Structure and function of Hip, an attenuator of the Hsp70 chaperone cycle

Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2013 Aug;20(8):929-35. doi: 10.1038/nsmb.2608. Epub 2013 Jun 30.


The Hsp70-interacting protein, Hip, cooperates with the chaperone Hsp70 in protein folding and prevention of aggregation. Hsp70 interacts with non-native protein substrates in an ATP-dependent reaction cycle regulated by J-domain proteins and nucleotide exchange factors (NEFs). Hip is thought to delay substrate release by slowing ADP dissociation from Hsp70. Here we present crystal structures of the dimerization domain and the tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domain of rat Hip. As shown in a cocrystal structure, the TPR core of Hip interacts with the Hsp70 ATPase domain through an extensive interface, to form a bracket that locks ADP in the binding cleft. Hip and NEF binding to Hsp70 are mutually exclusive, and thus Hip attenuates active cycling of Hsp70-substrate complexes. This mechanism explains how Hip enhances aggregation prevention by Hsp70 and facilitates transfer of specific proteins to downstream chaperones or the proteasome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Diphosphate / analogs & derivatives
  • Adenosine Diphosphate / chemistry
  • Adenosine Diphosphate / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Calorimetry
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry*
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Crystallization
  • Dimerization
  • Escherichia coli
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / chemistry
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Protein Folding
  • Rats
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / chemistry*
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / metabolism*
  • beta-Galactosidase
  • ortho-Aminobenzoates


  • Carrier Proteins
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • N(8)-(4-((N'-methylanthraniloyl)amino)butyl)-8-aminoadenosine 5'-diphosphate
  • St13 protein, rat
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • ortho-Aminobenzoates
  • Adenosine Diphosphate
  • beta-Galactosidase

Associated data

  • PDB/4J8C
  • PDB/4J8D
  • PDB/4J8E
  • PDB/4J8F