Paper by Canada Research Chair retracted from journal he edits for blots “from unrelated samples”
Here’s the notice from Skeletal Muscle:
The authors would like to retract the article “MyoD-dependent regulation of NF-κB activity couples cell-cycle withdrawal to myogenic differentiation” . After the article was published, the first author revealed that the tubulin blots in Figures 1A, 3E, and 4A are from unrelated samples. The lead author and co-authors apologise to the readers, reviewers and editors for publishing this erroneous data.
The first author, Maura Parker, is now at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Neither she nor corresponding author Michael Rudnicki — who “holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics and is an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute” — have responded to our requests for comment. Rudnicki is also one of the three editors in chief of Skeletal Muscle. (Rudnicki’s auto-responder said he was unavailable until August 8.)
The work was supported by Rudnicki’s grants
from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Canada Research Chair Program, and by grants to [author Denis Guttridge of Ohio State] from the National Institutes of Health.
We’re not sure what prompted the retraction, but we do know that the pseudonymous Clare Francis contacted Ottawa officials in April with suspicions of data fabrication.