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Volume 395, Issue 5


The diverse roles of the Nup93/Nic96 complex proteins – structural scaffolds of the nuclear pore complex with additional cellular functions

Benjamin Vollmer
  • Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Spemannstraße 39, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany
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Published Online: 2014-02-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hsz-2013-0285


Nuclear pore complexes mediate the transport between the cell nucleoplasm and cytoplasm. These 125 MDa structures are among the largest assemblies found in eukaryotes, built from proteins organized in distinct subcomplexes that act as building blocks during nuclear pore complex biogenesis. In this review, we focus on one of these subcomplexes, the Nup93 complex in metazoa and its yeast counterpart, the Nic96 complex. We discuss its essential function in nuclear pore complex assembly as a linker between the nuclear membrane and the central part of the pore and its various roles in nuclear transport processes and beyond.

Keywords: chromatin segregation; Nic96 complex; nuclear pore complex; nuclear transport; Nup93 complex; spindle assembly checkpoint


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Benjamin Vollmer

Benjamin Vollmer studied Biology at the University of Tübingen and received the Diploma degree in 2010. He is currently pursuing the PhD degree within the group of Dr. Wolfram Antonin at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen. His research focuses on membrane interacting proteins that are involved in the formation of nuclear pore complexes.

Wolfram Antonin

Wolfram Antonin is a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Hannover and obtained his PhD degree for work with Reinhard Jahn at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen on the identification and characterization of endosomal SNARE proteins. After postdoc work at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL, Heidelberg) with Iain Mattaj he joined the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory in 2006 working on nuclear reformation at the end of mitosis including the assembly of nuclear pore complexes.

Corresponding author: Wolfram Antonin, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Spemannstraße 39, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany, e-mail:

Received: 2013-11-25

Accepted: 2014-02-22

Published Online: 2014-02-25

Published in Print: 2014-05-01

Citation Information: Biological Chemistry, Volume 395, Issue 5, Pages 515–528, ISSN (Online) 1437-4315, ISSN (Print) 1431-6730, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hsz-2013-0285.

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