Hsp70 associates with Rictor and is required for mTORC2 formation and activity

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Aug 8;372(4):578-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.05.086. Epub 2008 May 27.


mTORC2 is a multiprotein kinase composed of mTOR, mLST8, PRR5, mSIN1 and Rictor. The complex is insensitive to rapamycin and has demonstrated functions controlling cell growth, motility, invasion and cytoskeletal assembly. mTORC2 is the major hydrophobic domain kinase which renders Akt fully active via phosphorylation on serine 473. We isolated Hsp70 as a putative Rictor interacting protein in a yeast two-hybrid assay and confirmed this interaction via co-immunoprecipitation and colocalization experiments. In cells expressing an antisense RNA targeting Hsp70, mTORC2 formation and activity were impaired. Moreover, in cells lacking Hsp70 expression, mTORC2 activity was inhibited following heat shock while controls demonstrated increased mTORC2 activity. These differential effects on mTORC2 activity were specific, in that mTORC1 did not demonstrate Hsp70-dependent alterations under these conditions. These data suggest that Hsp70 is a component of mTORC2 and is required for proper assembly and activity of the kinase both constitutively and following heat shock.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Line
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Down-Regulation
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / genetics
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multienzyme Complexes / genetics
  • Multienzyme Complexes / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt / metabolism
  • RNA, Antisense / genetics
  • Rapamycin-Insensitive Companion of mTOR Protein
  • Signal Transduction
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques


  • Carrier Proteins
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Multienzyme Complexes
  • RICTOR protein, human
  • RNA, Antisense
  • Rapamycin-Insensitive Companion of mTOR Protein
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt