The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (INT J BIOCHEM CELL B)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology publishes papers containing the results of original research in all areas of contemporary biochemistry. This includes biochemical studies employing techniques of cell and molecular biology and all areas of biomedical research. The journal also contains a regular series of up-to-the-minute reviews highlighting major developments in modern biochemistry written by internationally renowned experts in the field. Because of the breadth of subjects covered by the journal, the aim and significance of every study should be made clear to readers who are not expert in the subject of the paper. New to the journal is a section entitled 'Molecules in Focus' which each month will publish an article focusing on a topical molecule and highlighting its potential industrial and/or pharmaceutical applications.

Current impact factor: 4.05

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 4.046
2013 Impact Factor 4.24
2012 Impact Factor 4.152
2011 Impact Factor 4.634
2010 Impact Factor 4.956
2009 Impact Factor 4.887
2008 Impact Factor 4.178
2007 Impact Factor 4.009
2006 Impact Factor 4.804
2005 Impact Factor 3.871
2004 Impact Factor 3.578
2003 Impact Factor 3.571
2002 Impact Factor 3.044
2001 Impact Factor 3.258
2000 Impact Factor 2.91
1999 Impact Factor 2.556
1998 Impact Factor 1.585
1997 Impact Factor 1.229
1996 Impact Factor 1.124
1995 Impact Factor 1.059

