The Bcl-2 family of proteins are key regulators of programmed cell death. A distinct subfamily of BH3-only molecules has been identified, but their exact mechanism of action remains unclear. Here we show that the BH3-only Bcl-2 family members, Dp5/Hrk and Bim, are induced upstream of the Bax checkpoint in neuronal apoptosis in a manner that shows significant dependence on JNK signaling. We also show that Dp5 and other BH3-only proteins kill cerebellar granule neurons in a Bax-dependent manner. These studies demonstrate that BH3-only members do not act independently in their proapoptotic activities but rather require the action of multidomain proapoptotic Bcl-2 family members to produce cell death.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Oct 12 2001|