Clarke AK, Eriksson MJ
The truncated form of the bacterial heat shock protein ClpB/HSP100 contributes to development of thermotolerance in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp strain PCC 7942
Journal of Bacteriology: 2000 182:7092-7096
ClpB is a highly conserved heat shock protein that is essential for thermotolerance in bacteria and eukaryotes. One distinctive feature of all bacterial clpB genes is the dual translation of a truncated 79-kDa form (ClpB-79) in addition to the full-length 93-kDa protein (ClpB-93). To investigate the currently unknown function of ClpB-79, we have examined the ability of the two different-sized ClpB homologues from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 to confer thermotolerance. We show that the ClpB-79 form has the same capacity as ClpB-93 to confer thermotolerance and that the ClpB-79 protein contributes ca. one-third of the total thermotolerance developed in wild-type Synechococcus, the first in vivo demonstration of a functional role for ClpB-79 in bacteria.
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