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Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs)

Heat shock proteins are a family of proteins that are produced by cells in response to exposure to stressful conditions. They were first described in relation to heat shock, but are now known to also be expressed during other stresses including exposure to cold, UV light and during wound healing or tissue remodeling. HSP gene polymorphisms are associated with inflammatory, autoimmune, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative diseases and aging