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    Chaperone machines for protein folding, unfolding and disaggregation

    Saibil, Helen R. (2013) Chaperone machines for protein folding, unfolding and disaggregation. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 14 (10), pp. 630-642. ISSN 1471-0072.

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    Molecular chaperones are diverse families of multidomain proteins that have evolved to assist nascent proteins to reach their native fold, protect subunits from heat shock during the assembly of complexes, prevent protein aggregation or mediate targeted unfolding and disassembly. Their increased expression in response to stress is a key factor in the health of the cell and longevity of an organism. Unlike enzymes with their precise and finely tuned active sites, chaperones are heavy-duty molecular machines that operate on a wide range of substrates. The structural basis of their mechanism of action is being unravelled (in particular for the heat shock proteins HSP60, HSP70, HSP90 and HSP100) and typically involves massive displacements of 20–30 kDa domains over distances of 20–50 Å and rotations of up to 100°.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 12:01
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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