I have always been fascinated by proteins, and in the course of my post-doctoral research, I began to study the process known as “endocytic recycling”.
In simple terms, protein receptors sitting on the cell membrane frequently are bound by an extracellular ligand, which often “activates” the receptor and sets off a cascade of events within the cell. In addition, the receptor and ligand are taken up into the cell.
Recycling is the reverse process, whereby this receptor is returned to the cell membrane, where it can again undergo activation.
When I began to receive job interviews for a faculty position some years ago, I searched for some way to highlight the biological/physiological significance of “recycling”.
My search on PubMed elicited the following paper:
J Forensic Sci. 2002 Sep;47(5):1065-6.
Death by compaction in a garbage truck.
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA.
We report on two deaths by compaction in a garbage truck that recently occurred in this county. In both cases, the victim apparently climbed into a recycling dumpster to sleep, and was emptied with the contents of the receptacle into a garbage truck. Subsequent compaction of the victim with the load led to death. We also discuss several similar fatalities that have been reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
PMID: 12353548 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Although I did get several job offers, I can’t help thinking that had it not been for my warped sense of humor, I might have received even more offers.
And now for my “Karmic Spam Revenge”: Here is an e-mail that I received just yesterday:
Dear Prof. Caplan,
|Sub:||Second International Conference on Recycling and Reuse of Materials (Polymers, Wood, Leather, Glass, Metals, Ceramics, Semi Conductors, Water etc) and their products (ICRM – 2011), 5, 6 and 7 August 2011, Kottayam, Kerala, India.|
Conference website: www.recycling.macromol.in
Greetings and best wishes from the ♣ Institute of Macromolecular Science and Engineering (IMSE), Kottayam, Kerala, India ♣ Beijing University of Chemical Technology , Bei San Huan East Road 15#, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China and ♣ Venen – Klinik Dr. Mathew, St. Primus Weg 68, A-9020 Klagenfurt, Austria. We are glad to write to you that we are organizing the Second International Conference on Recycling and Reuse of Materials (Polymers, Wood, Leather, Water, Glass, Metals, Ceramics, and Semi Conductors etc) and their Products (ICRM-2011), Kottayam, Kerala, India. The last conference on Recycling and Reuse of Materials in 2009 held in Kottayam, India (ICRM 2009) was a great success. This conference will cover the following areas:
- Recycling of Thermoplastics
- Recycling of Rubbers
- Recycling of Thermosetts
- Recycling of Polymer Blends
- Compatibilisation of Recycled Polymer Blends
- Recycling of Composites
- Feed Stock Recycling
- Recycling of Wood
- Processing of Recycled Polymers
- Recycling of Leather
- Recycling of Water
- Recycling of Paper
- Recycling of Pulp
- Recycling of Agricultural Wastes
- Recycling of Biomass
- Biomass Gasification
- Recycling of Glass
- Recycling of Metals
- Recycling of Ceramics
- Recycling of Clay
- Tire Recycling
- Polymer Product Recycling
- Wood Product Recycling
- Leather Product Recycling
- Ceramic Product Recycling
- Metal Product Recycling
- Recycling of Glass Products
- Recycling of Clay Products
- Recycling of Natural Fibers
- Recycling of Building
- Recycling of Ships
- Recycling of Airplanes
- Recycling of Automotives
- Recycling of Industrial Waste
- Recycling of Electronic Waste
- Recycling of Computer Waste
- Recycling of Hospital Wastes
- Recycling of Chemical Wastes
- Recycling of Nuclear Wastes
- Recycling of Fusion Materials
- Recycling of Semi Conductors
- Pyrolysis of Wastes
- Processing of Recycled Materials
- Environmental Issues of Recycling
- Life Cycle Analysis of Recycled Products
- Modeling and Simulation
Anyone see proteins on the list?