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    Chaperones and protein folding

    Horwich, A.L. and Buchner, J. and Smock, R.G. and Gierasch, L.M. and Saibil, Helen R. (2012) Chaperones and protein folding. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) Comprehensive Biophysics. New York, U.S.: Elsevier, pp. 212-237. ISBN 9780080957180.

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    The folding and translocation of many newly synthesized proteins in the cell is kinetically assisted by ubiquitous, abundant, specialized proteins known as molecular chaperones. These components generally recognize hydrophobic surfaces, exposed specifically by non-native conformations, through their own solvent-exposed hydrophobic surfaces, with different classes of chaperone recognizing such surfaces in the context of extended (Hsp70) vs. collapsed (Hsp60/chaperonin) topology of substrate protein. Such binding prevents substrate proteins from misfolding and from forming multimolecular aggregates. Chaperone-bound proteins are then released from Hsp70 and Hsp60 machines via the binding of ATP to chaperone domains physically separated from the substrate protein binding domains, via allosterically directed conformational changes. Molecular chaperones also act under stress conditions, where polypeptide chains are subject to misfolding, preventing aggregation and restoring the native state. The small heat shock proteins (sHsps) are oligomeric assemblies that participate with the other chaperones in binding non-native states under such conditions. Finally, Hsp90 is an abundant clamp-shaped chaperone that participates in binding and maturation of a variety of substrate proteins via an ATP-directed cycle. This chapter reviews the structure and mechanism of action of these chaperones, with special attention directed to the variety of biophysical methods employed to reaching our current understanding.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Aggregation, ATP, Co-chaperone, CryoEM, DnaK, FRET, GroEL, Hsp70, Hsp90, sHsp, Hydrogen-deuterium exchange, Hydrophobic side chains, Mass spectrometry, Molecular chaperones, NMR, Non-native states, Protein binding, Protein folding, Protein misfolding, X-ray crystallography
    School: School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 09:02
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 11:14


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