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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1992 Nov 15;89(22):10974-8.

Expression and characterization of human FKBP52, an immunophilin that associates with the 90-kDa heat shock protein and is a component of steroid receptor complexes.

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  • 1Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Cambridge, MA 02139-4211.


Using an FK506 affinity column to identify mammalian immunosuppressant-binding proteins, we identified an immunophilin with an apparent M(r) approximately 55,000, which we have named FKBP52. We used chemically determined peptide sequence and a computerized algorithm to search GenPept, the translated GenBank data base, and identified two cDNAs likely to encode the murine FKBP52 homolog. We amplified a murine cDNA fragment, used it to select a human FKBP52 (hFKBP52) cDNA clone, and then used the clone to deduce the hFKBP52 sequence (calculated M(r) 51,810) and to express hFKBP52 in Escherichia coli. Recombinant hFKBP52 has peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase activity that is inhibited by FK506 and rapamycin and an FKBP12-like consensus sequence that probably defines the immunosuppressant-binding site. FKBP52 is apparently common to several vertebrate species and associates with the 90-kDa heat shock protein (hsp90) in untransformed mammalian steroid receptor complexes. The putative immunosuppressant-binding site is probably distinct from the hsp90-binding site, and we predict that FKBP52 has different structural domains to accommodate these functions. hFKBP52 contains 12 protein kinase phosphorylation-site motifs and a potential calmodulin-binding site, implying that posttranslational phosphorylation could generate multiple isoforms of the protein and that calmodulin and intracellular Ca2+ levels could affect FKBP52 function. FKBP52 transcripts are present in a variety of human tissues and could vary in abundance and/or stability.

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