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Jonathan Griffin

Jonathan Griffin
Jonathan Griffin is a science communicator for all ASBMB journals. Follow him on Twitter.

Articles by Jonathan Griffin

From the journals: JBC
Journal News

From the journals: JBC

1/3/2020
Articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry investigate immune receptor binding; barrel-shaped organelles called vaults; de novo dNTP synthesis; and a specific SNARE inhibitor.
JBC: Paving the way for disease-resistant rice
Journal News

JBC: Paving the way for disease-resistant rice

12/1/2019
Scientists have found that a rice immune receptor triggers reactions in response to fungal proteins, a first step toward using gene editing to prevent the crop destruction caused by rice blast disease.
From the journals: December 2019
Journal News

From the journals: December 2019

12/1/2019
Chasing the structure of a histone’s N-terminus tail. Highlighting the role of lipids in mediating endoplasmic reticulum structure. Defining the components of a bacteria’s biofilm matrix. Researchers tackle these tasks and more in our latest roundup…
From the journals: November 2019
Journal News

From the journals: November 2019

11/1/2019
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 …
JBC: Researchers clock DNA’s recovery time
Journal News

JBC: Researchers clock DNA’s recovery time

11/1/2019
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.
JLR: Virtual issue sheds light on a key risk factor for heart disease
Journal News

JLR: Virtual issue sheds light on a key risk factor for heart disease

10/1/2019
“Lipoprotein (a): Many strides made, yet there is a long road ahead” is a virtual issue of the Journal of Lipid Research assembled by Gissette Reyes–Soffer.
From the journals: October 2019
Journal News

From the journals: October 2019

10/1/2019
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.
From the journals: September 2019
Journal News

From the journals: September 2019

9/1/2019
A protein that could bring us closer to fertilizer-free farming. A link between cholesterol efflux in cerebral spinal fluid and Alzheimer’s. A protein that causes prostate tumor cells to thrive. Read these research highlights and more.
JBC: Starving triple-negative breast cancer slows growth
Journal News

JBC: Starving triple-negative breast cancer slows growth

9/1/2019
In a new study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers demonstrate that in addition to glutamine, a well-known cancer food source, TNBC cells can use fatty acids to grow and survive.
From the journals: August 2019
Journal News

From the journals: August 2019

8/1/2019
Curbing the neurotoxic effects of beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s. Using proteomics to find targets to treat leishmaniasis, a sometimes-deadly parasitic disease. Turning white fat cells brite to treat obesity. Read about this work and more.
JBC: A promiscuous inhibitor uncovers cancer drug targets
Journal News

JBC: A promiscuous inhibitor uncovers cancer drug targets

8/1/2019
To pinpoint which kinase targets are most therapeutically relevant in cancer cells, researchers in Boston write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that they used a new method exploiting the multitargeted nature of a chemical inhibitor.
UV Safety Month
Health Observance

UV Safety Month

7/1/2019
July is UV Safety Month. See a collection of recent papers (except for one very cool one we just had to include at the end) related to UV light and published in ASBMB journals.
From the journals: June/July 2019
Journal News

From the journals: June/July 2019

6/1/2019
Tackling an incurable blood cancer. Sharpening an arthritis drug’s aim. Preventing atherosclerosis. Read about this work and more in our latest roundup.
JBC: Outfitting T cell receptors for special combat
Journal News

JBC: Outfitting T cell receptors for special combat

6/1/2019
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have engineered T cell receptors that float freely in the body like antibodies, then bind tightly to cells infected with cytomegalovirus, they write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
From the journals: May 2019
Journal News

From the journals: May 2019

5/1/2019
Volatile organic compounds released by herbivore-infested plants. Protein phosphorylation in sperm development. Sphingosine in mitochondrial dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Read about these and other papers in ASBMB journals.
From the journals: April 2019
Journal News

From the journals: April 2019

4/1/2019
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.