March 2010
 

[ASBMB] Did You Know?


Ninety-seven American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members have been the recipients of Nobel Prizes.

 

For more information about ASBMB Nobel laureates, go to the ASBMB history site.

 

[JBC] A Novel Neurotoxin


Structural and Functional Characterization of a Novel Homodimeric Three-finger Neurotoxin from the Venom of Ophiophagus hannah (King cobra)

Amrita Roy, Xingding Zhou, Ming Zhi Chong, Dieter D’hoedt, Chun Shin Foo, Nandhakishore Rajagopalan, Selvanayagam Nirthanan, Daniel Bertrand, J. Sivaraman and R. Manjunatha Kini

J. Biol. Chem., published online Jan. 13, 2010 

 

[JLR] A Little DHA Goes a Long Way


Dietary Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation Alters Select Physiological Endocannabinoid-system Metabolites in Brain and Plasma

JodiAnne T. Wood, John S. Williams, Lakshmipathi Pandarinathan, David R. Janero, Carol J. Lammi-Keefe and Alexandros Makriyannis 

J. Lipid Res., published online Jan. 13, 2010
 

[MCP] Exploring Cerebrospinal Fluid


In-depth Exploration of Cerebrospinal Fluid by Combining Peptide Ligand Library Treatment and Label-free Protein Quantification

Emmanuelle Mouton-Barbosa, Florence Roux-Dalvai, David Bouyssié, François Berger, Eric Schmidt, Pier Giorgio Righetti, Luc Guerrier, Egisto Boschetti, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Bernard Monsarrat and Anne Gonzalez de Peredo

Mol. Cell. Proteomics, published online Jan. 21, 2010
 

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind


BY SHAWN R. DREW 

More than a century ago, Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” By this he meant that sudden flashes of insight don’t just happen— they are the products of preparation. Preparation, therefore, is the key to a successful and fulfilling scientific career.

 

Mentoring is a primary responsibility


BY PHILLIP ORTIZ 

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Minority Affairs Committee has several missions. One of them is fostering the development of scientists.

 

Systems Biology for Biochemists Merging the Experimental and Theoretical


BY VALERIE DE CRECY LAGARD AND ALEXANDRE V. MOROZOV 

Lagard In October 2009, approximately 60 scientists met for the first “Systems Biology for Biochemists” American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Special Symposium at Granlibakken resort in Lake Tahoe.

 

Teaching “From Proposal to Publication”


BY J. ELLIS BELL 

In the past four or five years, there has been much talk about “teaching science the way you do science.” Many scientific societies have included sessions about this in their annual meetings, but little has been written about how to translate this approach into formal courses.

 

The Unmasking of Plasmalogens: Chlorinated Lipids


BY DAVID A. FORD 

Cells of the innate immune system can be compared to cannons poised to release a diverse arsenal of oxidants that kill invading organisms but can frequently cause collateral damage through the oxidation of host cell molecules, including lipids.

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