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1 October 2005 Heat shock protein 25 plays multiple roles during mouse skin development
Olivier Duverger, Michel Morange
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Heat shock protein (Hsp) 25 is a member of the small Hsp family. High levels of Hsp25 can be detected in skin. During adult epidermis differentiation, the concentration of Hsp25 increases as the distance of keratinocytes from the basal layer increases, in parallel with the extent of keratinization. We previously showed that Hsp25, mouse keratin (MK) 5, and MK14 participated in the formation of characteristic ring-shaped aggregates during the differentiation of the PAM212 keratinocyte cell line. We suggested that Hsp25 was involved in the disorganization of the MK5-MK14 keratin network before the establishment of the MK1-MK10 keratin network at the beginning of epidermis stratification. In this study, we have investigated the distribution of Hsp25 and keratins throughout skin development. We demonstrate that the distribution of Hsp25 and MK5 in the epidermis at the beginning of stratification and before keratinization is similar to that observed in PAM212 keratinocytes. These results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the mechanism we described ex vivo and the events taking place in vivo. Moreover, we show that Hsp25 is produced in different cell types in the epidermis and in the hair follicle at different stages of their development. Thus, our results suggest that Hsp25 is involved in more than one process during skin development.

Olivier Duverger and Michel Morange "Heat shock protein 25 plays multiple roles during mouse skin development," Cell Stress & Chaperones 10(4), 268-277, (1 October 2005).
Received: 28 February 2005; Accepted: 1 July 2005; Published: 1 October 2005

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