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IUBMB Journal Highlights | May 2024

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We are excited to highlight new research from the IUBMB Journals: IUBMB Life, BioFactors, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

Please also consider submitting your own research to the IUBMB Journals. You can expect to work with distinguished Editorial Board members and benefit from worldwide circulation and readership through our publishing partnership with Wiley. For more information about the journal and submissions, feel free to peruse the IUBMB journals website.

For now, please enjoy highlights of our recent content. Happy reading!
• Disease causing gene mutations
• Human Genetic Disorders
• Therapeutic strategies targeting disease-associated mutations


Issue Highlights

Addressing the impact of high glucose microenvironment on the immunosuppressive characteristics of human mesenchymal stem cells

Khasawneh RR, Abu-El-Rub E, Almahasneh FA, Alzu’bi A, Zegallai HM, Almazari RA, et al. IUBMB Life. 2024; 76(5): 286–295.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a therapeutically efficient type of stem cells validated by their ability to treat many inflammatory and chronic conditions. The biological and therapeutic characteristics of MSCs can be modified depending on the type of microenvironment at the site of transplantation. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a commonly diagnosed metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia, which alters over time the cellular and molecular functions of many cells and causes their damage. Hyperglycemia can also impact the success rate of MSCs transplantation; therefore, it is extremely significant to investigate the effect of high glucose on the biological and therapeutic attributes of MSCs, particularly their immunomodulatory abilities. In this study, the authors explored the effect of high glucose on the immunosuppressive characteristics of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hAD-MSCs).


  1. Special Issue on from DNA to protein: molecular mechanisms and tailored approaches to correct genetic defects associated with human disorders

    The special issue objective is to collect research manuscripts or review articles, providing new or summarizing available experimental evidence in cellular and/or in vivo models of disease on the identification and characterization of disease-causing molecular approaches. As well as approaches designed to correct gene mutations at different levels.

    Topics for this call for papers include but not restricted to:
    • Disease causing gene mutations
    • Human Genetic Disorders
    • Therapeutic strategies targeting disease-associated mutations

    Guest Editor: Alessio Branchini, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
    Deadline for Submissions: 31 October 2024

  2. Special Issue on Environmental Management and Biomedical Research

    This special issue aims to facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge scientific research that explores microbial-driven waste remediation strategies, delves into microbial community dynamics in waste environments, and investigates the potential of microbial systems in medical breakthroughs.

    Topics for this call for papers include but not restricted to:
    • Microbial-driven waste degradation mechanisms
    • Innovations in waste bioremediation techniques
    • Microbial interactions in diverse waste environments

    Guest Editor: Alessio Branchini, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
    Deadline for Submissions: 10 September 2024


New Associate Editors
Alexander Bürkle – University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Flavia Fontanesi – University of Miami, Miami, USA
Nesrin Kartal Ozer – Uskudar University, Istanbul, Turkiye

New Editorial Board Editors
Alexandra Newton – University of California San Diego, USA
Dario Alessi – University of Dundee, UK
Iqbal Parker – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Loredano Pollegioni – University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
Ilona Concha Grabinger – Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile
Lim Yang Mooi – Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
James Murphy – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Alessio Branchini – University of Ferrara, Italy

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Issue Highlights (Open Access)

BAG3 regulates cilia homeostasis of glioblastoma via its WW domain

Roth C, Paulini L, Hoffmann ME, Mosler T, Dikic I, Brunschweiger A, et al. BioFactors. 2024

The authors compared BAG3 protein–protein interactions in either adherently cultured or stem-like cultured U251 GBM cells, and in line with BAG3’s putative role in regulating stem-like properties, identified interactors in sphere-cultured cells included different stem cell markers (SOX2, OLIG2, and NES), while interactomes of adherent BAG3-proficient cells indicated a shift toward involvement of BAG3 in regulation of cilium assembly (ACTR3 and ARL3).

Insights into the antiosteoporotic mechanism of the soy-derived isoflavone genistein: Modulation of the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling

Mannino F, Imbesi C, Irrera N, Pallio G, Squadrito F, Bitto A. BioFactors. 2024; 50(2): 347-359

The aim of this study was to investigate whether estrogen receptor stimulation by genistein might promote osteoblast and osteocyte function during glucocorticoid challenge.

