News from the Hill


To maintain robust federal funding for government agencies involved in scientific research, Congress will need to once again raise the legislative spending caps that were set in 2011.

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Member update


Awards, promotions and more. Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members. Send us your updates

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Julian B. Marsh (1926—2018)


Four colleagues remember a pioneer in lipid and lipoprotein metabolism research who served in the 1980s as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Lipid Research.

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Lipid News


Hui Liu and Alex Toker look at PI(3,4)P2, a neglected lipid product of PI3K that has an important role as a versatile lipid second messenger, with some surprises.

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JBC: Cataract formation


When Harvard postdoc Eugene Serebryany moved to a new lab, he had trouble replicating the results of his lens crystalline protein experiments. Figuring out what changed led to a discovery described in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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MCP: Immune disease


With samples from patients in four countries and a novel database on the neutrophil proteome, scientists at universities in Munich and Berlin diagnosed two children with severe congenital neutropenia using mass spectrometry-based proteomics after typical sequencing had failed. Their study was published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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JLR: Almost like a Velcro ball


In a genetic study of the HDL proteome, a team from the Oregon Health and Sciences University showed that a complex mixture of heritable and environmental factors drives variation in protein makeup of HDL particles. The approach, described in the Journal of Lipid Research, may help unpack the lipoproteins’ puzzling relationship to cardiovascular mortality.

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JLR: Junior associate editors


The Journal of Lipid Research partners four assistant professors with senior editors so they can learn how to manage the peer-review process.

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From the journals


What structural features of a cortisol-producing enzyme could help in treating Cushing’s disease? Can melatonin be used to treat obesity? How does a gut pathogen evade antibiotic treatment? These and other questions are addressed in our roundup of papers published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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For April, it’s copper — atomic No. 29


In the fourth month of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, we focus on copper, atomic No. 29, the third most abundant metallic element in biological systems.

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Deceased members


The ASBMB learned this year about the deaths in the past year of the following members.
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