Conversion of Bcl-2 to a bax-like death effector by caspases Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Apoptosis
  • Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Sequence Deletion

abstract

  • Caspases are a family of cysteine proteases implicated in the biochemical and morphological changes that occur during apoptosis (programmed cell death). The loop domain of Bcl-2 is cleaved at Asp34 by caspase-3 (CPP32) in vitro, in cells overexpressing caspase-3, and after induction of apoptosis by Fas ligation and interleukin-3 withdrawal. The carboxyl-terminal Bcl-2 cleavage product triggered cell death and accelerated Sindbis virus-induced apoptosis, which was dependent on the BH3 homology and transmembrane domains of Bcl-2. Inhibitor studies indicated that cleavage of Bcl-2 may further activate downstream caspases and contribute to amplification of the caspase cascade. Cleavage-resistant mutants of Bcl-2 had increased protection from interleukin-3 withdrawal and Sindbis virus-induced apoptosis. Thus, cleavage of Bcl-2 by caspases may ensure the inevitability of cell death.

publication date

  • December 12, 1997

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.278.5345.1966

PubMed ID

  • 9395403

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1966

end page

  • 8

volume

  • 278

number

  • 5345