Alirio Melendez, the former National University of Singapore researcher who has already retracted two papers in the midst of an investigation into about 70 of his publications, has had a third retracted
Here’s the notice from the Journal of Cellular Physiology:
The following article from Journal of Cellular Physiology, ‘Sphingosine kinase 1 regulates pro-inflammatory responses triggered by TNFa in primary human monocytes’ by Liang Zhi, Bernard P. Leung and Alirio J. Melendez, published online on March 30, 2006, in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), and in Volume 208, pp. 109–115, has been retracted by the journal Editor in Chief, Dr. Gary S. Stein, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been made due to concern regarding duplication of Figure 2, panel A, in Journal of Cellular Physiology with Figure 2, panel A, in the following article: ‘Antisense Knockdown of Sphingosine Kinase 1 in Human Macrophages Inhibits C5a Receptor-Dependent Signal Transduction, Ca2þSignals, Enzyme Release, Cytokine Production, and Chemotaxis’ by Alirio J. Melendez and Farazeela Bte Mohd Ibrahim, Journal of Immunology, Volume 173, pp. 1596–1603.
The paper has been cited 41 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Hat tip: Clare Francis