OBITUARY: Günter Blobel
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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1999 was awarded to Günter Blobel “for the discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell”. He died on 18 February 2018. Günter was a longtime member of our Editorial Board who agreed to stay on and join me on the new Board in 2017. I never had the pleasure of interacting personally with Günter Blobel and only attended one of his lecture presentations. However, two of his colleagues in the field, Profs. Andreas Kuhn (Hohenheim University) and Ross Dalbey (The Ohio State University) have agreed to join us as guest editors for a special issue of The Protein Journal in memory of Günter Blobel that should appear by the end of this year.
In the 1970s Blobel showed that, in certain cases, a sequence of a few amino acids in a protein serve as an ‘address label’ that determines whether a protein is to be transported out of the cell or into an organelle, or is to be incorporated into the membrane....