President's message


Jerry Hart, the new ASBMB president, writes about his history with the ASBMB and his plans for the society’s future.

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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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Paul D. Boyer (1918—2018)


This Nobel Prize-winning biochemist often said he never met an enzyme he couldn’t love.

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Interviews with the 2018 ASBMB award winners


At the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB’s print and digital media specialist, Allison Frick, talked to the award winners about their work.

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Lipid News


Using viruslike particles formed from mammalian cells, researchers can safely study deadly viruses like Ebola and Marburg outside the highest biosafety-level facilities.

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JBC: Shedding light on the protein AKAP350


Researchers at Vanderbilt University report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on their finding that this large enigmatic protein appears to form a bridge and recruit proteins involved in building microtubules in human cells.

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JBC: A spring-loaded sensor for cholesterol in cells


Research from the University of New South Wales published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, explains how an enzyme that helps the body make cholesterol acts as a thermostat that responds to and adjusts levels of cholesterol in the cell.

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MCP: Just drops of viper venom pack a deadly punch


Brazilian scientists write in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics about characterizing the structure of sugar molecules that modify proteins in the venom of lancehead vipers.

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JLR: Medical detectives, linked by a PubMed search


Doctors in Israel were treating a baby with an ultra-rare myelin deficiency. Researchers in Japan had studied the mutation that caused it. A paper in the Journal of Lipid Research describes how they were brought together.

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From the journals


Why are people with chronic kidney disease at high risk of heart failure? Can a pathogen avoid a host antibody by grabbing it? Why do some cancer cells love sugar and eschew fiber? 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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