Journal article

Identification of mammalian mitochondrial proteins that interact with IAPs via N-terminal IAP binding motifs

AM Verhagen, TK Kratina, CJ Hawkins, J Silke, PG Ekert, DL Vaux

CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

Direct IAP binding protein with low pI/second mitochondrial activator of caspases, HtrA2/Omi and GstPT/eRF3 are mammalian proteins that bind via N-terminal inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) binding motifs (IBMs) to the baculoviral IAP repeat (BIR) domains of IAPs. These interactions can prevent IAPs from inhibiting caspases, or displace active caspases, thereby promoting cell death. We have identified several additional potential IAP antagonists, including glutamate dehydrogenase (GdH), Nipsnap 3 and 4, CLPX, leucine-rich pentatricopeptide repeat motif-containing protein and 3-hydroxyisobutyrate dehydrogenase. All are mitochondrial proteins from which N-terminal import sequences are remov..

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