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The mechanism by which Hsp40 and other molecular chaperones recognize and interact with non-native polypeptides is a fundamental question, as is how Hsp40 co-operates with Hsp70 to facilitate protein folding. Years of structural studies of Hsp40 from yeast and other species, conducted using X-ray protein crystallography, NMR and small-angle X-ray scattering, have shed light on the mechanisms how Hsp40 functions as a molecular chaperone and how Hsp40- Hsp70 pair promotes protein folding, protein transport and degradation. This review provides a discussion of recent structural studies of Hsp40s and their functional implications.
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.