Dr. Sozanne R. Solmaz
Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry
- M.S., Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, 2001
- Ph.D., Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe
University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2006
- Science 2 Bldg - Room 129
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Nuclear pore complexes are central gatekeepers of the cell nucleus, and facilitate selective transport of cargo between the cytoplasm and nucleus. As such, they regulate crucial cellular processes such as cell division, RNA metabolism and gene expression. We apply x-ray crystallography to visualize the protein components of this large macromolecular machinery at atomic resolution. Our interdisciplinary approach integrates methods of chemistry, physics, medicine and biology and will give insights into cancer formation, cell division and cell differentiation.
Recent Selected Publications
Solmaz, SR*, Blobel, G* and Melcak, I*. Ring cycle for dilating and constricting the nuclear pore. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2013 110: 5858-5863**.
Selected as science highlight by Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron, Berkeley, CA.
Solmaz, SR, Chauhan, R, Blobel, G, and Melcak, I. Molecular architecture of the transport channel of the nuclear pore complex. Cell 2011 147: 590-602.
Solmaz, SR, and Hunte, C. Structure of complex III with bound cytochrome c in reduced state and definition of a minimal core interface for electron transfer. J Biol Chem 2008 283: 17542-17549.
Hunte, C, Solmaz, S, Palsdottir, H, and Wenz, T. A structural perspective on mechanism and function of the cytochrome bc1 complex. Results Probl Cell Differ 2008 45: 253-278.
Hunte, C, Solmaz, S, and Lange, C. Electron transfer between yeast cytochrome bc1 complex and cytochrome c: a structural analysis. Biochim Biophys Acta 2002 1555: 21-28.