What Caught Our Attention: Two articles by different groups of authors recently suffered from the same (fatal) flaw: A poor literature review. The article, “Whole-Genome De Novo Sequencing of the Lignin-Degrading Wood Rot Fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium (ATCC 20696),” claimed to have sequenced a strain already sequenced in 2004 and published in a well-cited article. According to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, the 2004 article was cited 474 times before the now-retracted article was published. And that 2004 article appeared in a highly-cited journal, Nature Biotechnology.
The article, “Structure revision of aspergicin by the crystal structure of aspergicine, a co-occurring isomer produced by co-culture of two mangrove epiphytic fungi” claimed to have determined the crystal structure of aspergicine, which had already been reported in 2008 in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Although the 2008 article was only cited 37 times, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, like Nature Biotechnology, is also a highly cited journal.
Both seem like a good reminder to check — and then re-check — that you’ve done a proper literature review.
Journal: 1) Genome Announcements, 2) Journal of Organic Chemistry
Authors: 1) Chang-Young Hong, Su-Yeon Lee, Sun-Hwa Ryu, Sung-Suk Lee, Myungkil Kim
2) Feng Zhu, Jie-sen Li, Wu-cheng Xie, Jun-jun Shi, Feng Xu, Zhao-feng Song, Yi-lu Liu
Affiliations: 1) National Institute of Forest Science, South Korea 2) Foshan University, China
The publisher hereby retracts this manuscript. After the manuscript was published, it came to our attention that the sequence of the same strain was previously reported (1). We apologize to the readers of Genome Announcements and regret any inconvenience this causes.
(1)Martinez D, Larrondo LF, Putnam N, Sollewijn Gelpke MD, Huang K, Chapman J, Helfenbein KG, Ramaiya P, Detter JC, Larimer F, Coutinho PM, Henrissat B, Berka R, Cullen D, Rokhsar D. 2004. Genome sequence of the lignocellulose degrading fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium strain RP78. Nat Biotechnol 22:695–700. 10.1038/nbt967.
Subsequent to publication it has been determined that the crystal structure of aspergicine was previously reported as Circumdatin B in the following article:
Ryuhei Ookura, Keijiro Kito, Takshi Ooi, Michio Namikoshi & Takenori Kusumi, ‘Structure Revision of Circumdatins A and B, Benzodiazepine Alkaloids Producted by Marine Fungus Aspergillus ostianus, by X-ray Crystallography, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 73 (11), 4252 – 4247, DOI: 10.1021/jo800348d
Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: 1) Journal not indexed 2) Once
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