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Synergy between the small intrinsically disordered protein Hsp12 and trehalose sustain viability after desiccation

  1. Skylar Xantus Kim
  2. Gamze Çamdere
  3. Xuchen Hu
  4. Douglas Koshland  Is a corresponding author
  5. Hugo Tapia  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of California, Berkeley, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e38337 doi: 10.7554/eLife.38337

Abstract

Anhydrobiotes are rare microbes, plants and animals that tolerate severe water loss. Understanding the molecular basis for their desiccation tolerance may provide novel insights into stress biology and critical tools for engineering drought-tolerant crops. Using the anhydrobiote, budding yeast, we show that trehalose and Hsp12, a small intrinsically disordered protein (sIDP) of the hydrophilin family, synergize to mitigate completely the inviability caused by the lethal stresses of desiccation. We show that these two molecules help to stabilize the activity and prevent aggregation of model proteins both in vivo and in vitro. We also identify a novel in vitro role for Hsp12 as a membrane remodeler, a protective feature not shared by another yeast hydrophilin, suggesting that sIDPs have distinct biological functions.

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  1. Skylar Xantus Kim

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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  2. Gamze Çamdere

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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  3. Xuchen Hu

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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  4. Douglas Koshland

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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  5. Hugo Tapia

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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    hugo.tapia@berkeley.edu
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G Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation

  • Skylar Xantus Kim
  • Hugo Tapia

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

  • Gamze Çamdere

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Anthony A Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

Publication history

  1. Received: May 13, 2018
  2. Accepted: July 15, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 16, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 20, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Kim et al.

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