Involvement of Heat Shock Proteins in Invertebrate Anhydrobiosis

  • Alexander Nesmelov
  • Elena Shagimardanova
  • Takahiro Kikawada
  • Oleg GusevEmail author
Part of the Heat Shock Proteins book series (HESP, volume 15)


The anhydrobiosis is a unique state notable for a complete lack of detectable metabolic activity and an ability to withstand extreme stresses. It is induced, as its name suggests, by severe water loss, extending up to complete desiccation. Despite of severe stress, organisms entering anhydrobiosis normally retain their viability. This phenomena is ensured by a variety of protective mechanisms, including expression of protective proteins. The latter include Heat shock proteins (Hsp), which have long been recognized for their importance in a wide range of stress protection mechanisms. This chapter summarizes the theory and available experimental data, both suggesting the importance of Hsp in invertebrate anhydrobiosis. However, most of experimental data are the results of expression studies. We show that they are insufficient to make robust conclusions on the role of Hsp in anhydrobiosis. To date, only two robust evidences based on loss of-function-experiments are available, leaving for the future research the complete elucidation of Hsp function in anhydrobiosis.


Anhydrobiosis Anhydrobiotic engineering Desiccation stress Gene expression Heat shock proteins Invertebrates Molecular chaperons 


ArHsp22 and ArHsp21

Small heat shock proteins


Adenosine triphosphate


Protein-9 nuclease (Cas9) associated with clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)


Deoxyribonucleic acid

DnaJ (Hsp40)

Chaperone DnaJ, also known as Hsp40

F08H9.3 and F08H9.4

Small heat shock protein genes


In-gel tryptic digestion followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry


Gray of ionizing radiation


Heat shock cognate protein


Heat shock protein genes


Heat shock proteins


Genes of a heat shock proteins of a particular family


Heat shock proteins of a particular family


Ionizing radiation


Dose lethal to 50% of treated organisms


Late embryogenesis abundant proteins


Messenger RNA


Small heat shock protein gene


Small heat shock protein


Programmed cell death


Quantitative polymerase chain reaction


Ribonucleic acid


RNA interference


Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


Small heat shock protein


Small heat shock protein gene


Trehalose transporter



We apologize to those researchers who have contributed to the elucidation of the role of Hsp in anhydrobiosis whose work we have not cited due to space limitations. We are grateful to Dr. A. Tunacliffe for critical reading of the manuscript and valuable comments. This work was performed according to the Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University in the analysis of Hsp putative functions, and was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (№ 17-44-07002) in the analysis of Hsp functions in P. vanderplanki. The work was also supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (Grant Numbers JP17H01511, JP25128714 and JP16K07308) in the analysis of Hsp in tardigrades and nematodes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Nesmelov
    • 1
  • Elena Shagimardanova
    • 1
  • Takahiro Kikawada
    • 2
    • 3
  • Oleg Gusev
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Fundamental Medicine and BiologyKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussia
  2. 2.Division of Biotechnology, Institute of Agrobiological SciencesNational Institute of Agriculture and Food Research OrganizationTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Frontier SciencesThe University of TokyoChibaJapan
  4. 4.KFU-RIKEN Translational Genomics UnitRIKENYokohamaJapan

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