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Cell Stress Chaperones. 2010 Jul;15(4):443-55. doi: 10.1007/s12192-009-0160-7. Epub 2009 Dec 2.

The co-chaperone SGT of Leishmania donovani is essential for the parasite's viability.

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  • 1Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Bernhard Nocht St. 74, 20359, Hamburg, Germany.


Molecular chaperone proteins play a pivotal role in the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani, controlling cell fate and ensuring intracellular survival. In higher eukaryotes, the so-called co-chaperone proteins are required for client protein recognition and proper function of chaperones, among them the small glutamine-rich tetratricopeptide repeat proteins (SGT) which interact with both HSP70 and HSP90 chaperones. An atypical SGT homolog is found in the L. donovani genome, encoding a protein lacking the C-terminal glutamine-rich region, normally typical for SGT family members. The gene is expressed constitutively during the life cycle and is essential for survival and/or growth of the parasites. LdSGT forms large, stable complexes that also include another putative co-chaperone, HSC70 interacting protein (HIP). The gene product forms cytoplasmic clusters, matching the subcellular distribution of HIP and partly that of the major cytoplasmic chaperones, HSP70 and HSP90, reflecting a direct molecular interaction with both chaperones.

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