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Mactinin, a fragment of cytoskeletal α-actinin, is a novel inducer of heat shock protein (Hsp)-90 mediated monocyte activation

Sharon D Luikart12*, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari3, Timothy Hinkel1, Robert T Perri12, Kalpna Gupta2, Theodore R Oegema4 and Pankaj Gupta12

Author Affiliations

1 Hematology/Oncology Section (111E), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA

2 Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455, USA

3 Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455, USA

4 Department of Biochemistry, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, 60612, USA

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BMC Cell Biology 2009, 10:60  doi:10.1186/1471-2121-10-60

Published: 28 August 2009



Monocytes, their progeny such as dendritic cells and osteoclasts and products including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1α and IL-1β play important roles in cancer, inflammation, immune response and atherosclerosis. We previously showed that mactinin, a degradative fragment of the cytoskeletal protein α-actinin, is present at sites of monocytic activation in vivo, has chemotactic activity for monocytes and promotes monocyte/macrophage maturation. We therefore sought to determine the mechanism by which mactinin stimulates monocytes.


Radiolabeled mactinin bound to a heterocomplex on monocytes comprised of at least 3 proteins of molecular weight 88 kD, 79 kD and 68 kD. Affinity purification, mass spectroscopy and Western immunoblotting identified heat shock protein (Hsp)-90 as the 88 kD component of this complex. Hsp90 was responsible for mediating the functional effects of mactinin on monocytes, since Hsp90 inhibitors (geldanamycin and its analogues 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin [17-AAG] and 17-(dimethylaminoethylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin [17-DMAG]) almost completely abrogated the stimulatory activity of mactinin on monocytes (production of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1α, IL-1β and TNF-α, as well as monocyte chemotaxis).


Mactinin is a novel inducer of Hsp90 activity on monocytes and may serve to perpetuate and augment monocytic activation, thereby functioning as a "matrikine." Blockage of this function of mactinin may be useful in diseases where monocyte/macrophage activation and/or Hsp90 activity are detrimental.