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Apoptosis induced by T cell receptor (TCR) triggering in T lymphocytes involves activation of cysteine proteases of the caspase family through their proteolytic processing. Caspase-3 cleavage was also reported during T cell stimulation in the absence of apoptosis, although the physiological relevance of this response remains unclear. We show here that the(More)
Since its discovery, caspase-8 has been placed at the apex of the proteolytic cascade triggered by death receptor (DR) cross-linking. Because of its capacity to interact with the cytoplasmic portion of DR, it has been suggested that caspase-8 acts independently of other caspases in the initiation of Fas and other DR signaling. In this study, we demonstrate(More)
Cysteine proteases of the CED-3 and ICE family have been recently proposed as the ultimate executioners in several mammalian cell death pathways. Among them, the cysteine protease CPP32 has been shown to participate in programmed cell death (PCD), or apoptosis, affecting lymphoid cells in vitro. In the thymus, negative selection is a mechanism through which(More)
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