DnaK is a chaperone that aids in nascent protein folding and the maintenance of proteome stability across bacteria. Due to the importance of DnaK in cellular proteostasis, there have been efforts to generate molecules that modulate its function. In nature, both protein substrates and antimicrobial peptides interact with DnaK. However, many of these ligands interact with other cellular machinery as well. Recent work has sought to modify these peptide scaffolds to create DnaK-selective and species-specific probes. Others have reported protein domain mimics of interaction partners to disrupt cellular DnaK function and high-throughput screening approaches to discover clinically-relevant peptidomimetics that inhibit DnaK. The described work provides a foundation for the design of new assays and molecules to regulate DnaK activity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry