We have investigated the relationship between the molecular chaperone heat shock protein-90 (Hsp90) and the signal transducing capacity of the Src-family kinase Hck. Inhibition of Hsp90 with geldanamycin suppressed the ability of bacterial lipopolysaccharide to enhance the cell adhesion properties of macrophages, a phenomenon most likely explained by the reduced expression and activity of Hck in macrophages lacking Hsp90 function. The contribution of Hsp90 to signal transduction by Hck was biochemically dissected further by examining its role in the de novo folding and maintenance of wild-type Hck and its constitutively active counterpart, Hck499F. The folding of nascent wild-type Hck and Hck499F into catalytically active conformations, and their accumulation in cells was found to be dependent on Hsp90 function. Notably, mature Hck499F had a greater requirement for on-going support from Hsp90 than did mature wild-type Hck. This particular finding might have important implications for our understanding of the evolution of oncogenic protein kinases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Cell Growth and Differentiation|
|State||Published - Aug 29 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology