Hip is a pro-survival substrate of granzyme B.

Academic Article


  • The extended substrate specificity of granzyme B (GrB) was used to identify substrates among the chaperone superfamily. This approach identified Hsp90 and Bag1-L as novel GrB substrates, and an additional GrB cleavage site was identified in the Hsc70/Hsp70-Interacting Protein, Hip. Hsp90, Bag1L, and Hip were validated as GrB substrates in vitro, and mutational analysis confirmed the additional cleavage site in Hip. Because the role of Hip in apoptosis is unknown, its proteolysis by GrB was used as a basis to test whether it has anti-apoptotic activity. Previous work on Hip was limited to in vitro characterization; therefore, it was important to demonstrate Hip cleavage in a physiological context and to show its relevance to natural killer (NK) cell-mediated death. Hip is cleaved at both GrB cleavage sites during NK-mediated cell death in a caspase-independent manner, and its cleavage is due solely to GrB and not other granule components. Furthermore, Hip is not cleaved upon stimulation of the Fas receptor in the Jurkat T-cell line, suggesting that Hip is a substrate unique to GrB. RNA interference-mediated reduction of Hip within the K562 cell line rendered the cells more susceptible to NK cell-mediated lysis, indicating that proteolysis by GrB of Hip contributes to death induction. The small effect of RNA interference-mediated Hip deficiency on cytotoxicity is in agreement with the inherent redundancy of NK cell-mediated cell death. The identification of additional members of the chaperone superfamily as GrB substrates and the validation of Hip as an anti-apoptotic protein contribute to understanding the interplay between stress response and apoptosis.
  • Authors

  • Hostetter, Daniel R
  • Loeb, Carly RK
  • Chu, Feixia
  • Craik, Charles S
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 21, 2007
  • Published In


  • Apoptosis
  • Blood Coagulation Factors
  • DNA Fragmentation
  • Granzymes
  • Humans
  • Jurkat Cells
  • K562 Cells
  • Killer Cells, Natural
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Plasmids
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Ribosomal Proteins
  • Time Factors
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17620340
  • Start Page

  • 27865
  • End Page

  • 27874
  • Volume

  • 282
  • Issue

  • 38