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Interaction of rat renal glucocorticoid receptor with Hsp90 and Hsp70 upon stress provoked by mercury.

Authors: Brkljacic, J  Perisic, T  Dundjerski, J  Matic, G 
Citation: Brkljacic J, etal., J Appl Toxicol. 2007 Jan-Feb;27(1):43-50.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:17177174
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1002/jat.1182

The influence of mercury on the association of rat kidney glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with heat shock proteins Hsp90 and Hsp70 was investigated. The GR heterocomplexes with Hsp90 and Hsp70 were immunopurified from the renal cytosol of rats administered different doses of mercury (1, 2 and 3 mg Hg kg(-1) b.w.). A quantitative immunoblotting procedure was applied to determine the levels of GR, Hsp90 and two nucleocytoplasmic Hsp70 isoforms (constitutive Hsp73 and inducible Hsp72) in the renal cytosol, as well as the amounts of these proteins within GR heterocomplexes immunoprecipitated by anti-GR antibody. Mercury was found to stimulate GR association with all the examined Hsps. The most prominent effect of the metal was stimulation of Hsp72 interaction with GR. On the other hand, the metal administration led to an increase of Hsp90 level in the cytosol, while the cytosolic levels of Hsp70 isoforms remained unaltered. These findings suggest that association of Hsps, at least Hsp70, with the GR might be ascribed to changes in the affinity of their interaction rather than to changes in the Hsp availability in the cytosol. Therefore, GR heterocomplex assembly seems to be a controlled process enabling chaperoning and functioning of the GR to be in concert with physiological demands.


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Created: 2011-02-04
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