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Through direct interaction with the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC), proapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family such as Bax and Bak induce apoptogenic cytochrome c release in isolated mitochondria, whereas BH3-only proteins such as Bid and Bik do not directly target the VDAC to induce cytochrome c release. To investigate the biological significance of(More)
Macroautophagy is a process that leads to the bulk degradation of subcellular constituents by producing autophagosomes/autolysosomes. It is believed that Atg5 (ref. 4) and Atg7 (ref. 5) are essential genes for mammalian macroautophagy. Here we show, however, that mouse cells lacking Atg5 or Atg7 can still form autophagosomes/autolysosomes and perform(More)
Mitochondria play an important role in energy production, Ca2+ homeostasis and cell death. In recent years, the role of the mitochondria in apoptotic and necrotic cell death has attracted much attention. In apoptosis and necrosis, the mitochondrial permeability transition (mPT), which leads to disruption of the mitochondrial membranes and mitochondrial(More)
In vitro, the overexpression of the bcl-2 protooncogene in cultured neurons has been shown to prevent apoptosis induced by neurotrophic factor deprivation. We have generated transgenic mice overexpressing the Bcl-2 protein in neurons, including motoneurons of the facial nucleus. We have tested whether Bcl-2 could protect these motoneurons from(More)
The role of mitochondrial permeability transition (PT) in apoptosis induced by an endogenous neurotoxin, N-methyl(R)salsolinol [NM(R)Sal], was studied by use of dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. NM(R)Sal reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, DeltaPsim, in the early phase of apoptosis, which was not suppressed by a pan-caspase inhibitor, but was(More)
It is poorly understood how apoptotic signals arising from DNA damage are transmitted to mitochondria, which release apoptogenic factors into the cytoplasm that activate downstream destruction programs. Here, we identify histone H1.2 as a cytochrome c-releasing factor that appears in the cytoplasm after exposure to X-ray irradiation. While all nuclear(More)
Overproduced Bcl-2 oncoprotein has been shown to suppress cell death induced by a variety of stimuli in many cell types, including neuronal cells. Because bcl-2 is expressed in the nervous system where massive cell death is observed during development, endogenous Bcl-2 is likely to be involved in regulating neuronal cell death. Here we examined the possible(More)
Recent studies have suggested that neuronal death in Alzheimer's disease or ischemia could arise from dysfunction of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Although caspase-12 has been implicated in ER stress-induced apoptosis and amyloid-beta (Abeta)-induced apoptosis in rodents, it is controversial whether similar mechanisms operate in humans. We found that(More)
In situ hybridization was employed to study the expression of bcl-2 mRNA and its family members, bax and bcl-x mRNAs, in the developing inner ear. We found that in the cochlear structure, sensory epithelial cells, the spiral ganglion and stria vascularis expressed these mRNAs in postnatal period in a temporally similar manner, but in embryos, neither bax(More)
Calcium-independent group VIA phospholipase A2 (iPLA2beta) is considered to play a role in signal transduction and maintenance of homeostasis or remodeling of membrane phospholipids. A role of iPLA2beta has been suggested in various physiological and pathological processes, including immunity, chemotaxis, and cell death, but the details remain unclear.(More)