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Chaperone or Chaperon may refer to:

  • Chaperone (social) or chaperon, an adult who accompanies or supervises young people on social occasions
  • Chaperone (clinical), a person who acts as a witness for a patient and a medical practitioner during a medical examination or procedure
  • Chaperon (headgear), a form of hood or versatile hat worn in Western Europe in the Middle Ages


  • Chaperone (protein), a protein that assists non-covalent folding/unfolding in molecular biology
  • Co-chaperone, a protein that assists a chaperone in protein folding and other functions
  • Pharmacological chaperone, a small molecule which stabilizes the correct folding of a protein resulting in a recovery of function lost due to mutation, can be used for medical treatment
  • Chaperone-mediated autophagy, a selective type of autophagy


  • Bob Chaperon (born 1958), Canadian retired snooker and billiards player
  • Nicolas Chaperon (died 1656), French painter, draughtsman and engraver

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