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New ASBMB members


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomed more than 100 new members in August.

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A year of (bio)chemical elements: That smell of sulfur


This month we focus on sulfur, a reactive nonmetallic element created inside massive stars as the product of nuclear fusion between silicon and helium.

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Bacterial invasion may explain recurrent UTIs


Kim Orth, Nicole DeNisco and a team  at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have found that a variety of bacteria and an increase in antibody-secreting B-cell lymphocytes correlate with recurrent urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women.

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JBC Classic: Snug as a bug in the mud


Two 1961 papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by Konrad Bloch, Howard Goldfine and colleagues reported that the anaerobic bacteria species clostridia produce unsaturated fatty acids via a route distinct from that in aerobic cells.

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JBC :Researchers clock DNA’s recovery time


Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar and colleagues found that DNA in noncancerous tissue damaged by the chemotherapy drug cisplatin is mostly good as new within two days. Their work was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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JLR: Lack of sleep affects fat metabolism


Healthy young men feel less satisfied after eating a high-fat meal, and the lipids are cleared faster from their blood, when the men were getting only five hours of sleep a night, according to a Penn State study published in the Journal of Lipid Research.

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MCP: This protein makes antibody drugs work


Could differences in post-translational modifications to a natural killer cell receptor affect how well antibody therapy works for different patients? Glycoscience researchers at Iowa State investigate in this paper published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.
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From the journals


What is mitochondria’s role in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease? What’s the best way to differentiate embryonic and mesenchymal stem cells to use MSCs in therapy? How do fatty acids reduce melanin in tumor cells? Researchers tackle 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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Lipid news: Phospholipids and innate immunity


Phospholipids provide the membranes that hold our cells together. Valerie O’Donnell at Cardiff University offers a look at how these diverse lipids and their metabolic products play a vital role in human health and disease.

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