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Two more Bulfone-Paus retraction notices appear

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The number of retraction notices of papers co-authored by Silvia Bulfone-Paus is up to eight.

The Journal of Leukocyte Biology, which was apparently the first to announce they had accepted a retraction, has published its notice:

The article, “ATP induces P2X7 receptor-independent cytokine and chemokine expression through P2X1 and P2X3 receptors in murine mast cells,” by Elena Bulanova, Vadim Budagian, Zane Orinska, Friedrich Koch-Nolte, Friedrich Haag, and Silvia Bulfone-Paus, which appeared in Volume 85, April 2009, of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology (doi: 10.1189/jlb.0808470) has been retracted at the request of Zane Orinska, Friedrich Koch-Nolte, Friedrich Haag, and Silvia Bulfone-Paus. The retraction was requested because of figure irregularities. All versions of the paper have been removed from the journal’s Web site.

The paper has been cited five times, according to the Thomson Scientific Web of Knowledge.

The FASEB Journal has also published its notice of the retraction of a 1999 paper by Bulfone-Paus’s group:

The article, “Death deflected: IL-15 inhibits TNF-N1-mediated apoptosis in fibroblasts by TRAF2 recruitment to the IL-15RN1 chain,” by Silvia Bulfone-Paus, Elena Bulanova, Thomas Pohl, Vadim Budagian, Horst Durkop, Rene Ruckert, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Ralf Paus, and Hans Krause, published in the September 1999 issue of The FASEB Journal (13:1575-85) has been retracted at the request of Silvia Bulfone-Paus, Thomas Pohl, Horst Durkop, Rene Ruckert, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Ralf Paus, and Hans Krause. The journal also received correspondence from Peter Zabel, Managing Director, Research Center Borstel, indicating that the corresponding author’s institution is aware of the retraction. The retraction was requested because of figure irregularities. All versions of the paper have been removed from the journal’s web site.

The paper has been cited 118 times.

Elena Bulanova and Vadim Budagian did not sign either of the notices. The Society for Leukocyte Biology, which publishes the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, is a member of FASEB, which of course publishes the FASEB Journal — and which may explain why the language in both notices is so similar. The language in the eight retraction notices published so far varies a great deal, as we’ve noted.

There are 12 papers whose retractions have been accepted by journals, according to Borstel, leaving four more notices yet to be published. One of those papers, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, has been marked “WITHDRAWN,” but there is no mention of retraction on the original abstract, nor is there a notice.

Hat tip: Karin Wiebauer

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  1. If you go to this FASEB Journal website and download the pdf file the first click gives you the retraction, but the second click gives you the original article which is not marked retracted.

    http://www.fasebj.org/content/13/12/1575.abstract?sid=2d0d2289-56b4-4474-9b66-03d2ff7f0198

    The FASEB statement “All versions of the paper have been removed from the journal’s web site” does not seem to be true.

    beatrice mueller

    February 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  2. Another Bulfone-Paus retraction published. This time MCB.

    http://mcb.asm.org/cgi/content/full/31/6/1330?view=long&pmid=21350113

    Molecular and Cellular Biology, March 2011, p. 1330, Vol. 31, No. 6.
    doi:10.1128/MCB.05019-11

    Wording:

    RETRACTION
    Soluble Axl Is Generated by ADAM10-Dependent Cleavage and
    Associates with Gas6 in Mouse Serum
    Vadim Budagian, Elena Bulanova, Zane Orinska, Erwin Duitman, Katja Brandt, Andreas Ludwig,
    Dieter Hartmann, Greg Lemke, Paul Saftig, and Silvia Bulfone-Paus
    Department of Immunology and Cell Biology, Research Center Borstel, D-23845 Borstel, and Institute of Biochemistry,
    Christian Albrechts University, D-24118 Kiel, Germany; Department of Human Genetics, KU Leuven, and
    Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB-4), B-3000 Leuven, Belgium; and
    Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies,
    San Diego, California 92186
    Volume 25, no. 21, p. 9324–9339, 2005. The publisher hereby retracts this article due to evidence of data manipulation in Fig.
    2C, 4B, and 9, a clear violation of ASM’s ethical standards.

    Clare Francis

    February 27, 2011 at 4:30 am


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