Definition of heat-shock protein in English:

heat-shock protein


  • A protein induced in a living cell in response to a rise in temperature above the normal level.

    • ‘Some plants counter the effect by making so-called heat-shock proteins, which probably stabilize the other proteins.’
    • ‘Further energy is required if proteins are irreversibly denatured and cannot be rescued by heat-shock proteins.’
    • ‘The worms had been genetically modified to produce a heat-shock protein when exposed to other stresses besides heat.’
    • ‘The plant produces heat-shock proteins, which prevent wound proteins from forming and protect the shocked tissue from later stress.’
    • ‘The duo came to this conclusion after they found the worms' cells produced heat-shock proteins due to the radiation.’