September 2010

Historical Perspectives: The JBC Publishes New Classics and Reflections Collections


A look at the new Journal of Biological Chemistry Historical Perspectives collection, which contains Classics and Reflection articles grouped around specific topics.


Historical-PerspectivesThe Journal of Biological Chemistry is proud to offer a new set of free classroom tools based on the popular Classics and Reflections articles. The “Historical Perspectives” are edited collections grouped around specific topics, such as protein synthesis, lipids and metabolism.

The collections include new introductions from the editors. The JBC Classics shed light on the events and experiments that led to many of the important discoveries published in the journal since its founding in 1905. The Reflection articles are authored by biochemists whose contributions have helped mark the many advances in biochemistry and molecular biology and give great insight into the personal and professional lives of groundbreaking scientists.

The Historical Perspectives present the staples of biochemistry and molecular biology classes in a new light and make it easier to learn and teach about these subjects and how they advanced throughout the years.

Currently, there are three Historical Perspectives available on the JBC website: “Lipid Biochemistry,” “Glycobiology and Carbohydrates” and “Bioenergetics.” Each collection can be downloaded as a single PDF, or individual articles from the collections can be downloaded by themselves.

Historical Perspectives on Lipids

The lipid collection contains articles that fall into two general categories— lipid biosynthesis and lipid signaling— and covers research ranging from Horace A. Barker and Earl R. Stadtman’s 1949 JBC paper that examined the synthesis of short-chain fatty acids, to Nobel laureates Sune Bergström and Bengt Samuelson’s papers in the 1960s on the biosynthesis and structure of several prostaglandins.


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