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SFB 1078 extended for four years



The Collaborative Research Center "Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function" will receive more than ten million euros in total within next four years starting at January 1, 2021. The spokesperson of the center is biophysics professor Joachim Heberle from Freie Universität.

Physicists, biologists and chemists from Berlin, Gießen, Dresden und Jerusalem work jointly to identify and understand a new key principal in protein science, namely the control and coordination of complex protein function by protonation dynamics.

News from Nov 30, 2020

In the third funding period, the four proteins investigated so far will be extended by a further class of proteins. In addition to the investigation of the mitochondrial respiratory enzyme cytochrome c-oxidase, the photosynthetic protein photosystem II and the microbial rhodopsins, the SFB has expanded its research program to include viral proton channels. The latter play a central role in infections with Dengue and West Nile viruses. For all these biomedically and bioenergetically relevant proteins, the goal is to understand to what extent the movement of protons can be crucial for the function of proteins.

Details on SFB 1078

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  • biophysics
  • collaborative research center
  • fundamental research
  • Joachim Heberle
  • life sciences
  • Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function
  • SFB1078