Dynamics of heat shock protein 90 C-terminal dimerization is an important part of its conformational cycle

C. Ratzke, M. Mickler, B. Hellenkamp, J. Buchner, T. Hugel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

95 Scopus citations


The molecular chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an important and abundant protein in eukaryotic cells, essential for the activation of a large set of signal transduction and regulatory proteins. During the functional cycle, the Hsp90 dimer performs large conformational rearrangements. The transient N-terminal dimerization of Hsp90 has been extensively investigated, under the assumption that the C-terminal interface is stably dimerized. Using a fluorescence-based single molecule assay and Hsp90 dimers caged in lipid vesicles, we were able to separately observe and kinetically analyze N- and C-terminal dimerizations. Surprisingly, the C-terminal dimer opens and closes with fast kinetics. The occupancy of the unexpected C-terminal open conformation can be modulated by nucleotides bound to the N-terminal domain and by N-terminal deletion mutations, clearly showing a communication between the two terminal domains. Moreover our findings suggest that the C- and N-terminal dimerizations are anticorrelated. This changes our view on the conformational cycle of Hsp90 and shows the interaction of two dimerization domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16101-16106
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number37
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2010


  • Cooperativity
  • FRET
  • Intramelocular communication
  • Vesicles


Dive into the research topics of 'Dynamics of heat shock protein 90 C-terminal dimerization is an important part of its conformational cycle'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this