2016 Biochemical Society Awards announced! Eleven distinguished scientists and exceptional early career researchers have been honoured in the Biochemical Society's annual Awards. The Awards recognize scientists for the excellence of their work, the profound impact their research has had and also highlight outstanding work by early career researchers. Find out more on the Biochemical Society website.

Latest Collection

microRNAs in health & disease: A collection of research papers and commissioned reviews on all aspects of microRNAs in indications ranging from non-small cell lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetic complications, skeletal muscle, kidneys, and stroke!

New Call For Papers

We invite the submission of original papers to one of the following Calls for Papers by the deadline of 30 November 2015:

  1. Post-translational modifications of proteins: clinical implications
  2. Mitochondria: biology and pathology
  3. Obesity and co-morbidities

Meeting Highlights

FEBS 2015: The Biochemical Basis of Life (July 4-9 2015)
FEBS 2015, the 40th FEBS Congress, will explore "The Biochemical Basis of Life". Topics covered include mechanisms of gene expression; membranes, receptors & bioenergetics; molecular neuroscience; and from chemical biology to molecular medicine.
More information available from the Biochemical Society website here.

Carbohydrate Active Enzymes in Medicine and Biotechnology (19-21st August 2015)
Carbohydrate active enzymes are ubiquitous in all kingdoms of life and vital in an abundance of cellular processes, including structural integrity, cell-cell/cell-pathogen interactions and protein folding. Topics include insights into carbohydrate active enzymes in medicine, and more information can be found here.

SPOTLIGHT

Mamoru Satoh, Yuji Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Tabuchi, Yoshitaka Minam, Makiko Tamada, Kan Takahashi Tomonori Itoh, Yoshihiro Morino and Motoyuki Nakamura

This review describes the molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of statins revealed in recently published studies. Endothelial cell injury is regarded as the classic stimulus for the development of atherosclerotic lesions. In addition, the inflammatory process plays an important role in the aetiology of atherosclerosis. In particular, chronic inflammation plays a key role in coronary artery plaque instability and subsequent occlusive thrombosis.
Previous reports have demonstrated beneficial effects of statins on endothelial dysfunction and chronic inflammation in coronary artery disease. A better understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying the effectiveness of statins against atherosclerosis may provide a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of coronary atherosclerosis.