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Cell Stress Chaperones. 2002 Jul;7(3):309-16.

An Hsp70 family chaperone, mortalin/mthsp70/PBP74/Grp75: what, when, and where?

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Chugai Research Institute for Medical Sciences, 153-2 Nagai, Niihari, Ibaraki 300-4101, Japan.


Mortalin/mthsp70/PBP74/Grp75 (called mortalin hereafter), a member of the Hsp70 family of chaperones, was shown to have different subcellular localizations in normal and immortal cells. It has been assigned to multiple subcellular sites and implicated in multiple functions ranging from stress response, intracellular trafficking, antigen processing, control of cell proliferation, differentiation, and tumorigenesis. The present article compiles and reviews information on the multiple sites and functions of mortalin in different organisms. The relevance of its differential distributions and functions in normal and immortal cell phenotypes is discussed.

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