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50th Anniversary

Last updated:
29 November 2017
In 2018, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of FEBS Letters! In its year of launch, FEBS Letters featured only 144 articles. Since then, the journal has grown considerably and has witnessed the publication of several landmark papers. To mark the occasion, we have collected 50 excellent FEBS Letters articles in a Virtual Issue of historical value. We invite you to explore the past, present, and future of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by taking a closer look at our collection. We hope you enjoy it, and are looking forward to receiving further excellent articles in the near future!

Chronobiology Of Metabolism

Last updated:
4 October 2017
Inspired by the recent news of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine presented to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young ''for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controling the circadian rhythm'', the FEBS Letters editorial team is pleased to present a Virtual Issue on the Chronobiology of Metabolism.

The Circadian Clock is ticking to synchronize all biological processes around the day and night rhythm. Metabolic functions are inherently linked to circadian rhythm, and disruptions in the clockwork have been associated with metabolic dysfunction and disease. In this Virtual Issue, we have put together Research Articles shedding light onto all different aspects of the Chronobiology of Metabolism.

We open this colection with articles about how the Circadian Clock is interlinked with Diabetes and Obesity. We then present severa articles on circadian regulation in the liver, followed by some studies providing insights onto how Circadian Clock genes may link metabolism to heart physiology. Finall, we present some Research Articles on the interplay between cellular metabolism and the Circadian Clock.

We hope you enjoy this collection and invite you to further enrich it by submitting relevant experimental data to FEBS Letters.

The Microbiology Collection

Last updated:
23 June 2017
Microbiology reaches to the foundations of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pathology and Infection Biology. Countless fundamental insights into molecular processes in microorganisms have advanced our understanding of basic mechanisms of life: from the discovery of mRNA via the characterization of restriction enzymes to the most recent translation of molecular mechanisms of bacterial immunity into an elegant and efficient gene editing system in Eukaryotes. Thus, basic research in Microbiology holds promise for swiflty translating mechanistic insight into medical application.

On the occasion of the 2017 FEMS Congress we have put together a collection of select Research Letters and Review articles that were recently published in FEBS Letters and relate to several aspects of Microbiological Research. We have classified the articles based on the topics of some FEMS Congress sessions, including bacterial persistence and toxin-antitoxins; cell-cell communication, signalling and quorum; chemotaxis; genome stability; microbial metabolism; virology; and yeasts in action.

Your work too might be well suited to our Microbiology collection! Every study reporting novel molecular insights within the ever-growing Microbiology field is highly welcome to be considered for publication in FEBS Letters. We look forward to handling your submission through a fair, fast and thorough process.

Skeletal Muscle Biology

Last updated:
7 February 2017
Skeletal muscle biology has multiple aspects, spanning from mechanotransduction and mass control at the cellular level to force generation and the regulation of metabolism at the systemic level. Insights into skeletal muscle biology have promoted knowledge about physiological states (metabolism, tissue injury and repair, longevity and ageing) and disease (muscular dystrophy, cancer-associated cachexia, or even diabetes). These diverse aspects will be discussed at the 2017 meeting on Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health and Disease that will take place from March 8-10 at the University of Florida. We have collected selected FEBS Letters publications that might be of interest to conference participants and those who will not be able to attend alike. We hope that you will enjoy this Virtual Issue and invite you to submit related work to our journal.

The 26th tRNA Conference Virtual Issue

Last updated:
18 October 2016

On the occasion of the 26th tRNA Conference, that will take place from September 4–8 in Jeju Island, Korea, we are delighted to present a virtual issue with tRNA-related content. The specially-selected Research Letters, Hypothesis and Review articles have all been recently published  in FEBS Letters and cover several intriguing aspects of the latest tRNA-associated research. We hope that this collection will prove a useful tool for tRNA lovers, and will trigger interesting discussions at the 26th tRNA Conference and beyond.


Last updated:
18 October 2016

Our new Virtual Issue on Metabolism features hot Research Letters and Reviews on all kinds of metabolic tricks and treats. Enjoy our freely-available Reviews on Metabolism and Cancer, or on Pathogen Metabolism, and discover the latest Research findings on Amino-acid Metabolism, Lipid Metabolism and more.

Do you wish to see your work also listed here? Submit to FEBS Letters now, and we are ready to... metabolize it!

Autophagy: The 2016 Nobel Prize

Last updated:
4 October 2016
FEBS Letters congratulates Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi on winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking research on the molecular mechanisms underlying autophagy in yeast. In an outstanding FEBS Letters article from 1993, Ohsumi reported the isolation of 15 mutants with defective accumulation of autophagic bodies under conditions of starvation. The mutants indicated that at least 15 independent genes encoded components of the autophagic machinery in yeast. Following this pioneering study, the proteins encoded by these genes were functionally characterized.

Autophagy is now known to be a very important physiological process involved in the cellular response to stress and infection, and to play a role in development and aging. Defects in the autophagic pathway have been linked to cancer, Parkinson's disease and diabetes, as well as other genetic diseases.

FEBS Letters is proud to have had the honor of publishing the above-mentioned paper, as well as many other excellent articles by Prof. Ohsumi, and to have contributed to the dissemination of Nobel Prize-worthy science. In a gesture of recognition of this outstanding work, we have collected under this Virtual Issue all autophagy-related articles contributed to FEBS Letters by Prof. Ohsumi and his colleagues.