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HSPB1, also known as heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27), belongs to the small heat shock protein family which is induced in response to environmental challenges or/and developmental transitions. It is also an anti-apoptotic protein that plays crucial roles in tumorigenesis and cell survival and is reported to be an independent prognosis marker for cancer. Recently HSPB1 has been found to be a valuable marker for melanoma. In addition to the predicted 27 kDa, an extra 50-55 kDa representing dimeric form of HSPB1 may also be observed (21353161).