BH3-only Bcl-2 Family Members are Coordinately Regulated by the JNK Pathway and Require Bax to Induce Apoptosis in Neurons

Charles A. Harris, Eugene M. Johnson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37754-37760
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume276
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 12 2001

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