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Nature. 1991 Mar 14;350(6314):165-7.

Function of DnaJ and DnaK as chaperones in origin-specific DNA binding by RepA.

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Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


Heat-shock proteins are normal constituents of cells whose synthesis is increased on exposure to various forms of stress. They are interesting because of their ubiquity and high conservation during evolution. Two families of heat-shock proteins, hsp60s and hsp70s, have been implicated in accelerating protein folding and oligomerization and also in maintaining proteins in an unfolded state, thus facilitating membrane transport. The Escherichia coli hsp70 analogue, DnaK, and two other heat-shock proteins, DnaJ and GrpE, are required for cell viability at high temperatures and are involved in DNA replication of phage lambda and plasmids P1 and F. These three proteins are involved in replication in vitro of P1 DNA along with many host replication proteins and the P1 RepA initiator protein. RepA exists in a stable protein complex with DnaJ containing a dimer each of RepA and DnaJ. We report here that DnaK and DnaJ mediate an alteration in the P1 initiator protein, rendering it much more active for oriP1 DNA binding.

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