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Action of the Hsp70 chaperone system observed with single proteins


Mayer-Hartl,  Manajit
Hayer-Hartl, Manajit / Chaperonin-assisted Protein Folding, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;


Hartl,  F. Ulrich
Hartl, Franz-Ulrich / Cellular Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Nunes, J. M., Mayer-Hartl, M., Hartl, F. U., & Mueller, D. J. (2015). Action of the Hsp70 chaperone system observed with single proteins. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 6, 6307-6307. doi:10.1038/ncomms7307.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0026-A77D-D
In Escherichia coli, the binding of non-native protein substrates to the Hsp70 chaperone DnaK is mediated by the co-chaperone DnaJ. DnaJ accelerates ATP hydrolysis on DnaK, by closing the peptide-binding cleft of DnaK. GrpE catalysed nucleotide exchange and ATP re-binding then lead to substrate release from DnaK, allowing folding. Here we refold immunoglobulin 27 (I27) to better understand how DnaJ-DnaK-GrpE chaperones cooperate. When DnaJ is present, I27 is less likely to misfold and more likely to fold, whereas the unfolded state remains unaffected. Thus, the 'holdase' DnaJ shows foldase behaviour. Misfolding of I27 is fully abrogated when DnaJ cooperates with DnaK, which stabilizes the unfolded state and increases the probability of folding. Addition of GrpE shifts the unfolded fraction of I27 to pre-chaperone levels. These insights reveal synergistic mechanisms within the evolutionary highly conserved Hsp70 system that prevent substrates from misfolding and promote their productive transition to the native state.