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Issue Highlights

Analysis of highly frequent point mutations in glycoprotein C, glycoprotein N, and nucleoprotein of CCHFV

Kaushal N, Baranwal M. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2024; 71: 280–294

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is classified among the top 10 priority pathogens by World Health Organization. CCHFV belongs to Bunyaviridae family and negative sense ssRNA genome composed of three RNA segments: L, M, and S. RNA viruses show higher mutation rate as compared to DNA viruses. This study is focused on evaluating eight mutations in structural glycoproteins (Gc: 7 and Gn: 1) of M segment and seven mutations in NP of S segment.

Improving the capturing ability of swirl-based microfluidic chip by introducing baffle wall

Dang Y, Zhang Q, Ou Z, Hu S. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2024; 71: 336-355

Microfluidics technology is promising in developing microparticle manipulation technology due to its nondestructive control and notable adaptability. The manipulation of microparticle based on swirling stagnation point is one of the feasible microfluidics biotechnologies. Aiming to improve the regulation and control of microparticle, baffle wall is introduced into the 2-microchannel flow field.

FTO-mediated ZNF687 accelerates tumor growth, metastasis, and angiogenesis in colorectal cancer through the Wnt/β-catenin pathway

Li J, Li S, Xing X, Liu N, Lai S, Liao D, et al. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2024; 71: 245-255

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common and lethal cancer. ZNF687 has been disclosed to take part in diversified cancers’ progression by serving as a facilitator. However, the detailed regulatory functions of ZNF687 in the CRC have not been investigated. This work is planned to probe the impacts of ZNF687 on CRC progression.

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Issue Highlights (Open Access)

When online citizen science meets teaching: Storyfication of a science discovery game to teach, learn, and contribute to genomic research

Drogaris C, Butyaev A, Nazarova E, Sarrazin-Gendron R, Patel H, Singh A, et al. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2024; 52(2): 145–155

In the last decade, video games became a common vehicle for citizen science initiatives in life science, allowing participants to contribute to real scientific data analysis while learning about it. Since 2010, the authors scientific discovery game (SDG) Phylo enlists participants in comparative genomic data analysis. It is frequently used as a learning tool, but the activities were difficult to aggregate to build a coherent teaching activity. Here, they describe a strategy and series of recipes to facilitate the integration of SDGs in courses and implement this approach in Phylo.

Embedding retrieval practice in undergraduate biochemistry teaching using PeerWise

Higgins T, Dudley E, Bodger O, Newton P, Francis N. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2024; 52(2): 156–164

Retrieval practice is an evidence-based approach to teaching; here, the authors evaluate the use of PeerWise for embedding retrieval practice into summative assessment.

Welcome New Editor-in-Chief!

University of Michigan-Dearborn MI, USA

Professor Marilee Benore, a STEM advocate, holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Delaware. She’s a teacher-scholar, researching vitamin transport and biochemistry education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. As an active member of the education community, she has served on numerous committees of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Her commitment to diversity and inclusion earned her awards, including ASBMB Fellow in 2023.

Thanks to a partnership our publisher Wiley has signed with Jisc, certain UK institutions now have full access to journals published by Wiley, including the IUBMB Journals. Further, the partnership enables authors at participating UK institutions to publish open access at no cost to them in the IUBMB Journals. Payment of the associated Article Publication Charges (APC) would be covered via the partnership, and authors will not need to cover the APCs from their own pockets.

Wiley has also signed similar agreements with universities in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, and with the US-based OhioLink And VIVA. A comprehensive list of our funder agreements can be found here.

Submit your research to the IUBMB Journals today.

