More evidence for Lab Lit on the map!

A quick search of Google Scholar yielded some of my publications on Jenny’s Lab Lit site, in addition to the expected scientific papers. If that’s not a sign of Lab Lit on the map, then I don’t know what is! (scroll down to the bottom)

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Steve Caplan

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Regulation of Src trafficking and activation by the endocytic regulatory proteins MICAL-L1 and EHD1

…, D Katafiasz, N Naslavsky, S Caplan – Journal of Cell …, 2014 –
Abstract Localization of the non-receptor tyrosine kinase c-Src (Src) to the cell periphery is
required for its activation and to mediate focal adhesion turnover, cell spreading and
migration. Inactive Src localizes to a perinuclear compartment and endocytic transport

Cooperation of MICAL-L1, syndapin2, and phosphatidic acid in tubular recycling endosome biogenesis

…, N Vitale, N Naslavsky, S Caplan – … biology of the …, 2013 –
Abstract Endocytic transport necessitates the generation of membrane tubules and their
subsequent fission to transport vesicles for sorting of cargo molecules. The endocytic
recycling compartment, an array of tubular and vesicular membranes decorated by the

[HTML] Role of Phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-Bisphosphate in Regulating EHD2 Plasma Membrane Localization

LC Simone, S Caplan, N Naslavsky – PloS one, 2013 –
Abstract The four mammalian C-terminal Eps15 homology domain-containing proteins
(EHD1-EHD4) play pivotal roles in endocytic membrane trafficking. While EHD1, EHD3 and
EHD4 associate with intracellular tubular/vesicular membranes, EHD2 localizes to the

Scratching the surface: actin’and other roles for the C-terminal Eps15 homology domain protein, EHD2.

LC Simone, N Naslavsky, S Caplan – Histology and histopathology, 2013 –
The C-terminal Eps15 homology domain-containing (EHD) proteins participate in multiple
aspects of endocytic membrane trafficking. Of the four mammalian EHD proteins, EHD2
appears to be the most disparate, both in terms of sequence homology, and in subcellular

Differential roles of C-terminal Eps15 Homology Domain proteins as vesiculators and tubulators of recycling endosomes

…, PL Sorgen, W Guo, N Naslavsky, S Caplan – Journal of Biological …, 2013 – ASBMB
Background: Vesiculation of tubular recycling endosomes is essential for the recycling of
receptors and lipids to the plasma membrane. Results: A novel vesiculation assay was used
to demonstrate a role for endocytic regulatory proteins in vesiculation. Conclusion: EHD

MICAL-family proteins: complex regulators of the actin cytoskeleton

SSP Giridharan, S Caplan – Antioxidants & redox signaling, 2013 –
Abstract Significance: The molecules interacting with CasL (MICAL) family members
participate in a multitude of activities, including axonal growth cone repulsion, membrane
trafficking, apoptosis, and bristle development in flies. An interesting feature of MICAL

Chemical shift assignments of the C-terminal Eps15 homology domain-3 EH domain

G Spagnol, C Reiling, F Kieken, S Caplan… – Biomolecular NMR …, 2013 – Springer
Abstract The C-terminal Eps15 homology (EH) domain 3 (EHD3) belongs to a eukaryotic
family of endocytic regulatory proteins and is involved in the recycling of various receptors
from the early endosome to the endocytic recycling compartment or in retrograde transport

[HTML] Going bonkers

S Caplan – 2014 –
Over the past few months, since reading – or more accurately – listening to the audiobook version
of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science (Canongate), I have been thrust back and
forth (sorry, no pun intended) trying to decide whether or not to write this book review. …

Finding the cure

S Caplan – 2013 –
Editor’s note added 14 July 2013: Recently our staff reviewed this novel and concluded that,
due to certain plot elements (which we won’t reveal as they constitute spoilers), it is science
fiction and not lab lit. Regardless, the lab scientists and scenes are realistic depictions, so …

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About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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2 Responses to More evidence for Lab Lit on the map!

  1. ruling the literary universe one geeky novel at a time.

  2. Steve Caplan says:

    A-MEN. A-WOMEN, too.

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