Zn-curc induces a wild-type-like conformational change in mutant p53 proteins. (A) Immunofluorescence of SKBR3 (H175) and U373 (H273) cells using p53-conformation-specific antibodies (PAB1620 for wt, folded conformation and PAB240 for mutant, unfolded conformation). Cells were treated with Zn-curc (100 μM) for 24 h before fixing and staining with antibodies. The RKO (wtp53) cell line is used as a control to show that the wtp53 conformation is not changed by Zn-curc treatment. Quantification of SKBR3 (B) or RKO (C) positive cells to PAB1620 and PAB240 antibodies before and after Zn-curc treatment, ±SD. (D) SKBR3 and U373 cells were treated with Zn-curc (100 μM) for 24 h. Total cell extracts were imunoprecipitated (IP) with conformation-specific antibodies (PAB1620 and PAB240) and then imunoblotted (WB) with anti-p53 (DO1) antibody. Input represents 1/10 of total cell extracts used for IP.