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PubMed Search: Chaperones[title]
- Proteins which help other proteins fold correctly by transient binding to interactive surfaces (hydrophobic areas), which otherwise might aggregate
- Name is accurate since it has no actual positive effect but prevents negative effects
- Important after environmental stress which causes proteins to unfold
- As a translated protein grows, it becomes increasingly available to chaperones; the protein is released into the intracellular space only when it is folded enough to prevent aggregation
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