Journal article

The small molecule that packs a punch: ubiquitin-mediated regulation of RIPK1/FADD/caspase-8 complexes

Rebecca Feltham, John Silke

CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

The mechanisms that underpin the production of small molecules and cytokines that lead to inflammation or programmed cell death are intricately intertwined. So much so that some of the proteins that contribute to the transcriptional up regulation of cytokines can switch their role in the right circumstances to generate cell death-inducing complexes. This entwinement is reflected in the fact that inflammation helps an organism fight pathogens and that therefore pathogens are under an evolutionary pressure to interfere with this process. Cell death is therefore a defensive measure that may serve to deny pathogens a host cell, expose pathogens to the immune system and also provide additional in..

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