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Remodeling of Protein Aggregates by Hsp104

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Hsp104 is molecular chaperone in the AAA+ family of ATPases that specializes in the resolubilization and refolding of thermally denatured proteins in yeast. In addition to providing high levels of thermotolerance, Hsp104 plays a pivotal role in the propagation of yeast prions, self-replicating, amyloid-like aggregates that are inherited during mitosis and meiosis. In this review, the structure and function of Hsp104 is discussed, its functional interaction with other molecular chaperones, and a model for disaggregation and refolding is proposed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-06-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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