Controversy has surrounded several recent papers from Dr. Friedhelm Herrmann's laboratories in Berlin and Ulm, Germany. Following the discovery that some of the data in a paper appearing in 1996 in theJournal of Experimental Medicine were fabricated, suspicion over other papers from this group was raised. Subsequently, some, but not all, coauthors on many of the group's papers, including several published in BLOOD, have requested that their names be removed from the work(s). The authors' requests and our own review of the German Joint Commission's report on the matter have led the Editor to conclude that data was indeed falsified. As a result, the BLOODJournal regrets to inform its readers that the following publications have been retracted:

1
Gruss
H-J
Ulrich
D
Dower
SK
Herrmann
F
Brach
MA
Activation of Hodgkin cells via the CD30 receptor induces autocrine secretion of interleukin-6 engaging the NF-κB transcription factor.
Blood
87
1996
2443
2
Sott
C
Dorner
B
Karawajew
L
Herrmann
F
Brach
MA
Transforming growth factor-β relieves stem cell factor-induced proliferation of myelogenous leukemia cells through inhibition of binding of the transcription factor NF-jun.
Blood
84
1994
1950
3
Ahlers
A
Engel
K
Sott
C
Gaestel
M
Herrmann
F
Brach
MA
Interleukin-3 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor induce activation of the MAPKAP kinase 2 resulting in in vitro serine phosphorylation of the small heat shock protein (Hsp27).
Blood
83
1994
1791
4
Gruss
H-J
Brach
MA
Herrmann
F
Involvement of nuclear factor-κB in induction of the interleukin-6 gene by leukemia inhibitory factor.
Blood
80
1992
2563
5
Brach
MA
Bühring
H-J
Gruß
H-J
Ashman
LK
Ludwig
W-D
Mertelsmann
RH
Herrmann
F
Functional expression of c-kit by acute myelogenous leukemia blasts is enhanced by tumor necrosis factor-α through posttranscriptional mRNA stabilization by a labile protein.
Blood
80
1992
1224
6
Oster
W
Brach
MA
Gruss
H-J
Mertelsmann
R
Herrmann
F
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) expression in human blood mononuclear phagocytes is differentially regulated by granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), M-CSF, and IL-3.
Blood
79
1992
1260
7
Brach
MA
Herrmann
F
Kufe
DW
Activation of the AP-1 transcription factor by arabinofuranosylcytosine in myeloid leukemia cells.
Blood
79
1992
728
8
Hermann
F
Andreeff
M
Gruss
H-J
Brach
MA
Lübbert
M
Mertelsmann
R
Interleukin-4 inhibits growth of multiple myelomas by suppressing interleukin-6 expression.
Blood
78
1991
2070