Peter Brzezinski

Peter Brzezinski

Professor in Biochemistry

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Works at Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Telephone 08-16 32 80
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16
Room A 453
Postal address Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik 106 91 Stockholm


Membrane-Bound Energy Transducers

Ion-translocating integral membrane proteins are involved in a wide range of functions in living cells such as signal transduction, energy conversion and nerve conduction. Because many of these proteins share common structural elements and mechanistic properties, a shortcut to understanding their function at the molecular level is to find general concepts to describe them. More specifically, our studies involve the use of a broad range of biochemical and biophysical techniques to investigate the structure and function of membrane proteins involved in electron and proton transport. In addition, we investigate the role of the membrane in providing functional connectivity between membrane-bound proton transporters.


Architecture and Functional Dynamics of the Cellular Power Plant

A project that involves five groups at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Mitochondria harbour the energy-conversion machinery of living cells, which in part involves a system of molecular machines, the respiratory chain complexes. These complexes are organized in large oligomeric assemblies termed supercomplexes. Dysfunction of these machineries underlies many human disorders and aging. In the frame of a five-year project funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, we aim to unravel functional principles of electron and proton-transport mechanisms in mitochondria and link these phenomena to cellular organization, molecular structure and physiology.


Group members

Irina Smirnova, Researcher

Linda Näsvik Öjemyr, Researcher

Wataru Sato, Postdoc

Jacob Schäfer, Postdoc

Johan Berg, PhD Student

Markus Björck, PhD Student

Sylwia Krol, PhD Student

Agnes Moe, PhD Student

Tobias Nilsson, PhD Student

Federica Poiana, PhD Student

Johanna Vilhjalmsdottir, PhD Student


Recent Publications

  • Vilhjálmsdóttir, J., Johansson, A.-L., Brzezinski, P.
    Structural Changes and Proton Transfer in Cytochrome c Oxidase
    (2015) Scientific Reports, 5, art. no. 12047.
  • Von Ballmoos, C., Gonska, N., Lachmann, P., Gennis, R.B., Ädelroth, P., Brzezinski, P.
    Mutation of a single residue in the ba3 oxidase specifically impairs protonation of the pump site
    (2015) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 112, 3397-3402.
  • Nordlund, G., Brzezinski, P., Von Ballmoos, C.
    SNARE-fusion mediated insertion of membrane proteins into native and artificial membranes
    (2014) Nature Communications, 5, art. no. 4303.


Funding Sources

Our research is finaced by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Swedish Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundations

Last updated: July 2, 2019

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