Mitochondria

ID #1232

Is the purpose of Hsp60 just to open the door of the chaperonin?


No, there are 14 Hsp60s that make up the chaperonin. Think about hemoglobin for a second. We call the "pieces" that make up hemoglobin alpha-globin and beta-globin, right? But we don't call it hemoglobin until 4 of those pieces are working together. In this case, we call the pieces Hsp60s, and we wouldn't call it a chaperonin until 14 of them are working together.

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