Involvement of Heat Shock Protein 70 (Hsp70) in Gastrointestinal Cancers

  • Dipamoy Datta
  • Suparna Banerjee
  • Anupama Ghosh
  • Soumyajit Banerjee Mustafi
  • Prosenjit Sen
  • Sanghamitra Raha
Part of the Heat Shock Proteins book series (HESP, volume 14)


Intracellular protein homeostasis is largely controlled by Heat shock proteins (Hsp). Heat shock proteins (Hsp) impart an age-old defense mechanism for all forms of life on earth. Misfolded proteins are refolded with the aid of Hsp and proteins which are damaged beyond repair are eliminated with assistance from Hsp. Hsp are known as molecular chaperones for their cytoprotective roles. In cancer cells the Hsp are frequently overexpressed and are assumed to be associated with tumor formation. Hsp demonstrate specific affinity to particular classes of oncogenic peptides and client proteins in cancer cells, and are able to stabilize mutated oncogene proteins. They play a key regulatory role in prevention of apoptotic cell death during tumorigenesis and thereby enhance cell growth and proliferation. They may also promote chemoresistance in cancer cells. Here we present the current knowledge on the role of molecular chaperones in particular heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) in human gastrointestinal cancers along with their therapeutic targeting. This review will focus on the role of Hsp 70 and related chaperones in several gastrointestinal cancers such as pancreatic, gastric, and liver cancers.


Chaperone Gastric cancer Gastrointestinal cancer Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp 70) Liver cancer Pancreatic cancer 



α-smooth muscle actin protein


carboxyl-terminus of Hsp70 interacting Protein


cancer stem cells


gastric cancer




hepatocellular carcinoma


head and neck squamous cell cancer


Hsp70/Hsp90 organizing protein


mitogen activated protein kinase



D. Datta acknowledges financial support from Visva-Bharati University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dipamoy Datta
    • 1
  • Suparna Banerjee
    • 2
  • Anupama Ghosh
    • 3
  • Soumyajit Banerjee Mustafi
    • 4
  • Prosenjit Sen
    • 2
  • Sanghamitra Raha
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyVisva-BharatiSantiniketanIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biological ChemistryIndian Association for the Cultivation of ScienceKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Division of Plant BiologyBose InstituteKolkataIndia
  4. 4.University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  5. 5.KolkataIndia

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