes to protecting the ability of sperm to achieve fertilization. Mechanistically, this contribution is achieved primarily by counteracting the detrimental effect of nitrating agents and oxidizing agents, and enhancing the biochemical activity of certain enzymes in sperm. In contrast, high concentration of urate may induce negative effects on sperm parameters.