Small heat shock proteins (HSPs) are molecular chaperones with ATP-independent properties. They are involved in a variety of physiological and stress processes. In this study, the full-length HSP 20 (HSP20) from Pinctada martensii, designated as PmHSP20, was obtained from hemocytes using rapid amplification of cDNA ends technology. The PmHSP20 cDNA was 952 bp in length, containing an open reading frame of 534 bp that encoded 177-amino acid residues, with an isoelectric point of 5.86 and molecular weight of 20.24 kDa.
Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) is an important molecular chaperone required for proper folding of cellular proteins, and thus, it plays an essential role in protecting cells from damage during stress. In this study, an HSP90 cDNA designated PmHSP90 was cloned from the mantle tissue of the pearl oyster Pinctada martensii using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) coupled with the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) approach.