Sarah Schwarzer

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We have isolated and characterized a second [Fe]-hydrogenase gene from the green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The HydA2 gene encodes a protein of 505 amino acids that is 74% similar and 68% identical to the known HydA1 hydrogenase from C. reinhardtii. HydA2 contains all the conserved residues and motifs found in the catalytic core of the family of(More)
The functional expression of the mouse Kir2.1 potassium channel in yeast cells lacking transport systems for potassium and sodium efflux (ena1-4delta nha1delta) resulted in increased cell sensitivity to high external concentrations of potassium. The phenotype depended on the level of Kir2.1 expression and on the external pH. The activity of Kir2.1p in the(More)
Potassium uptake defective Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains (Deltatrk1,2 and Deltatrk1,2 Deltatok1) were used for the phenotypic analysis of the mouse inward rectifying Kir2.1 channel by growth analysis. Functional expression of both, multi-copy plasmid and chromosomally expressed GFP-mKir2.1 fusion constructs complemented the potassium uptake deficient(More)
Our aim was to determine the subcellular localization and functional roles of the KATP channel subunit Kir6.1 in intracellular membranes. Specifically, we focused on the potential role of Kir6.1 as a subunit of the mitochondrial ATP-sensitive K+ channel. Cell imaging showed that a major proportion of heterologously expressed Kir6.1-GFP and endogenously(More)
It has been shown previously that heterologous expression of inwardly rectifying potassium channels (K+-channels) from plants and mammals in K+-transport defective yeast mutants can restore the ability of growth in media with low [K+]. In this study, the functional expression of an outward rectifying mammalian K+-channel in yeast is presented for the first(More)
In atrial and nodal cardiac myocytes, M2 muscarinic receptors activate inhibitory G-proteins (G(i/o)), which in turn stimulate G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K(+) channels through direct binding of the Gbetagamma subunit. Despite also releasing Gbetagamma, G(s)-coupled receptors such as the beta-adrenergic receptor are not able to prominently activate(More)
Ion channels are integral membrane proteins that allow the flow of ions across membranes down their electrochemical gradients and are a major determinant of cellular excitability. They play an important role in a variety of biological processes as diverse as insulin release from beta cells in the pancreas through to cardiac and smooth muscle contraction. We(More)
HERG (human ether-a-go-go-related gene) encodes the Kv11.1 protein α-subunit that underlies the rapidly activating delayed rectifier K+ current (I Kr) in the heart. Alterations in the functional properties or membrane incorporation of HERG channels, either by genetic mutations or by administration of drugs, play major roles in the development of(More)
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