Natasa Bulat

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Apoptosis is induced by the cleavage of a subset of cellular proteins by proteases of the caspase family. Numerous (hundreds) caspase substrates have been described but only for a few of them is the function of their cleavage by caspases well understood. In this review, apoptosis and caspases will first be introduced. The main focus will then be directed to(More)
The caspase-3-generated RasGAP N-terminal fragment (fragment N) inhibits apoptosis in a Ras-PI3K-Akt-dependent manner. Fragment N protects various cell types, including insulin-secreting cells, against different types of stresses. Whether fragment N exerts a protective role during the development of type 1 diabetes is however not known. Non-obese diabetic(More)
OBJECTIVE Our laboratory has previously established in vitro that a caspase-generated RasGAP NH(2)-terminal moiety, called fragment N, potently protects cells, including insulinomas, from apoptotic stress. We aimed to determine whether fragment N can increase the resistance of pancreatic beta-cells in a physiological setting. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A(More)
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