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Aliases for CASP3 Gene

Aliases for CASP3 Gene

  • Caspase 3, Apoptosis-Related Cysteine Peptidase 2 3
  • CPP32 3 4 6
  • Caspase 3, Apoptosis-Related Cysteine Protease 2 3
  • SREBP Cleavage Activity 1 3 4
  • Cysteine Protease CPP32 3 4
  • Protein Yama 3 4
  • EC 4 63
  • Apopain 3 4
  • CASP-3 3 4
  • CPP-32 3 4
  • SCA-1 3 4
  • PARP Cleavage Protease 3
  • Procaspase3 3
  • Caspase-3 3
  • EC 3.4.22 63
  • CPP32B 3

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Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CASP3 Gene

  • GC04M186576
  • GC04M186228
  • GC04M186133
  • GC04M186244
  • GC04M185924
  • GC04M185785
  • GC04M185548
  • GC04M181303

Summaries for CASP3 Gene

Entrez Gene Summary for CASP3 Gene

  • This gene encodes a protein which is 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. This protein cleaves and activates caspases 6, 7 and 9, and the protein itself is processed by caspases 8, 9 and 10. It is the predominant caspase involved in the cleavage of amyloid-beta 4A precursor protein, which is associated with neuronal death in Alzheimer's disease. Alternative splicing of this gene results in two transcript variants that encode the same protein. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]

GeneCards Summary for CASP3 Gene

CASP3 (Caspase 3, Apoptosis-Related Cysteine Peptidase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CASP3 include nervous system cancer and cerebral hypoxia. Among its related pathways are Signaling by FGFR and MAPK signaling pathway. GO annotations related to this gene include peptidase activity and cyclin-dependent protein serine/threonine kinase inhibitor activity. An important paralog of this gene is CASP1.

UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP3 Gene

  • Involved in the activation cascade of caspases responsible for apoptosis execution. At the onset of apoptosis it proteolytically cleaves poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) at a 216-Asp- -Gly-217 bond. Cleaves and activates sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) between the basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper domain and the membrane attachment domain. Cleaves and activates caspase-6, -7 and -9. Involved in the cleavage of huntingtin. Triggers cell adhesion in sympathetic neurons through RET cleavage.

Tocris Summary for CASP3 Gene

  • Caspases (short for �cysteinyl aspartate proteases�) are involved in the signal transduction pathways of apoptosis, necrosis and inflammation. These enzymes can be divided into two major classes - initiators and effectors. The initiator isoforms (caspases-1,-4,-5,-8,-9,-10,-11,-12) are activated by, and interact with, upstream adaptor molecules through protein-protein interaction domains known as CARD and DED. Effector caspases (-3,-6,-7) are responsible for cleaving downstream substrates and are sometimes referred to as the executioner caspases. More than 400 caspase substrates have so far been identified (see The Caspase Substrate Database). Initiator caspases, such as caspase 8, may be directly activated by death receptors such as FasR. Caspases can also be found intracellularly as part of large multiprotein complexes. For example, caspase 9 is recruited to the apoptosome formed during apoptosis, whilst caspases-1 and 5 can form part of the inflammasome, a key part of cytokine processing during inflammation. Caspases are regulated by inhibitors of apoptosis and by dominant negative isoforms. They have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many disorders including stroke, Alzheimer's disease, myocardial infarction, cancer, and inflammatory disease.

Gene Wiki entry for CASP3 Gene

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Genomics for CASP3 Gene

Regulatory Elements for CASP3 Gene

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Genomic Location for CASP3 Gene

184,627,696 bp from pter
184,649,509 bp from pter
21,814 bases
Minus strand

Genomic View for CASP3 Gene

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Genomic Location for CASP3 Gene
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RefSeq DNA sequence for CASP3 Gene

Proteins for CASP3 Gene

  • Protein details for CASP3 Gene (UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot)

    Protein Symbol:
    Recommended name:
    Protein Accession:
    Secondary Accessions:
    • A8K5M2
    • D3DP53
    • Q96AN1
    • Q96KP2

    Protein attributes for CASP3 Gene

    277 amino acids
    Molecular mass:
    31608 Da
    Quaternary structure:
    • Heterotetramer that consists of two anti-parallel arranged heterodimers, each one formed by a 17 kDa (p17) and a 12 kDa (p12) subunit. Interacts with BIRC6/bruce.

