IUBMB Journal Highlights | May 2023

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Special Issue: Volume 75, Issue 5IUBMB Vol 75 No 5

Issue Highlights

A standardised nomenclature for long non-coding RNAs

Ruth L. Seal, Susan Tweedie, Elspeth A. Bruford

First published: 26 July 2023

The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) is the sole group with the authority to approve symbols for human genes, including long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) genes. Use of approved symbols ensures that publications and biomedical databases are easily searchable and reduces the risks of confusion that can be caused by using the same symbol to refer to different genes or using many different symbols for the same gene. Here, we describe how the HGNC names lncRNA genes and review the nomenclature of the seven lncRNA genes most mentioned in the scientific literature.


Resistance to prostate cancer treatments

Werner Krause

First published: 17 August 2023

A review of the current treatment options for prostate cancer and the formation of resistance to these regimens has been compiled including primary, acquired, and cross-resistance. The diversification of the pathways involved and the escape routes the tumor is utilizing have been addressed. Whereas early stages of tumor can be cured, there is no treatment available after a point of no return has been reached, leaving palliative treatment as the only option. The major reasons for this outcome are the heterogeneity of tumors, both inter- and intra-individually and the nearly endless number of escape routes, which the tumor can select to overcome the effects of treatment. This means that more focus should be applied to the individualization of both diagnosis and therapy of prostate cancer. In addition to current treatment options, novel drugs and ongoing clinical trials have been addressed in this review.



Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

Volume 51, Issue 3

Issue Highlights

Examination performance with flipped classroom as instructional strategy in the carbohydrate metabolism course unit at a Philippine medical school: Estimation of average treatment effect from observational data

Michael Van Haute, Jan David Monzon

First published: 06 May 2023

While the innovativeness of the flipped classroom (FC) approach promotes active participation and higher-order thinking among students, there are concerns about its effectiveness in terms of knowledge retention. Currently, there are no studies involving medical school biochemistry that evaluate this aspect of effectiveness. Thus, we conducted a historical control study that analyzed observational data from two freshman batches of the Doctor of Medicine program in our institution. Class 2021 (n = 250) served as the traditional lecture (TL) group while Class 2022 (n = 264) served as the FC group. Data on relevant observed covariates (age, sex, National Medical Admission Test or NMAT score, undergraduate degree) and the outcome variable (carbohydrate metabolism course unit examination percentage scores, as indicator of knowledge retention) were included in the analysis. Propensity scores were calculated using logit regression conditional on these observed covariates. Afterwards, 1:1 nearest-neighbor propensity score matching (PSM) was performed to produce an estimated average treatment effect (ATE) measure afforded by FC (as adjusted mean difference in examination scores between the two batches), balancing on the covariates. Nearest-neighbor matching using the calculated propensity scores effectively balanced the two groups (standardized bias <10%), producing 250 matched student-pairs that received either TL or FC. Following PSM, the FC group was found to have a significantly higher adjusted mean examination score compared to the TL group (adjusted mean difference = 5.62%, 95% CI: 2.54%, 8.72%; p < 0.001). Using this approach, we were able to demonstrate benefit of FC over TL in terms of knowledge retention, as reflected by the estimated ATE.




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Molecular Aspects of Medicine

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Volume 92 (August 2023) 101183
Vaccination against Helicobacter pylori – An approach for cancer prevention?

by Verena Friedrich, Markus Gerhard


Volume 91 (June 2023) 101108
In vitro high-content tissue models to address precision medicine challenges. Samson Afewerki

by Samson Afewerki, Thiago Domingues Stocco, André Diniz Rosa da Silva, André Sales Aguiar Furtado, Gustavo Fernandes de Sousa, Guillermo U. Ruiz-Esparza, Thomas J. Webster, Fernanda R. Marciano, Maria Strømme, Yu Shrike Zhang, Anderson Oliveira Lobo


Aspects of Molecular Medicine

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Volume 1 (2023) 100005
Advances in RNA cancer therapeutics: New insight into exosomes as miRNA delivery

by Luca Volpini, Federica Monaco, Lory Santarelli, Jiri Neuzil, Marco Tomasetti

Volume 1 (2023) 100006
TTV and other anelloviruses: The astonishingly wide spread of a viral infection

by Pietro Giorgio Spezia, Daniele Focosi, Andreina Baj, Federica Novazzi, Francesca Drago Ferrante, Fabrizio Carletti, Claudia Minosse, Giulia Matusali, Fabrizio Maggi


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