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J Biol Chem. 1999 Oct 22;274(43):30534-9.

Structural features required for the interaction of the Hsp70 molecular chaperone DnaK with its cochaperone DnaJ.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, USA.


Hsp70 family members together with their Hsp40 cochaperones function as molecular chaperones, using an ATP-controlled cycle of polypeptide binding and release to mediate protein folding. Hsp40 plays a key role in the chaperone reaction by stimulating the ATPase activity and activating the substrate binding of Hsp70. We have explored the interaction between the Escherichia coli Hsp70 family member, DnaK, and its cochaperone partner DnaJ. Our data show that the binding of ATP, subsequent conformational changes in DnaK, and DnaJ-stimulated ATP hydrolysis are all required for the formation of a DnaK-DnaJ complex as monitored by Biacore analysis. In addition, our data imply that the interaction of the J-domain with DnaK depends on the substrate binding state of DnaK.

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