Journal article

Leukocyte integrin α4β7 associates with heat shock protein 70.

Yih-Chih Chan, David R Greenwood, Yi Yang, Euphemia Leung, Geoffrey W Krissansen

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry | Published : 2015


The leukocyte integrin cell adhesion molecules α4β7 and αEβ7 mediate the homing and retention of lymphocytes to the gut, and sites of inflammation. Here we have identified heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) as a major protein that associates with the cytoplasmic domain of the integrin β7 subunit. HSPs are molecular chaperones that protect cells from stress but more recently have been reported to also regulate cell adhesion and invasion via modulation of β1, β2, and β3 integrins and integrin-associated signalling molecules. Several HSP70 isoforms including HSP70-3, HSP70-1L, HSP70-8, and HSP70-9 were specifically precipitated from T cells by a bead-conjugated β7 subunit cytoplasmic domain peptide ..

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