Peter Kovermann

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Proteins imported into the mitochondrial matrix are synthesized in the cytosol with an N-terminal presequence and are translocated through hetero-oligomeric translocase complexes of the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes. The channel across the inner membrane is formed by the presequence translocase, which consists of roughly six distinct subunits;(More)
The protein insertion complex of the mitochondrial inner membrane is crucial for import of the numerous multitopic membrane proteins with internal targeting signals. Little is known about the molecular mechanism of this complex, including whether it forms a real channel or merely acts as scaffold for protein insertion. We report the unexpected observation(More)
Transport of metabolites across the mitochondrial inner membrane is highly selective, thereby maintaining the electrochemical proton gradient that functions as the main driving force for cellular adenosine triphosphate synthesis. Mitochondria import many preproteins via the presequence translocase of the inner membrane. However, the reconstituted Tim23(More)
The mitochondrial inner membrane imports numerous proteins that span it multiple times using the membrane potential Deltapsi as the only external energy source. We purified the protein insertion complex (TIM22 complex), a twin-pore translocase that mediated the insertion of precursor proteins in a three-step process. After the precursor is tethered to the(More)
In flagellate green algae, behavioral responses to photo- and mechanoshock are induced by different external stimuli within 10-15 ms. In the accompanying changes in flagella beat, Ca(2+) has important regulatory roles. Although the axonemal Ca(2+) responsive elements are well characterized, analyses of flagellar channels involved in Ca(2+) signalling as(More)
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