Friday, October 7, 2016

Read October INFORM! Articles on cannabis analytics, ionic liquids, lab proficiency winners, and more

Like it or not, increasing legalization of adult recreational and medical cannabis has created a need for robust and reliable analytical testing to protect consumers. The October issue of Inform magazine includes a review of cannabis analytics, as well as feature articles on modeling and simulation studies that optimize deodorization, best practices for cleaning oxidative-stability-index equipment, ionic liquids in flow applications, hot new flavor trends in Latin America, and a listing of AOCS laboratory proficiency winners. Read the entire issue and share articles with colleagues.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free download: Review explores fatty acid binding protein and influence on liver lipid metabolism

A recent paper published in Lipids by a group led by Friedhelm Schroeder at Texas A & M University demonstrates deletion of liver fatty acid binding protein (FABP1) does not impact brain endocannabinoid levels in female mice (Lipids 51:1007-1020).  This is critically important as this group has identified that brain endocannabinoids and arachidonic acid mass are both increased in male mice in which FABP1 is deleted (J. Neurochemistry 138:407-422).  Further, this group recently reported that FABP1 is a novel endocannabinoid binding protein (Biochemistry 2016 In Press).  These observations are critically important as it links liver FABP1 to the modulation of brain signaling molecules involved in satiety and in pain sensation.  Further, the potential link between an FABP1 polymorphism in humans to brain endocannabinoid function adds tremendous clinical relevance as does the potential for differences in metabolism that are gender specific.  For more about the FABP1 T94A mutation and its influence on liver lipid metabolism, see the recent review in Lipids (Lipids 51:655-676). The review article is available for a free download until November 11, 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Open access: Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications

The AOCS Lipid Library now includes the free article, "Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications," authored by Molly J. Sproston, Ebenezer A. Ifeduba, and Casimir C. Akoh, from the Food Science Department at the University of Georgia. This educationally-focused article describes what structured lipids are; how they are produced; and their nutritional and functional benefits. It also includes several figures in addition to a chart that provides an overview of various structured lipids.     

Friday, September 9, 2016

September Inform includes 2016 Annual Meeting Session Highlights

Advances in hard surface cleaning; algal butter vs. shea stearin as cocoa butter equivalents; the functionality and stability of monounsaturated vs. polyunsaturated oils in baking, frying, and confectionary; and polyphenol-coated active packaging films that control lipid oxidation in oil-in-water emulsions are just some of the fascinating topics summarized in Inform magazine’s review of the best science presented at the 2016 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. The September issue also includes articles about the storage stability of nuts, including a fun quiz, phase change materials, CLA-rich cheeses from Uruguay, and replacing PHO in doughnuts. Follow this link to the September issue.

Start preparing for the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting by viewing the Call for Abstracts, including Hot Topic symposium presentations and more. Abstract reviews begin November 1, so submit your abstract soon!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lipid Library Seeks New Editor-in-Chief - Applications due Sept. 15, 2016

The AOCS Lipid Library is one of the leading online sources of information related to lipid science and technology today. This Open Access site, averaging nearly 300,000 visitors each year, is intended for students, technologists, scientists, and laypersons who want to learn more about lipid chemistry and technology, but in a less-technical, abbreviated format that is easy to read and understand.

The Editor-in-Chief sets the overall direction of the Lipid Library and works closely with an editorial board to identify new topics, potential authors, and works to keep the site up-to-date with the latest technical information. Topics of interest include biochemistry, chemistry, processing, and biotechnology. The EIC, in conjunction with associate editors, solicits new articles, assists in editing, and helps oversee and maintain quality standards. The site is managed and supported by AOCS. Currently, Lipid Library is overseen by two EICs, and these EICs will provide training and support for the next leader(s) for a short period of time, if desired.

For consideration, please send an email to AOCS Director of Content Development, Janet Brown (, with a letter of intent that includes your interest in and vision for the position, by September 15, 2016. If you have questions about the work, please reach out to the current EICs, John Harwood and Randall Weselake. This is a volunteer position and regular attendance at the AOCS Annual Meeting is strongly recommended. Thank you for your consideration!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Free download of ten top-cited JSD articles for a limited time

Through September 30, 2016, the ten top-cited Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) articles from 2015 are available for a free download. Thank you to the JSD editorial team and congratulations to the authors of these papers.  



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free download until Sept. 10! Northern Great Plains Lipid Conference articles in Lipids

This topical collection in Lipids from the 2015 Northern Great Plains Lipid Conference (NGPLC) is featured on a Springer Chemistry Special Issues site. All articles are now available for a free download until September 10, 2016. Some of the papers are full research articles, while others are timely, topical reviews focused on lipid biochemistry and metabolism. Lipids plans to publish papers from the 2016 NGPLC in mid-2017. Many AOCS members and meeting presenters have contributed to the new conference, as explained in this editorial.