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For February, it’s iron — atomic No. 26


To mark the second month of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, Quira Zeidan writes about iron, the most abundant element on earth.

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Undergraduate award winners reflect


Student chapter members who received the 2018 Undergraduate Research Award describe their summer research projects. Topics include discovering key residues in Dib1, an essential splicing protein, and the regulation of mitochondrial DNA transcription.

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Chapter president joined for journal club


Lauren DeLong discovered her love of science outreach and teaching through involvement with the Salisbury University ASBMB Student Chapter.

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Lipid News


The isoform sphingosine kinase 1 has garnered attention as a potential therapeutic target. Michael J. Pulkoski-Gross and Lina M. Obeid write that they have determined an important role for SK1 in endocytic trafficking.

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JLR: Mysterious PCSK9 mutation


Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco publish an investigation in the Journal of Lipid Research into why experiments on this protein give different results in a test tube than they do in liver cells.

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JBC: Elusive cancer target


The enzyme NSD2 is overactive in a type of leukemia and certain multiple myelomas, and it’s hard to work with, but researchers at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about their system to speed up the discovery of compounds that will block NSD2 activity.

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MCP: Wasp venom


When researchers at the University of California, Riverside subjected an elusive venom to RNA sequencing and proteomic analysis, they found that its components include hundreds of identified neurotransmitter hormones and peptide precursors, they write in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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From the journals


How do plants survive in fluctuating temperatures? Why do some of infection-fighting molecules block viruses from entering cells, while others interfere with viral replication? How does a bacterium’s spore coating help it resist antibiotics?  These and other questions are addressed in ourroundup of papers published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & CellularProteomics.

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