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Protein Expr Purif. 2001 Apr;21(3):462-9.

The cochaperone murine stress-inducible protein 1: overexpression, purification, and characterization.

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Protein Structure-Function Research Programme, Department of Biochemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, PO WITS, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa.


Murine stress-inducible protein 1 (mSTI1) is a cochaperone that is homologous with the human heat shock cognate protein 70 (Hsc70)/heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90)-organizing protein (Hop). To analyze the biochemical properties of mSTI1 and the stoichiometry of the Hsc70.mSTI1.Hsp90 association, recombinant mSTI1 was produced in untagged, histidine (His)-tagged, and glutathione S-transferase (GST)-tagged forms. His-mSTI1 was detected either as a dimer during size-exclusion-high-performance liquid chromatography (SE-HPLC) or as a monomer during Superdex 200 gel filtration chromatography. SE-HPLC on GST-mSTI1 and untagged mSTI1 suggested that mSTI1 existed as a monomer. Cross-linking of His-mSTI1 detected a compact monomeric species and a dimeric species. Gel filtration on the association of bovine STI1 or His-mSTI1 with Hsc70 detected species of molecular mass consistent with a dimeric STI1 species or a 1:1 complex of STI1 and Hsc70. Our data and that of others suggest that mSTI1 and its homologues exist as either a monomer or a dimer and that this facilitates its proposed function as an Hsc70/Hsp90 organizing protein.

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