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.37
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 0.67
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 1.35
Website International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, The website
Other titles International journal of biochemistry & cell biology (Online), International journal of biochemistry and cell biology, Int. j. biochem. cell biol
ISSN 1357-2725
OCLC 39284324
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • Author's post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 11/2016;
  • The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.09.001
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-1 receptor type I (IL-1RI) belongs to a superfamily of proteins characterized by an intracellular Toll/IL-1 receptor (TIR) domain. This domain harbors three conserved regions called boxes 1-3 that play crucial roles in mediating IL-1 responses. Boxes 1 and 2 are considered to be involved in binding of adapter molecules. Amino acids possibly crucial for IL-1RI signaling were predicted via homology models of the IL-1RI TIR domain based on the crystal structure of IL-1RAPL. The role of ten of these residues was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis and a functional luciferase assay reflecting NF-κB activity in transiently transfected Jurkat cells. In particular, the mutants E437K/D438K, E472A/E473A and S465A/S470A/S471A/E472A/E473A showed decreased and the mutant E437A/D438A increased IL-1 responsiveness compared to the mouse IL-1RI wild type. In conclusion, the αC' helix (Q469-E473 in mouse IL-1RI) is probably involved in heterotypic interactions of IL-1RI with IL-1RAcP or MyD88. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 08/2015; 68:15-20. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.08.009
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    ABSTRACT: A substantial body of evidence indicates that mitochondrial morphology and function change during osteogenic differentiation. However, molecular mechanisms linking mitochondrial dynamics with the regulation of osteoblast functions are poorly understood. Amongst the molecules that influence the decision of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) to become osteoblasts are Slug and NFATc1 transcription factors (TFs). These molecules also interfere with different mitochondria-dependent pathways in response to a variety of cellular demands. The present study investigated the recruitment of Slug and NFATc1 at the D-loop regulatory region of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in osteogenic differentiated hMSCs with the aim of exploring whether Slug and NFATc1 also act as mitoTFs in the mitochondrial pool of nuclear TFs. The results demonstrate that NFATc1, but not Slug, is localized in the mitochondria. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, we found that NFATc1 is recruited at mtDNA, but this occurs only when the calcification process is at its highest in osteo-induced MSC and the maximum level of differentiation is reached. Occupancy of the mtDNA by NFATc1 is associated with a decreased expression of crucial mitochondrial genes such as Cytochrome B and NADH dehydrogenase 1. This suggests that NFATc1 acts as a negative regulator of mtDNA transcription during the calcification process and interruption of aerobic energy demand. The finding of NFATc1 participation in osteogenic differentiation through its direct involvement in the regulatory machinery of mitochondria suggests a new role for this TF and adds information on communication between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 05/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The anti-transplant rejection drug cyclosporin A (CsA) causes loss of collagen homeostasis in rapidly remodeling connective tissues, such as human gingiva. As a result of CsA treatment, collagen degradation by fibroblasts is inhibited, which leads to a net increase of tissue collagen and gingival overgrowth. Since fibrillar collagen is the primary ligand for the discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1), we hypothesized that CsA perturbs DDR1-associated functions that affect collagen homeostasis. For these experiments, human fibroblasts obtained from gingival explants or mouse 3T3 fibroblasts (wild type, over-expressing DDR1 or DDR1 knockdown) or mouse GD25 cells (expressing DDR1 but null for β1 integrin), were treated with vehicle (dimethyl sulphoxide) or with CsA. The effect of CsA on cell binding to collagen was examined by flow cytometry; cell-mediated collagen remodeling was analyzed with contraction, compaction and migration assays. We found that CsA inhibited cell binding to collagen, internalization of collagen, contraction of collagen gels and cell migration over collagen in a DDR1-dependent manner. CsA also enhanced collagen compaction around cell extensions. Treatment with CsA strongly reduced surface levels of β1 integrins in wild type and DDR1 over-expressing 3T3 cells but did not affect β1 integrin activation or focal adhesion formation. We conclude that CsA inhibition of collagen remodeling is mediated through its effects on both DDR1 and cell surface levels of the β1 integrin. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 03/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.02.019
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    ABSTRACT: Liver diseases are closely associated with elevated levels of interleukin-8 (IL-8), suggesting the ability to inhibit IL-8 production could enhance the treatment of liver diseases. Paeoniflorin is a major active constituent of dried Paeoniae Radix Alba root (Baishao in Chinese) which is widely used in China to treat liver diseases. We examined the effects and underlying mechanisms of paeoniflorin on IL-8 production in primary human hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (HHSECs). Concanavalin A (ConA) at 20μg/mL produced a 5.2-fold increase in IL-8 mRNA by 8h, and a 14.2-fold rise in IL-8 levels by 16h. Inhibition of MEK (ERK kinase) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) by PD98059 and U0126, or inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) by LY294002 blocked both ConA-induced IL-8 mRNA expression and IL-8 secretion. Paeoniflorin reduced ConA-induced IL-8 mRNA expression and IL-8 release by 57.9% and 52.8%, respectively, and also decreased ConA-stimulated phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and Akt, suggesting paeoniflorin inhibits IL-8 expression and release by inhibiting the ERK1/2 and Akt pathways. Combining paeoniflorin with U0126 or LY294002 at low doses showed supra-additive inhibition of not only phospho-ERK1/2 and phospho-Akt by 46.4% and 35.0%, but also IL-8 release by 42.4% and 36.1% and IL-8 mRNA expression by 43.5% and 31.8%, respectively. In conclusion, paeoniflorin most likely contributes to the therapy for liver disease by exerting anti-inflammatory effects on HHSECs through blocking IL-8 secretion via downregulation of ERK1/2 and Akt phosphorylation. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 03/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.02.017
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    ABSTRACT: The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor delta (PPARδ) has been implicated in the modulation of vascular homeostasis. However, its roles in the apoptotic cell death of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that PPARδ modulates oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL)-induced apoptosis of VSMCs through the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) signaling pathways. Activation of PPARδ by GW501516, which is a specific ligand, significantly inhibited oxLDL-induced cell death and generation of reactive oxygen species in VSMCs. These inhibitory effects were significantly reversed in the presence of small interfering (si)RNA against PPARδ, or by blockade of the TGF-β or FAK signaling pathways. Furthermore, PPARδ-mediated recovery of FAK phosphorylation suppressed by oxLDL was reversed by SB431542, a specific ALK5 receptor inhibitor, indicating that a TGF-β/FAK signaling axis is involved in the action of PPARδ. Among the protein kinases activated by oxLDL, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase was suppressed by ligand-activated PPARδ. In addition, oxLDL-induced expression and translocation of pro-apoptotic or anti-apoptotic factors were markedly affected in the presence of GW501516. Those effects were reversed by PPARδ siRNA, or inhibitors of TGF-β or FAK, which also suggests that PPARδ exerts its anti-apoptotic effect via a TGF-β/FAK signaling axis. Taken together, these findings indicate that PPARδ plays an important role in the pathophysiology of disease associated with apoptosis of VSMC, such as atherosclerosis and restanosis. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 02/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.02.014
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    ABSTRACT: Insulin triggers glucose uptake into skeletal muscle and adipose tissues by gaining the available number of glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) on the cell surface. GLUT4-loaded vesicles are targeted to plasma membrane from the intracellular reservoir through multiple trafficking and fusion processes that are mainly regulated by Akt. However, it is still largely unknown how GLUT4 expression in the cell surface is promoted by insulin. In the present study, we identified tomosyn at Ser-783 as a possible Akt-substrate motif and examined whether the phosphorylation at Ser-783 is involved in the regulation of GLUT4 expression. Both Akt1 and Akt2 phosphorylated the wild-type tomosyn, but not the mutant tomosyn in which Ser-783 was replaced with Ala. Phosphorylation of tomosyn at Ser-783 was also observed in the intact cells by insulin stimulation, which was blocked by PI3K inhibitor, LY294002. In Vitro pull-down assay showed that phosphorylation of tomosyn at Ser-783 by Akt inhibited the interaction with syntaxin 4. Insulin stimulation increased GLUT4 in the cell surface of CHO-K1 cells to promote glucose uptake, however exogenous expression of the mutant tomosyn attenuated the increase by insulin. These results suggest that Ser-783 of tomosyn is a target of Akt and is implicated in the interaction with syntaxin 4. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 02/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.02.013
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    ABSTRACT: Enterovirus 71 (EV71) infections can cause hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), meningoencephalitis, neonatal sepsis, and even fatal encephalitis in children. Unfortunately, there is currently no effective treatment for EV71 infection due to the lacking of understanding viral replication and infection; and the viral infections have been emerged as an imperative global hazard. Thus, it is extremely important to understand the mechanism of EV71 replication in order to prevent and control the diseases associated EV71 infections. Early growth response-1 (EGR1) is a multifunctional transcription factor that regulates diverse biologic functions, including inflammation, apoptosis, differentiation, tumorigenesis, and even viral infection. Here, we provide new insight into the role of EV71 infection in regulating EGR1 production; and reveal a novel mechanism by which EGR1 facilitates EV71 replication. We demonstrate that EV71 activates EGR1 expression during infection by stimulating the protein kinase A/protein kinase Cɛ/phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt (PKA/PKCɛ/PI3K/Akt) cascade. We further reveal that EV71-activated EGR1, in turn, regulates the internal ribosomal entry site (IRES) of EV71 to enhance viral replication. In addition, EGR1 facilitates EV71 replication by binding directly to stem-loops I and IV of EV71 5'-untranslated region (5'UTR) with its first two zinc fingers. Moreover, EGR1 protein co-localizes with EV71 RNA in the cytoplasm of infected cells to facilitate viral replication. Our results reveal an important new role of EGR1 in viral infection, provide new insight into the novel mechanism underlying the regulation of EV71 replication, and suggest a potential application of EGR1 in the control of EV71 infection. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 02/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.biocel.2015.02.012