|Home Department||Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Areas of Study||Structure and function of Membrane Proteins|
|Class Pages||BCH 561
Background The unraveling of the structure and function of membrane proteins is one of the most challenging goals in the post-genomic era. The most important processes in all living cells, which include simple living forms such as bacteria and simple eukaryotic cells as well as plants, animals, and humans are catalyzed by membrane proteins. For example, respiration, photosynthesis, cell communication, cell import/export, cell-growth and recognition are catalyzed and regulated by membrane proteins. The proteins do not act on their own, instead they perform communication within the cells by binding and releasing of cofactors and soluble signal-transducing proteins.