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KMB035 - Membrane transport & bioenergetics
Owner: TKBIA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner

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Professor  Richard Neutze


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Anyone at fourth year within the Bt or K programmes at Chalmers will automatically be accepted. Students at fourth year in other programmes or at Gothenburg University will probably also be accepted, but must contact Richard Neutze in advance.


This course provides a detailed treatment of structure-function relationships for membrane proteins which govern the transport of ions and metabolites across the cell membrane. Since a considerable amount is known about the transport proteins involved in bioenergetics pathways, particular emphasis will be given to these proteins.


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The course will consist of lectures and literature projects. Lectures will run for two hours three times a week & will cover: chemiosmotic theory; respiratory chain enzymes; photosynthetic membrane proteins; archaeal rhodopsin; & several other transport proteins & channels. Projects will proceed with students working in pairs being assigned a scientific article describing a membrane protein structure & they must explore what new insight the structure gave into the protein's functional mechanism. Students will summarize their projects in an 8-page written report and an oral presentation.


The course will be organised as three two-hour lectures per week plus one computer based tutorial. Literature projects will be organised by the students themselves.
It is recommended that students also interested in the practical aspects of membrane protein structural biology take in parallel the course KMB050 Membrane protein technology .


Lecture notes will be placed on the homepage
A useful (but not compulsory) text is Bioenergetics 3, David Nicholls & Stuart Ferguson. However, this book does not have the same emphasis on structure as the course.


Written exam & report (written & oral) of projects. 50 % credit each.

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