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Characterization of a novel isoform of caspase-9 that inhibits apoptosis.

We have identified a novel isoform of rat caspase-9 in which the C terminus of full-length caspase-9 is replaced with an alternative peptide sequence. Casp-9-CTD (where CTD is carboxyl-terminal divergent) is expressed in multiple tissues, with the relative highest expression observed in ovary and heart. Casp-9-CTD was found primarily in the cytoplasm and was not detected in the nucleus. Structural predictions suggest that in contrast to full-length caspase-9, casp-9-CTD will not be processed. Our model is supported by reduced protease activity of casp-9-CTD preparations in vitro and by the lack of detectable processing of casp-9-CTD proenzyme or the induction of cell death following transfection into cells. Both neuronal and non-neuronal cell types transfected with casp-9-CTD were resistant to death evoked by trophic factor deprivation or DNA damage. In addition, cytosolic lysates prepared from cells permanently expressing exogenous casp-9-CTD were resistant to caspase induction by cytochrome c in reconstitution assays. Taken together, our observations indicate that casp-9-CTD acts as a dominant-negative variant. Its expression in various tissues indicates a physiological role in regulating cell death.[1]

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  1. Characterization of a novel isoform of caspase-9 that inhibits apoptosis. Angelastro, J.M., Moon, N.Y., Liu, D.X., Yang, A.S., Greene, L.A., Franke, T.F. J. Biol. Chem. (2001) [Pubmed]
 
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