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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Nov;5(11):897-907.

Molecular mechanisms of caspase regulation during apoptosis.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Lewis Thomas Laboratory, Washington Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.

Abstract

Caspases, which are the executioners of apoptosis, comprise two distinct classes, the initiators and the effectors. Although general structural features are shared between the initiator and the effector caspases, their activation, inhibition and release of inhibition are differentially regulated. Biochemical and structural studies have led to important advances in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of caspase regulation. This article reviews these latest advances and describes our present understanding of caspase regulation during apoptosis.

PMID:
15520809
DOI:
10.1038/nrm1496
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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