President's message


ASBMB President Natalie Ahn tells you where you can build your knowledge, meet leaders in research and education, and make lifelong friends — all in one place. (Hint: That place is San Diego.)

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News from the Hill: #ASBMBHillDay


No matter where you are April 12, you can be part of ASBMB’s annual day of advocacy in Washington, D.C., for federal funding of scientific research.  Here’s how.

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Member update


Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members. Send us your updates.

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Günter Blobel (1936–2018)


We remember a giant of cell biology, a Nobel laureate, a pioneer in determining how proteins are distributed in the cell, and a loyal, supportive mentor.

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Lipid News


As this flu season has shown, vaccines offer only limited protection, so Dennis Voelker’s lab is investigating how phospholipids can be used to combat influenza A.

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JBC: How an interest in bipolar disorder drugs led to a better understanding of leukemia


While investigating how lithium inhibits the enzyme GSK-3, researchers discovered that GSK-3 could affect RNA splicing — and aberrant splicing causes white blood cell proliferation in leukemia. Their work appears in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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JBC: A molecular garbage disposal complex has a role in packing the genome


In experiments using yeast cells, researchers found that the proteasome, which breaks down proteins, also can both induce and stop the spread of heterochromatin in the genome. They reported their studies in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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MCP: Proteome profiling dissects variations in tumors


Using novel extraction methods and laser-capture microdissection, researchers found that even seemingly identical cells can have pronounced differences in protein levels. Read more about this paper in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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JLR: Unique solid-liquid lipid organization could regulate what gets under your skin


Studying the role of a skin lipid called ceramide EOS, researchers found long disordered chains that remain liquid at much lower temperatures than expected. The nanodroplets may make skin more permeable, they write in the Journal of Lipid Research.
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From the journals


Which fats make a healthier mouse? How can you ensure sperm have both heads and tails? Read about these topics and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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