Resistance to caspase-independent cell death requires persistence of intact mitochondria

Tait, S.W.G. , Parsons, M.J., Llambi, F., Bouchier-Hayes, L., Connell, S., Muñoz-Pinedo, C. and Green, D.R. (2010) Resistance to caspase-independent cell death requires persistence of intact mitochondria. Developmental Cell, 18(5), pp. 802-813. (doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2010.03.014)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2010.03.014

Abstract

During apoptosis, mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) is often a point-of-no-return; death can proceed even if caspase activation is disrupted. However, under certain conditions, resistance to MOMP-dependent, caspase-independent cell death is observed. Mitochondrial recovery represents a key process in this survival. Live cell imaging revealed that during apoptosis not all mitochondria in a cell necessarily undergo MOMP. This incomplete MOMP (iMOMP) was observed in response to various stimuli and in different cell types regardless of caspase activity. Importantly, the presence of intact mitochondria correlated with cellular recovery following MOMP, provided that caspase activity was blocked. Such intact mitochondria underwent MOMP in response to treatment of cells with the Bcl-2 antagonist ABT-737, suggesting that the resistance of these mitochondria to MOMP lies at the point of Bax or Bak activation. Thus, iMOMP provides a critical source of intact mitochondria that permits cellular survival following MOMP.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tait, Professor Stephen
Authors: Tait, S.W.G., Parsons, M.J., Llambi, F., Bouchier-Hayes, L., Connell, S., Muñoz-Pinedo, C., and Green, D.R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Developmental Cell
ISSN:1534-5807
ISSN (Online):1878-1551
Published Online:17 May 2010

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