Heat stress management in synechocystis PCC 6803: The interplay between membranes and stress protein molecular chaperones

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Exposure of organisms to a sudden increase in temperature triggers a ubiquitous and homeostatic cellular stress response. This heat shock response is characterized by rapid induction of genes encoding heat shock proteins (HSPs), which are divided into seven functional classes: metabolism, DNA/RNA repair, protein degradation, regulation, transport, cell organization, and molecular chaperones [1], and references therein. An almost identical functional classification of stress proteins was suggested by Kültz [2]. The predominant class of HSPs, the molecular chaperones [3], comprises five major and evolutionarily conserved families-ClpB (in eukaryotes HSP100), HtpG (HSP90), dnaK (HSP70), GroESL also called as chaperonins (HSP60), and small heat shock proteins (sHSPs). Under physiological conditions, they assist in several important cellular processes including the correct folding of de novo synthesized proteins, the assembly of oligomeric structures, the membrane transport of proteins, etc. [4]. Upon heat stress, polypeptides tend to lose their native conformation, which leads to the increased exposure of hydrophobic amino acid sequences normally buried inside the molecule. Molecular chaperones are able to recognize these patches and help to prevent their aggregation and facilitate the refolding of the damaged proteins [1,5]. Based on their activity, chaperones can be divided into three classes. “Foldases” (dnaK, GroEL) assist in the correct (re)-folding of polypeptides together with their co-chaperones. The “holdases” (sHSPs and HtpGs) are able to bind nonnative proteins and prevent their aggregation, but do not directly facilitate their folding. The third class of chaperones (“unfoldases/disaggregases,” ClpB family) is capable to dissolve aggregates [1,5,6].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStress Biology of Cyanobacteria
Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Mechanisms to Cellular Responses
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781466575196
ISBN (Print)9781466504783
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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