Hsp60 in Modifications of Nervous System Homeostasis and Neurodegeneration

  • Celeste Caruso BavisottoEmail author
  • Federica Scalia
  • Alessandro Pitruzzella
  • Magdalena Górska-Ponikowska
  • Claudia Marino
  • Giulio Taglialatela
Part of the Heat Shock Proteins book series (HESP, volume 18)


Hsp60 is a critical chaperonin for its role in preserving cell survival and protecting mitochondria against stress conditions. Indeed, mutations or malfunctions of Hsp60 are involved in several human diseases, either genetic or acquired, some of them affecting also the brain. In this chapter, we present several experimental observations supporting the role of Hsp60 in some neurodegenerative diseases. Further, Hsp60, as multifunctional protein, contributes to the protein folding system, to protect mitochondria and is involved in several other cellular pathways that are known to be affected in these diseases. Furthermore, due to its role outside of the mitochondria and in the extracellular fluids, it has also been suggested that Hsp60 has a role in triggering neuroinflammation. Taken together, these considerations strongly suggest the important role for Hsp60 in neurodegenerative diseases and might propose Hp60 as an attractive target for developing future therapies.


Exosomes Heat shock proteins (Hsp) Hsp60 Molecular chaperones Neurodegenerative disease Theranostic tool 



Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase gene


Alzheimer’s disease


Amyloid precursor protein


Adenosine triphosphatase

Amyloid-β peptide


Blood brain barrier


Central nervous system


Chaperone system


Huntington’s disease


Heat shock protein 60 kDa


Heat shock protein family D


Huntingtin gene


Neurodegenerative disorders


Neurofibrillary tangles


Parkinson’s disease


Small heat shock proteins


Toll-like receptor



A.P., C.C.B. and F.S. were partially supported by UniPA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celeste Caruso Bavisotto
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Federica Scalia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alessandro Pitruzzella
    • 1
    • 2
  • Magdalena Górska-Ponikowska
    • 4
    • 5
  • Claudia Marino
    • 6
  • Giulio Taglialatela
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Biomedicine, Neuroscience and Advanced Diagnostics (BIND), Section of Human AnatomyUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Euro-Mediterranean Institute of Science and Technology (IEMEST)PalermoItaly
  3. 3.Institute of BiophysicsNational Research CouncilPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Medical ChemistryMedical University of GdanskGdańskPoland
  5. 5.Institute of Biomaterials and Biomolecular Systems, Department of BiophysicsUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  6. 6.Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of NeurologyUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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