Caspase-independent cell death: leaving the set without the final cut

Tait, S.W.G. and Green, D.R. (2008) Caspase-independent cell death: leaving the set without the final cut. Oncogene, 27(50), pp. 6452-6461. (doi:10.1038/onc.2008.311)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/onc.2008.311

Abstract

Apoptosis is dependent upon caspase activation leading to substrate cleavage and, ultimately, cell death. Although required for the apoptotic phenotype, it has become apparent that cells frequently die even when caspase function is blocked. This process, termed caspase-independent cell death (CICD), occurs in response to most intrinsic apoptotic cues, provided that mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization has occurred. Death receptor ligation can also trigger a form of CICD termed necroptosis. In this review, we will examine the molecular mechanisms governing CICD, highlight recent findings demonstrating recovery from conditions of CICD and discuss potential pathophysiological functions of these processes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tait, Professor Stephen
Authors: Tait, S.W.G., and Green, D.R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Oncogene
ISSN:0950-9232
ISSN (Online):1476-5594

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