The Leucine transporter from Aquifex aeolicus as a model for the Neurotransmitter Sodium Symporters – insights into function and ligand binding

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  • Adriana Krassimirova Kantcheva, Denmark
In her PhD studies, Adriana K. Kantcheva looked into the structural perspective of a bacterial transporter – the leucine transporter from Aquifex aeolicus (LeuT) – which is a homologue to neurotransmitter sodium symporters (NSS) found in humans, such as the serotonin transporter. Two crystal structures of LeuT elucidated new insights regarding ion and substrate binding to this transporter.
Studying members of the NSS family is important as these proteins are found in the central nervous system of humans at the synaptic cleft and are implicated in serious conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression.

The PhD degree was completed at the Centre for Structural Biology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Commissioning bodyGraduate School of Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2013

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