Voltage-dependent anion channels: The wizard of the mitochondrial outer membrane

Barbara Mertins, Georgios Psakis, Lars Oliver Essen

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Voltage dependent anion channels (VDACs) are the most abundant proteins in the outer mitochondrial membrane. Although they are essential in metabolite exchange, cell defense and apoptosis, the molecular mechanism of these VDAC-mediated processes remains elusive. Here we review recent progress in terms of VDACs' structure and regulation, with a special focus on the molecular aspects of gating and the interaction with effector proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1435-1442
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Chemistry
Issue number12
Early online date20 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


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