Towards a Synthetic Mitochondrion
Keywords:Atp synthesis, Cellular energy, Liposome, Membrane protein reconstitution, Synthetic biology
AbstractOur group at the University of Bern uses biochemical and biophysical techniques to unravel details of the molecular mechanism of membrane proteins. Of special interest are the large multi-subunit complexes of the universally conserved respiratory chain and the ATP synthase that are found in mitochondria and aerobic bacteria. In a bottom-up approach using purified membrane proteins and synthetic lipids, we aim to mimic the basic processes of oxidative phosphorylation. We further develop methodologies to increase the complexity of such artificial systems, paving the way for a synthetic mitochondrion. In this minireview, we summarize recent efforts of our groups and others towards a synthetic respiratory chain.
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O. Biner, T. Schick, A. A. Ganguin, C. von Ballmoos, Chimia 2018, 72, 291, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2018.291.
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