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J Bacteriol. 2004 Nov;186(21):7236-42.

The Escherichia coli DjlA and CbpA proteins can substitute for DnaJ in DnaK-mediated protein disaggregation.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel.


The DnaJ (Hsp40) protein of Escherichia coli serves as a cochaperone of DnaK (Hsp70), whose activity is involved in protein folding, protein targeting for degradation, and rescue of proteins from aggregates. Two other E. coli proteins, CbpA and DjlA, which exhibit homology with DnaJ, are known to interact with DnaK and to stimulate its chaperone activity. Although it has been shown that in dnaJ mutants both CbpA and DjlA are essential for growth at temperatures above 37 degrees C, their in vivo role is poorly understood. Here we show that in a dnaJ mutant both CbpA and DjlA are required for efficient protein dissaggregation at 42 degrees C.

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