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Caspase-8, a well-characterized initiator of apoptosis, has also been found to play non-apoptotic roles in cells. In this study, we reveal that caspase-8 can induce cell death in a special way, which does not depend on activation of caspases and mitochondrial initiation. Instead, we prove that caspase-8 can cause lysosomal deacidification and thus lysosomal membrane permeabilization. V-ATPase is a multi-subunit proton pump that acidifies the lumen of lysosome. Our results demonstrate that caspase-8 can bind to the V domain of lysosomal Vacuolar H-ATPase (V-ATPase), but not the V domain, to block the assembly of functional V-ATPase and alkalinize lysosomes. We further demonstrate that the C-terminal of caspase-8 is mainly responsible for the interaction with V-ATPase and can suffice to inhibit survival of cancer cells. Interestingly, regardless of the protein level, it is the expression rate of caspase-8 that is the major cause of cell death. Taken together, we identify a previously unrevealed caspase-8-mediated cell death pathway different form typical apoptosis, which could render caspase-8 a particular physiological function and may be potentially applied in treatments for apoptosis-resistant cancers.
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Name: Molecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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A long pro-domain caspase that contains a death effector domain in its pro-domain region. Caspase 8 plays a role in APOPTOSIS by cleaving and activating EFFECTOR CASPASES. Activation of this enzyme can occur via the interaction of its N-terminal death effector domain with DEATH DOMAIN RECEPTOR SIGNALING ADAPTOR PROTEINS.
A long pro-domain caspase that contains a death effector domain in its pro-domain region. Activation of this enzyme can occur via the interaction of its N-terminal death effector domain with DEATH DOMAIN RECEPTOR SIGNALING ADAPTOR PROTEINS. Caspase 10 plays a role in APOPTOSIS by cleaving and activating EFFECTOR CASPASES. Several isoforms of this protein exist due to multiple alternative splicing of its MESSENGER RNA.
A signal-transducing adaptor protein that associates with TNF RECEPTOR complexes. It contains a death effector domain that can interact with death effector domains found on INITIATOR CASPASES such as CASPASE 8 and CASPASE 10. Activation of CASPASES via interaction with this protein plays a role in the signaling cascade that leads to APOPTOSIS.
A death domain receptor signaling adaptor protein that plays a role in signaling the activation of INITIATOR CASPASES such as CASPASE 2. It contains a death domain that is specific for RIP SERINE-THEONINE KINASES and a caspase-binding domain that binds to and activates CASPASES such as CASPASE 2.
An inhibitory T-lymphocyte receptor that has specificity for CD274 ANTIGEN and PROGRAMMED CELL DEATH 1 LIGAND 2 PROTEIN. Signaling by the receptor limits T cell proliferation and INTERFERON GAMMA synthesis. The receptor also may play an essential role in the regulatory pathway that induces PERIPHERAL TOLERANCE.
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