Caspase and apoptosis

Xin Tong*, Zhixian Sun

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Since the discovery of structural and functional similarities between the product of the nematode cell-death gene Ced-3 and mammalian interleukin-1β-converting enzyme (ICE), an expanding family of cysteine proteases genes have been coloned and shown to play a key role in execution stage of mammalian cell apoptosis. Several substrates are found to be cleaved by the active ICE/CED-3 proteases (because of cysteine protease with aspartates specificity, also called caspase), and subsequent cytological effect is induced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProgress in Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Apoptosis
  • Caspase
  • ICE/CED-3 protease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

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