Immunology paper retracted because “documents were not archived with due diligence”
Here’s the notice:
We wish to retract the article titled “Transcription Factor Gfi1 Restricts B Cell-Mediated Autoimmunity” by Chozhavendan Rathinam, Hans Lassmann, Michael Mengel, and Christoph Klein, The Journal of Immunology, 2008, 181: 6222–6229.
Examination of original Western blot data revealed that primary Western blot documents were not archived with due diligence. As a consequence, doubts on proper representation and the identity of some control Western blot bands shown in Figs. 4E and 6C could not be unambiguously resolved.
The paper has been cited nine times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Corresponding author Christoph Klein — who won a major prize from the American Society of Hematology last year — hasn’t yet responded to our request for comment. We’ll update with anything we learn.
The authors wish to retract the article “Transcriptional repressor Gfi1 integrates cytokine-receptor signals controlling B-cell differentiation” by Chozhavendan Rathinam and Christoph Klein. PLoS ONE 2007, 2(3):e306.
After publication of the article, concerns were raised regarding the control bands in Figure 5A, and in particular, whether the bands represent total STAT5. Examination of the original Western blot data revealed that primary Western blot documents were not archived with due diligence. As a consequence, the doubts about the proper representation of the control bands in Figure 5A could not be unambiguously resolved. This course of action is in line with the recommendation issued by Hannover Medical School.