    Three dimensional structures from OCA and Proteopedia for CASP3 Gene

neXtProt entry for CASP3 Gene

Proteomics data for CASP3 Gene at MOPED

Post-translational modifications for CASP3 Gene

  • Cleavage by granzyme B, caspase-6, caspase-8 and caspase-10 generates the two active subunits. Additional processing of the propeptides is likely due to the autocatalytic activity of the activated protease. Active heterodimers between the small subunit of caspase-7 protease and the large subunit of caspase-3 also occur and vice versa
  • S-nitrosylated on its catalytic site cysteine in unstimulated human cell lines and denitrosylated upon activation of the Fas apoptotic pathway, associated with an increase in intracellular caspase activity. Fas therefore activates caspase-3 not only by inducing the cleavage of the caspase zymogen to its active subunits, but also by stimulating the denitrosylation of its active site thiol.
  • Ubiquitination at Lys229
  • Modification sites at PhosphoSitePlus

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Domains for CASP3 Gene

Gene Families for CASP3 Gene


Suggested Antigen Peptide Sequences for CASP3 Gene

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Graphical View of Domain Structure for InterPro Entry



  • P42574
  • Belongs to the peptidase C14A family.
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Function for CASP3 Gene

Molecular function for CASP3 Gene

GENATLAS Biochemistry: caspase 3,effector,cysteine containing aspartate-specific protease CPP32,activated by CASP9,cleaving specifically CDKN1A,alpha-fodrin (SPTAN1), gelsolin (GSN),stored in the mitochondrial intermembrane space and released into cytosol after appropriate apoptotic stimuli,promoting CD95/APO1/fas mediated apoptosis,homolog to C elegans Ced-3 and mammalian interleukin 1 beta convertase (IL1BC),including two isoforms alpha and beta
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot CatalyticActivity: Strict requirement for an Asp residue at positions P1 and P4. It has a preferred cleavage sequence of Asp-Xaa-Xaa-Asp- - with a hydrophobic amino-acid residue at P2 and a hydrophilic amino-acid residue at P3, although Val or Ala are also accepted at this position
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot EnzymeRegulation: Inhibited by isatin sulfonamides
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Function: Involved in the activation cascade of caspases responsible for apoptosis execution. At the onset of apoptosis it proteolytically cleaves poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) at a 216-Asp- -Gly-217 bond. Cleaves and activates sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) between the basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper domain and the membrane attachment domain. Cleaves and activates caspase-6, -7 and -9. Involved in the cleavage of huntingtin. Triggers cell adhesion in sympathetic neurons through RET cleavage.

Enzyme Numbers (IUBMB) for CASP3 Gene

Gene Ontology (GO) - Molecular Function for CASP3 Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0004190 aspartic-type endopeptidase activity EXP --
GO:0004197 cysteine-type endopeptidase activity TAS --
GO:0004861 cyclin-dependent protein serine/threonine kinase inhibitor activity IEA --
GO:0005515 protein binding IPI 11257232
GO:0008233 peptidase activity IDA 17167422
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Animal Models for CASP3 Gene

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Localization for CASP3 Gene

Subcellular locations from UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP3 Gene


Subcellular locations from

Jensen Localization Image for CASP3 Gene COMPARTMENTS Subcellular localization image for CASP3 gene
Compartment Confidence
cytosol 5
mitochondrion 4
nucleus 4
plasma membrane 4
cytoskeleton 3
endoplasmic reticulum 3
extracellular 3
lysosome 2
vacuole 2
endosome 1
golgi apparatus 1
peroxisome 1

