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Hsp27 Inhibits Cytochrome c-Mediated Caspase Activation by Sequestering Both Pro-caspase-3 and Cytochrome c

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Mitochondrial cytochrome c release in response to pro-apoptotic signals leads to the formation of a cytochrome c/Apaf-1/procaspase-9 complex (the apoptosome) and resultant activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3. Here we demonstrate that the molecular chaperone, Hsp27, inhibits this cytochrome c-mediated activation of caspase-3. Immunodepeletion of Hsp27 from cytochrome c-activated cytosols resulted in decreased caspase activity. Furthermore, immunoprecipitation of Hsp27 resulted in the coprecipitation of both cytochrome c and procaspase-3. In reciprocal experiments, immunoprecipitation of both procaspase-3 and cytochrome c resulted in coprecipitation of Hsp27, indicating two independent interactions. These results point to Hsp27 mediating its inhibition of procaspase-3 activation through its ability to sequester both cytochrome c and procaspase-3, and thus prevent the correct formation/function of the apoptosome complex.
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Keywords: Apoptosis Caspase Cytochrome c Hsp27 Stress

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: *Cell Stress and Apoptosis Research Group, Department of Biochemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland 2: †Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, S-171 77, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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