Aliases for CASP5 Gene
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Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CASP5 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the cysteine-aspartic acid protease (caspase) family. Sequential activation of caspases plays a central role in the execution-phase of cell apoptosis. Caspases exist as inactive proenzymes which undergo proteolytic processing at conserved aspartic residues to produce two subunits, large and small, that dimerize to form the active enzyme. Overexpression of the active form of this enzyme induces apoptosis in fibroblasts. Max, a central component of the Myc/Max/Mad transcription regulation network important for cell growth, differentiation, and apoptosis, is cleaved by this protein; this process requires Fas-mediated dephosphorylation of Max. The expression of this gene is regulated by interferon-gamma and lipopolysaccharide. Alternatively spliced transcript variants have been identified for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Aug 2010]
GeneCards Summary for CASP5 Gene
CASP5 (Caspase 5, Apoptosis-Related Cysteine Peptidase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CASP5 include multiple sclerosis 5 and cowpox. Among its related pathways are Apoptotic Pathways in Synovial Fibroblasts and PAK Pathway. GO annotations related to this gene include cysteine-type endopeptidase activity and scaffold protein binding. An important paralog of this gene is CASP1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP5 Gene
Mediator of programmed cell death (apoptosis)
Caspases (cysteinyl aspartate proteases) are involved in the signaling pathways of apoptosis, necrosis and inflammation. These enzymes can be divided into initiators and effectors. The initiator isoforms are activated by, and interact with, upstream adaptor molecules.