As we reported earlier this week, two journals have issued Expressions of Concern about papers by Milena Penkowa, who is under investigation for scientific misconduct and misuse of grants. Now we learn that the FASEB Journal has published a Notice of Concern about a third paper:
The editors of The FASEB Journal have been informed by Bente Klarlund Pedersen, MD, DMSc, Professor of Integrative Medicine, Director of Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism, Department of Infectious Diseases and CMRC Rigshospitalet at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark, of an ongoing investigation into the validity of the data contained in an article published in The FASEB Journal in 2003, which is part of a larger investigation involving other articles appearing in other journals. We await a final report from the investigating institution to learn the outcome of this investigation. The article is: Penkowa, M., Keller, C., Keller, P., Jauffred, S., and Pedersen, B. K. (2003) Immunohistochemical detection of interleukin-6 in human skeletal muscle fibers following exercise.
As with the other Expressions of Concern, neither the paper’s abstract nor PubMed entry links to the Notice of Concern, which we find unfortunate given how many readers are likely to find those instead of the notice.
The paper has been cited 69 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Hat tip: Pablo Garcia de Frutas