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Exp Cell Res. 1991 Aug;195(2):338-44.

Induction of hsp 72/73 by herbimycin A, an inhibitor of transformation by tyrosine kinase oncogenes.

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Department of Antibiotics, National Institute of Health, Tokyo, Japan.


Herbimycin A, which has been known to inactivate and degrade p60v-src tyrosine kinase, induced an elevated synthesis of a protein with a molecular size of 70 kDa in A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cells. This protein showed the same migration distance on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis as that of the protein induced in the cells by heat shock treatment, and this 70-kDa protein was identified as a member of the heat shock protein 70 family (hsp70) through immunoprecipitation with anti-hsp72/73 antibody and partial digestion with V8 protease. The induced level of the 70-kDa protein was dependent on the length of period and the concentration of herbimycin A treatment. Cellular fractionation and indirect immunofluorescence analyses revealed that the 70-kDa protein induced by herbimycin A was localized in the cytoplasm, in contrast to the nuclear distribution of hsp70 induced by heat treatment. Induction of hsp70 by herbimycin A was also observed in several other cells, including HeLa S3 cells, chicken embryo fibroblasts, NIH3T3 cells, and Rous sarcoma virus-transformed NIH3T3 cells.

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