Project P15

Mechanisms of substrate selection in ER associated protein degradation

Misfolded proteins of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are moved across the ER membrane into the cytosol where they are poly-ubiquitinated and degraded by the proteasome. This process is called ER associated protein degradation (ERAD) or retrotranslocation. The mechanism of ERAD is poorly understood. In this project, we want to answer the questions of how proteins are selected for retrotranslocation and what the physiological substrate spectrum of ERAD is. To this end, we will combine in vitro reconstitution experiments with purified proteins and experiments in intact cells using the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe as model organisms.

Principal investigator

Dr. Alexander Stein

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Am Faßberg 11
D-37077 Göttingen


+49 551 201 1621 (phone)
alexander.stein(at)mpibpc.mpg.de (e-mail)