Dynamic complexes in the chaperonin-mediated protein folding cycle

Celeste Weiss*, Fady Jebara, Shahar Nisemblat, Abdussalam Azem

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The GroEL-GroES chaperonin system is probably one of the most studied chaperone systems at the level of the molecular mechanism. Since the first reports of a bacterial gene involved in phage morphogenesis in 1972, these proteins have stimulated intensive research for over 40 years. During this time, detailed structural and functional studies have yielded constantly evolving concepts of the chaperonin mechanism of action. Despite of almost three decades of research on this oligomeric protein, certain aspects of its function remain controversial. In this review, we highlight one central aspect of its function, namely, the active intermediates of its reaction cycle, and present how research to this day continues to change our understanding of chaperonin-mediated protein folding.

Original languageEnglish
Article number80
JournalFrontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Issue numberDEC
StatePublished - 8 Dec 2016


FundersFunder number
United States-Israel Binational Science FoundationBSF-2015214
Israel Science FoundationISF-1507/13


    • Chaperone
    • Chaperonin
    • Football
    • GroEL
    • GroES
    • Protein folding
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