Aliases for BAK1 Gene
External Ids for BAK1 Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for BAK1 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for BAK1 Gene
The protein encoded by this gene belongs to the BCL2 protein family. BCL2 family members form oligomers or heterodimers and act as anti- or pro-apoptotic regulators that are involved in a wide variety of cellular activities. This protein localizes to mitochondria, and functions to induce apoptosis. It interacts with and accelerates the opening of the mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel, which leads to a loss in membrane potential and the release of cytochrome c. This protein also interacts with the tumor suppressor P53 after exposure to cell stress. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for BAK1 Gene
BAK1 (BCL2 Antagonist/Killer 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with BAK1 include Benign Mammary Dysplasia and Chronic Gonococcal Salpingitis. Among its related pathways are Integrated Breast Cancer Pathway and Apoptosis and survival_Regulation of Apoptosis by Mitochondrial Proteins. GO annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and protein heterodimerization activity. An important paralog of this gene is BCL2.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for BAK1 Gene
In the presence of an appropriate stimulus, accelerates programmed cell death by binding to, and antagonizing the anti-apoptotic action of BCL2 or its adenovirus homolog E1B 19k protein. Low micromolar levels of zinc ions inhibit the promotion of apoptosis.