All but one of the authors of a study about the immune response to H. pylori have agreed to a retraction in The Journal of Immunology, due to two of the paper’s figures not being “faithfully represented.”
Authors of the 2006 paper said they were unable to provide the original unedited scans “due to inadequate archiving dating back almost 10 years.” The authors — with the exception of the first author, Sushil Kumar Pathak, apologized for the error.
The notice, which has been appended to the pdf, reads:
The following authors would like to retract the article titled “TLR4-Dependent NF-κB Activation and Mitogen- and Stress-Activated Protein Kinase 1-Triggered Phosphorylation Events Are Central to Helicobacter pylori Peptidyl Prolyl cis-, trans-Isomerase (HP0175)-Mediated Induction of IL-6 Release from Macrophages,” by Sushil Kumar Pathak, Sanchita Basu, Asima Bhattacharyya, Shresh Pathak, Anirban Banerjee, Joyoti Basu, and Manikuntala Kundu, The Journal of Immunology, 2006, 177: 7950–7958.
Some of the panels in the published versions of Figs. 5 and 6 have not been faithfully represented. Due to inadequate archiving dating back almost 10 years, the authors are unable to provide the original unedited scans. The authors would like to apologize to the readers, reviewers, and editors of The Journal of Immunology for this error. The first author does not agree to this retraction.
It has been cited 65 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
We asked the journal’s editor-in-chief Pamela Fink for more information but as we know from previous stories, JI only communicates with the corresponding author on “all issues involving corrections and retractions.”
We’ve reached out to Pathak and the paper’s corresponding author, Manikuntala Kundu. We’ll update the post if we hear back.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen
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