ASBMB elects officers


Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have elected two new officers and three council members, and the society’s committees have appointed new members and leaders.

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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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12 young scientists win PROLAB awards


These emerging researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay will receive travel grants to advance their work in laboratories in the United States and Canada.

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Wolfgang Karl Joklik (1926 — 2019)


Joklik, who died July 7, was a pioneering molecular virologist who studied mechanisms of expression of viral genetic information, the function of virus-encoded proteins, host responses to infection and the actions of anti-virals.

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New ASBMB members


We welcome more than 100 new members who joined the ASBMB in July.

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First tooth controls the rest


Yann Gibert, an associate professor of cell and molecular biology the University of Mississippi Medical Center, uses zebrafish to show how dental rows each start with one or two teeth that initiate a wave proximally and distally.

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JBC Classic: Peptides to the rescue


Martin Spiering talks to Daniel Drucker, senior author on a seminal 2003 paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that showed that signaling of the glucose regulator GLP-1R protects beta cells from cell death.

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JBC: New protein linked to Parkinson's


In the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a Japanese team writes about their finding that a protein called MITOL, not previously linked to Parkinson’s disease, may be involved in disrupting the destruction of damaged mitochondria.

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JBC launches early-career scientist program


With its Early-Career Reviewer Board, the Journal of Biological Chemistry offers postdocs and new investigators a structured path for developing peer-review skills and learning about the scholarly publishing process.

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MCP: Better samples, better science


Researchers at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University write in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics about a new test that uses an albumin biomarker to establish the integrity of frozen blood plasma and serum samples used in medical research.

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JLR virtual issue sheds light on lipoprotein (a)


“Lipoprotein (a): Many strides made, yet there is a long road ahead,” assembled by Gissette Reyes–Soffer, a Journal of Lipid Research junior associate editor, explores the status of Lp(a) research and showcases researchers who are advancing the field.

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Lipid news: Bacterial sphingolipids


Eric Klein’s lab at Rutgers University–Camden has shown that an aquatic bacterium responds to phosphate starvation by synthesizing a novel glycosphingolipid, demonstrating that lipid abundance can vary with growth conditions.

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From the journals


What’s the role of ECM proteins in heart regeneration? How can an acid be converted to boost biofuel production? How does the “many ceramides” hypothesis lead to new tools for studying sphingolipid metabolism? Read about these questions and more in our latest roundup of papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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(Bio)chemical element: Magnesium


This month, we focus in magnesium, with symbol Mg and atomic number 12, a reactive alkaline earth metal that is the ninth most abundant element in the known universe — and an important part of chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants green.

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