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Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Volume 93 (October 2023) 101204

Advances in vaccine development for cancer prevention and treatment in Lynch Syndrome

Ana M. Bolivar, Fahriye Duzagac, Krishna M. Sinha, Eduardo Vilar

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Volume 3 (June 2024) 100033

Human serum albumin binds spike protein and protects cells from SARS-CoV-2 infection by modulating the RAS pathway

Romualdo Varricchio a 1, Giovanna De Simone a1, Gian Marco Vita a, Walter Nocera Cariola a, Maurizio Viscardi b, Sergio Brandi b, Gerardo Picazio b, Verena Zerbato c, Raffaella Koncan d e, Ludovica Segat d, Stefano Di Bella e, Giovanna Fusco b, Paolo Ascenzi a, Alessandra di Masi a

Congratulations to our IUBMB Fellows of October 2023

CONGRATULATIONS to our latest Wood Whelan Fellows from Argentina, Australia, Pakistan, and Ukraine, who have received fellowships to travel to a lab in a different country for 4 months. We wish them much success in their research!

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IUBMB Journal Highlights | March 2024

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Volume 50, Issue 1
High-fat diet induced obesity promotes inflammation, oxidative stress, and hepatotoxicity in female FVB/N mice

Malvin Ofosu-Boateng, Fathima Shaik, Sora Choi, Frederick A. Ekuban, Lidya H. Gebreyesus, Elizabeth Twum, Daniel O. Nnamani, Susan T. Yeyeodu, Nour Yakak, Daniel M. Collier, Maxwell A. Gyamfi  

Deciphering the role of Zn2+-binding histidines from TIA-1 on the assembly and dynamics of stress granules

Laura Corrales-Guerrero, Irene Díaz-Moreno


Volume 52, Volume 1
CUR(E)ating a new approach to study fungal effectors and enhance undergraduate education through authentic research

Gengtan Li, Mai McWilliams, Matheus Rodrigues, Benjamin Mearkle, Nader Jaafar, Vivek Golla, Houlin Yu, He Yang, Dilay Hazal Ayhan, Kelly Allen, Domingo Martínez-Soto, Amy Springer, Li-Jun Ma

Aspects of Molecular Medicine

Aspects of Molecular Medicine publishes open access research articles and short reviews on the molecular and cellular basis of disease.
The open access article publishing charge (APC) will be waived for all articles submitted by December 31, 2024.

Submit your paper today!

Congratulations to our IUBMB Plenary Lecturers of December 2023

Congratulations to Professor Freda Diane Miller from The University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, who will be presenting the IUBMB Plenary Lecture at the 67th Annual Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) Meeting, in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, from May 6 – 8, 2024 on “Understanding mammalian tissue repair and regeneration at the single cell level”.


Congratulations to Professor Johannes Herrmann from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, who will be presenting the IUBMB Plenary Lecture at the EMBO | FEBS Advanced Lecture Course: Membranes, Lipids and Proteins in Organelle Biogenesis, in Polokwane, ZA from May 26 – June 1, 2024 on “Distinct types of intramitochondrial protein aggregates protect mitochondria against proteotoxic stress”.


Congratulations to Professor Kiaran Kirk from the Australian National University, Australia, who will be presenting the IUBMB Plenary Lecture at the 2024 Congress of the South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in Polokwane, ZA from July 7 – 10, 2024 on “Humanity’s ongoing battle with infectious disease: Malaria as a case study”.


Congratulations to Professor Dr. Thomas Langer from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany, who will be presenting the IUBMB Plenary Lecture at the XLVII Annual Meeting of the Chilean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2024: Celebrating 50 years of our society in La Serena, Región de Coquimbo, Chile from September 30 – October 4, 2024, on “Proteolytic control of mitochondria in ageing and disease”.


Congratulations to Professor Raphael H. Valdivia from Duke University, USA, who will be presenting the IUBMB Plenary Lecture at the 60th Annual Congress of SAIB (Argentine Society for Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in Córdoba, Argentina, from October 5-8, 2024 on “Friend or foe? Akkermansia muciniphila a commensal bacterium and a next generation probiotic”. .

Congratulations to IUBMB Jubilee Award Lecturer of December 2023

Congratulations to Professor Jillian Banfield from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, who will be presenting the IUBMB Jubilee Award Lecture at the EMBO Workshop: Recoding and the diversity of genetic decoding in Bantry, Ireland, from May 13 – 18, 2024, on “Alternative genetic coding in phages in human microbiomes”. She is honored for her groundbreaking work on genetic recoding in bacteriophages.


