caspase

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caspase

[′kas‚pās]
(cell and molecular biology)
Any of a family of intracellular proteins that mediate apoptosis.
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Abundant expression of Dec1/stra13/sharp2 in colon carcinoma: its antagonizing role in serum deprivation-induced apoptosis and selective inhibition of procaspase activation.
101-115) Heat shock protein 7 inhibits apoptosis by binding directly to Apaf-1 and blocking the assembly of the apoptosome composed of cytochrome c, procaspase 9, adenosine triphosphate, and Apaf-1.
IFN can also induce the synthesis of gene products that arrest the cell cycle such as p21 and thus block virus replication, or induce a pro-apoptotic state such as procaspases.