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Shigeaki Kato notches retractions 16 and 17, in PNAS

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katoShigeaki Kato has two more retractions, both in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Here’s one of the notices:

Retraction for “Distinct function of 2 chromatin remodeling complexes that share a common subunit, Williams syndrome transcription factor (WSTF),” by Kimihiro Yoshimura, Hirochika Kitagawa, Ryoji Fujiki, Masahiko Tanabe, Shinichiro Takezawa, Ichiro Takada, Ikuko Yamaoka, Masayoshi Yonezawa, Takeshi Kondo, Yoshiyuki Furutani, Hisato Yagi, Shin Yoshinaga, Takeyoshi Masuda, Toru Fukuda, Yoko Yamamoto, Kanae Ebihara, Dean Y. Li, Rumiko Matsuoka, Jun K. Takeuchi, Takahiro Matsumoto, and Shigeaki Kato, which appeared in issue 23, June 9, 2009, of Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (106:9280–9285; first published May 26, 2009; 10.1073/pnas.0901184106).

The authors note, “Recently it has come to our attention that Fig. 3D contained inappropriate data arrangements and manipulations. To avoid further confusion to the related scientific community, we hereby retract this report. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience from this outcome. All of the authors agreed with the retraction.”

The paper has been cited 25 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

And here’s the other, for a paper cited 8 times:

Retraction for “Testis-specific protein on Y chromosome (TSPY) represses the activity of the androgen receptor in androgen-dependent testicular germ-cell tumors,” by Chihiro Akimoto, Takashi Ueda, Kazuki Inoue, Ikuko Yamaoka, Matomo Sakari, Wataru Obara, Tomoaki Fujioka, Akira Nagahara, Norio Nonomura, Syuichi Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Tsuneharu Miki, Takahiro Matsumoto, Hirochika Kitagawa, and Shigeaki Kato, which appeared in issue 46, November 16, 2010, of Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (107:19891–19896; first published November 1, 2010; 10.1073/pnas.1010307107).

The authors wish to note, “Recently it has come to our attention that inappropriate data arrangements and manipulations were made in Figs. 1, 2C, S4A, S4B, and 5. To avoid further confusion to the related scientific community, we hereby retract this report. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience from this outcome. All of the authors agree with the retraction.”

A panel at the University of Tokyo, from which Kato resigned in 2012, recommended that 43 of his papers be retracted.

Hat tip: Tim D. Smith

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Written by Ivan Oransky

January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

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  1. It is 2014 and we have 17 out of 43 retracted. The process seems to be a lot slower than publication?

    ferniglab

    January 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  2. He has a retraction in this week’s issue of Nature:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7484/full/nature12896.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140123

    Reading the notice it appears image manipulation is again the reason.

    Mito

    January 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  3. Anonymous crystallographer

    January 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  4. I had to laugh at the title of this article. It seems to indicate that the story is not actually about PNAS retracting two of Shigeaki Kato’s papers, but rather about Shigeaki Kato just now noticing that his papers have been retracted.

    Matt

    January 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    • Fixed that typo “notices” for “notches” — thanks!

      ivanoransky

      January 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm


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