Congratulations to Professor Tom Rapoport from Harvard Medical School/HHMI, USA, who will be presenting the IUBMB Jubilee Award Lecture at the EMBO | FEBS Lecture Course: Membranes, Lipids and Proteins in Organelle Biogenesis in Spetses, Greece, from May 26 – June 1, 2024, on “Mechanism of protein import into peroxisomes”. He is honored for his outstanding contributions in understanding mechanisms by which proteins are transported across membranes.

The Tatenda Murigo Scholarship

We lost Tatenda Murigo – but we do not lose hope. As a member of IUBMB Trainee Initiative, we will never forget her dedication and energy! And to memorialize it, we have set up a fellowship! Help us to set a sign for science in Africa right here.

Tatenda Murigo, wasn’t just a biochemistry undergraduate from Zimbabwe. She embodied hope for the African scientific community. 

A 23 year old girl who had a dream, a meaningful one. Changing the research landscape in Africa. She believed that science could deliver solutions for economic but also pressing societal problems.

As a science communicator, she faced many struggles because science in Africa is neither deeply appreciated by politicians nor the public —Missing funding and delayed access to crucial reagents hinder research. Despite this, Tatenda remained determined to bring change.

Tatenda also became a member of the IUBMB Trainee Initiative to further empower young African students because the IUBMB has been supporting scientific communities in developing countries for quite some time.

With combined forces, it seemed as if everything could be mastered.

But then, in July, we had to live through a dark day.

Tragically, her journey was cut short by a fatal car accident, leaving an irreplaceable void.

A void, but not an end. We keep on, for her.

According to her mantra: “Don’t be afraid to do anything – nothing is impossible”, we came up with a new idea – the Tatenda Murigo Fellowship.

In honor of Tatenda, this fellowship would be awarded to an outstanding female Biochemistry student in Zimbabwe. Covering tuition, accommodation, and the reagents African students often have to finance themselves. This gives someone the chance to do the same honors degree Tatenda was in.

And now, we say it out loud, we need your help!

Whether it is enough to provide lunch or to fund an entire set of reagents, your support makes a difference.

It is a symbol.

Tatenda left a legacy, she embodied the ethos of scientific pursuit—to make the world a better place. 

We are here together, to unravel truths, and to embrace the global community of scientists, to connect as a big family.

Congratulations to the 2023 ENABLE awardees

Congratulations to the 5 trainees from Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, who have received the IUBMB MilliporeSigma ENABLE-Africa Fellowships to attend the 2nd FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE 2023 Conference on THE EMERGING CHALLENGE: Environmental impacts on human health in Cologne, Germany. We wish them much success!


IUBMB Journal Highlights | November 2023

Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Volume 94 (December 2023) 101220
Understanding the complex genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying glaucoma

Weiwei Wang , Huaizhou Wang  

Volume 94 (December 2023) 101215
The changing epidemiology of fungal infections

Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Stephan Steixner

Aspects of Molecular Medicine

Aspects of Molecular Medicine LOW RES for overprint placement

Volume 2 (December 2023) 100023
Biomarkers in acute myeloid leukemia: From state of the art in risk classification to future challenges of RNA editing as disease predictor and therapy target

Alberto Quattrocchi a 1, Luca Vincenzo Cappelli b 1
Giovanna De Simone c, Elisabetta De Marinis a, Martina Gentile a, Tecla Gasperi c, Alessandro Pulsoni b d
Paolo Ascenzi c e, Clara Nervi a

Aspects of Molecular Medicine welcomes new research articles and short reviews on the molecular and cellular basis of disease. Submit your paper by 30 September 2024 and the open access publication fee will be waived.

Learn more on the journal website

Congratulations to Michael Healy

Congratulations to Michael Healy from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland, Australia, recipient of the IUBMB Whelan Young Investigator Award for his outstanding contributions to understanding the molecular function of the Commander endosomal trafficking and signalling protein complex.