Bridget A. Stensgard

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The molecular chaperone Hsp90 plays an essential role in the folding and function of important cellular proteins including steroid hormone receptors, protein kinases and proteins controlling the cell cycle and apoptosis. A 15 A deep pocket region in the N-terminal domain of Hsp90 serves as an ATP/ADP-binding site and has also been shown to bind(More)
Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a serine/threonine kinase that regulates DNA damage checkpoints, is destabilized when heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is inhibited, suggesting that Chk1 is an Hsp90 client. In the present work we examined the interplay between Chk1 and Hsp90 in intact cells, identified a source of unchaperoned Chk1, and report the in vitro(More)
Heat shock protein (hsp)90 functions in a complex chaperoning pathway where its activity is modulated by ATP and by interaction with several co-chaperones. One co-chaperone, p23, binds selectively to the ATP-bound state of hsp90. However, the isolated ATP-binding domain of hsp90 does not bind p23. In an effort to identify the p23-binding domain, we have(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated the ATP-dependent formation of a complex containing the heat shock protein hsp90, the unique hsp90 binding protein p23, and one of three high molecular weight immunophilins. In the present study, hsp90 and p23 are shown to form a complex that requires elevated temperature and ATP/Mg2+. Complex formation is strongly(More)
Histone deacetylase (Hdac)3 is a nuclear enzyme that contributes to epigenetic programming and is required for embryonic development. To determine the role of Hdac3 in bone formation, we crossed mice harboring loxP sites around exon 7 of Hdac3 with mice expressing Cre recombinase under the control of the osterix promoter. The resulting Hdac3 conditional(More)
The progesterone receptor can be reconstituted into hsp90-containing complexes in vitro, and the resulting complexes are needed to maintain hormone binding activity. This process requires ATP/Mg2+, K+, and several axillary proteins. We have developed a defined system for the assembly of progesterone receptor complexes using purified proteins. Five proteins(More)
PURPOSE We determined the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) and the dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) of 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) when infused on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle in advanced solid tumor patients. We also characterized the pharmacokinetics of 17-AAG, its effect on chaperone and client proteins, and whether cytochrome P450(More)
Despite studies that show the antitumor activity of Hsp90 inhibitors, such as geldanamycin (GA) and its derivative 17-allylamino-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG), recent reports indicate that these inhibitors lack significant single-agent clinical activity. Resistance to Hsp90 inhibitors has been previously linked to expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and(More)
Purpose: To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and characterize the dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) of 17-AAG, gemcitabine and/or cisplatin. Levels of the proteins Hsp90, Hsp70 and ILK were measured in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PMBC) lysates to assess the effects of 17-AAG. Experimental design: Phase I dose-escalating trial using a “3 + 3”(More)
The chaperone Hsp90 is required for the appropriate regulation of numerous key signaling molecules, including the progesterone receptor (PR). Many important cochaperones bind Hsp90 through their tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domains. Two such proteins, GCUNC45 and FKBP52, assist PR chaperoning and are thought to interact sequentially with PR-Hsp90(More)