The authors of the following article, which published Online First on October 9, 2012, have requested that it be retracted from publication in Circulation Research:
Gao Q, Jiang Y, Dai S, Wang B, Gao F, Guo C, Zhu F, Wang Q, Wang X, Wang J, Shi Y, Zhang Y, Chen W, Zhang L. Interleukin 17A exacerbates atherosclerosis by promoting fatty acid-binding protein 4–mediated ER stress in macrophages. Circ Res. October 9, 2012; DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.112.272567.
After Online First publication, apparent duplication of panels eIF2a in Figure 2B and 2D, XBP1s in Figure 2D and 3A, and caspase 3 in Figure 4A and 4B was discovered. After being informed by the editors of these errors, the authors immediately provided the original blots for these figure panels to the editors. Upon request of the Editors, the Academic Committee of Shandong University School of Medicine conducted an institutional investigation into apparent duplication of at least three figure panels. The investigation confirmed these errors. According to the committee, the authors were able to provide new original blots for these panels that supported their conclusions and attribute these errors to careless management of data. In addition, the original blots of p-eIF2a in Figure 2C and p-PERK in Figure 2D provided to the Committee were similar but not identical to the corresponding figures in the article. As reported to the journal by the committee, the authors could only provide blots with a similar trend for CHOP in Figure 4B because the original blots were missing.
Although the authors stand by their conclusions of the article, they recognize that the errors in the manuscript have affected the impact of the article. Therefore, the authors have requested to retract the article. The authors apologize for their carelessness, and Editors of Circulation Research agree the article warrants retraction in order to correct the literature.
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