The social life of a membrane protein; It's complex
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Membrane proteins are key players in many biological processes. Since most membrane proteins are assembled into oligomeric complexes it is important to understand how they interact with each other. Unfortunately however, the assembly process (i.e. their social life) remains poorly understood. In the work presented in this thesis I have investigated when and how membrane proteins assemble with each other and their cofactors to form functional units. We have shown that that cofactor insertion in the hetero-tetrameric cytochrome bo3 occurs at an early state in the assembly process. We also found that the pentameric CorA magnesium ion channel is stabilised by different interactions depending on the magnesium ion concentration in the cell. These studies indicate that the assembly of a functional unit is a dynamic process, which is a result of many different forces. By studying the assembly of membrane proteins we have obtained a deeper insight into their function, which cannot be explained by static crystal structures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University , 2013. , 52 p.
membrane proteins, assembly, cofactors, magnesium, Escherichia coli
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research subject Biochemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88597ISBN: 978-91-7447-671-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88597DiVA: diva2:612330
2013-05-03, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Eshaghi, Said, Associate professor
Daley, Daniel, Docent
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript.2013-04-112013-03-212013-03-29Bibliographically approved
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