Biochemical and genetic characterization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Hsp110 molecular chaperone Sse1

Lance Mercer Shaner, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston


The Ssel/Hsp110 molecular chaperones are a poorly understood subgroup of the Hsp70 chaperone family. Hsp70 can refold denatured polypeptides via a carboxyl-terminal peptide binding domain (PBD), which is regulated by nucleotide cycling in an amino-terminal ATPase domain. However, unlike Hsp70, both Sse1 and mammalian Hsp110 bind unfolded peptide substrates but cannot refold them. To test the in vivo requirement for interdomain communication, SSE1 alleles carrying amino acid substitutions in the ATPase domain were assayed for their ability to complement sse1Δ phenotypes. Surprisingly, all mutants predicted to abolish ATP hydrolysis complemented the temperature sensitivity of sse1Δ, whereas mutations in predicted ATP binding residues were non-functional. Remarkably, the two domains of Ssel when expressed in trans functionally complement the sse1Δ growth phenotype and interact by coimmunoprecipitation analysis, indicative of a novel type of interdomain communication. Relatively little is known regarding the interactions and cellular functions of Ssel. Through co-immunoprecipitation analysis, we found that Ssel forms heterodimeric complexes with the abundant cytosolic Hsp70s Ssa and Ssb in vivo. Furthermore, these complexes can be efficiently reconstituted in vitro using purified proteins. The ATPase domains of Ssel and the Hsp70s were found to be critical for interaction as inactivating point mutations severely reduced interaction efficiency. Ssel stimulated Ssal ATPase activity synergistically with the co-chaperone Ydj1 via a novel nucleotide exchange activity. Furthermore, FES1, another Ssa nucleotide exchange factor, can functionally substitute for SSE1/2 when overexpressed, suggesting that Hsp70 nucleotide exchange is the fundamental role of the Sse proteins in yeast, and by extension, the Hsp110 homologs in mammals. Cells lacking SSE1 were found to accumulate prepro-α-factor, but not the cotranslationally imported protein Kar2, similar to mutants in the Ssa chaperones. This indicates that the interaction between Ssel and Ssa is functionally significant in vivo. In addition, sse10 cells are compromised for cell wall strength, likely a result of decreased Hsp90 chaperone activity with the cell integrity MAP kinase SIC. Taken together, this work established that the Hsp110 family must be considered an essential component of Hsp70 chaperone biology in the eukaryotic cell.

Subject Area

Microbiology|Genetics|Molecular biology

Recommended Citation

Shaner, Lance Mercer, "Biochemical and genetic characterization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Hsp110 molecular chaperone Sse1" (2006). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3231748.