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Online Now: November 2014 issue of ASBMB Today

November 2014 ASBMB TodayNovember 4, 2014 — The November issue has something for just about everyone. In the mood for something serious? Our big feature story is about thalidomide, a drug that in the 1950s was found to cause severe birth deformities but that today is used as a cancer therapy. Need a pick-me-up? This month's installment of our "Defying stereotypes" series profiles Nina Davuluri, a brainy beauty queen who advocates for STEM education. Like a little controversy? Read two reader responses to ASBMB President Steve McKnight's September column about study sections, and read McKnight's latest column defending his record when it comes to supporting early-career scientists. Need something super cool to post on social media? Check out these pretty images from the FASEB BioArt contest. Lastly, consider taking our reader survey so that we can better serve you. We hope you enjoy the November issue!

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Journal News

JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Nutrient Regulation of Cellular Metabolism & Physiology by O-GlcNAcylation

November 4, 2014 — The dynamic cycling of N-acetylglucosamine (termed O-GlcNAcylation) on serine or threonine residues of nuclear or cytoplasmic proteins serves as a nutrient sensor, both independently and also via its interplay with other post-translational modifications, to regulate signaling, transcription and cell physiology. Emerging evidence suggests that dysregulation of this ubiquitous post-translational modification contributes to the etiology of some the most important human chronic diseases. This Thematic Series provides an overview of our current knowledge about the myriad roles of O-GlcNAcylation in cellular physiology.

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JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Metals in Biology 2014

September 2, 2014 — This thematic series addresses the issue of why certain metals are used by particular enzymes, as well as the consequences of using the wrong metal. The first Minireview in the series deals with general aspects of metal specificity, and the next two deal with specific cases, the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase and iron/manganese homeostasis in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. The fourth discusses with metal selection in oxidative stress, and the final organelles (lysomes) as mediators of metal homeostasis.

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Member News

ASBMB Members Named HHMI ProfessorsHHMI LogoThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced 15 scientist-educators who have been named HHMI professors. Each will receive $1 million over five years "to create activities that integrate their research with student learning in ways that enhance students' understanding of science." Forty scientists have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002.
New members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Academy 2013 The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced in late April the election of 198 new members who will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Mass. Six ASBMB members were elected.  


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