Gene Ontology (GO) - Cellular Components for CASP3 Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0005634 nucleus IDA 17167422
GO:0005654 nucleoplasm TAS --
GO:0005737 cytoplasm --
GO:0005829 cytosol TAS --
GO:0005886 plasma membrane TAS --
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Pathways for CASP3 Gene

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Gene Ontology (GO) - Biological Process for CASP3 Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0001782 B cell homeostasis IEA --
GO:0001836 release of cytochrome c from mitochondria IEA --
GO:0006309 apoptotic DNA fragmentation TAS --
GO:0006508 proteolysis IDA 12888622
GO:0006915 apoptotic process TAS --
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Compounds for CASP3 Gene

Compound Products

(5) Tocris Compounds for CASP3 Gene

Compound Action Cas Number
Ac-LEHD-AFC Fluorogenic caspase substrate [210345-03-2]
Cisplatin Potent pro-apoptotic anticancer agent; activates caspase-3 [15663-27-1]
Z-DQMD-FMK Caspase-3 inhibitor
Z-VAD-FMK Cell-permeable, irreversible caspase inhibitor [187389-52-2]
Z-VDVAD-FMK Irreversible caspase-2 inhibitor

(12) ApexBio Compounds for CASP3 Gene

Compound Action Cas Number
Apoptosis Inhibitor Cell-permeable caspase-3 inhibitor [54135-60-3]
Caspase-3/7 Inhibitor I Cell-permeable and irreversible inhibitor of caspase-3 and -7 [220509-74-0]
Cisplatin Chemotherapy agent, induces apoptosis [15663-27-1]
PAC-1 Procaspase-activating compound, activates procaspase-3 and converts it to caspase-3 [315183-21-2]
Q-VD-Oph Cell-permeable, irreversible pan-caspase inhibitor [1135695-98-5]
VX-765 Novel Caspase-1 inhibitor [273404-37-8]
Z-DEVD-FMK Cell-permeable, and irreversible caspase-3 inhibitor [210344-95-9]
Z-DQMD-FMK Cell-permeable caspase-3 inhibitor
Z-FA-FMK An inhibitor of cysteine proteases, such as cathepsin B.
Z-VAD-FMK Cell-permeable, irreversible pan-caspase inhibitor [187389-52-2]
Z-VDVAD-FMK Cell-permeable and irreversible caspase-2 inhibitor
Z-VEID-FMK Cell-permeable and irreversible caspase-6 inhibitor

(2) HMDB Compounds for CASP3 Gene

Compound Synonyms Cas Number PubMed IDs
Butyric acid
  • 1-Butyrate
  • (+)-Simvastatin

(5) IUPHAR Ligand for CASP3 Gene

Ligand Type Action Affinity Pubmed IDs
PETCM Activator None
AZ10417808 Inhibitor Inhibition
Z-DEVD-FMK Inhibitor Inhibition
Z-DQMD-FMK Inhibitor Inhibition
PAC1 Activator None

(130) Novoseek inferred chemical compound relationships for CASP3 Gene

Compound -log(P) Hits PubMed IDs
adpribose 87.7 107
phosphatidylserine 82.2 120
dutp 81.3 71
sp 600125 77.4 28
3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide 77 15
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Transcripts for CASP3 Gene

Unigene Clusters for CASP3 Gene

Caspase 3, apoptosis-related cysteine peptidase:
Representative Sequences:

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Alternative Splicing Database (ASD) splice patterns (SP) for CASP3 Gene

ExUns: 1a · 1b ^ 2a · 2b · 2c ^ 3 ^ 4 ^ 5 ^ 6a · 6b · 6c ^ 7 ^ 8a · 8b
SP1: -
SP2: - - -
SP3: -
SP4: -

Relevant External Links for CASP3 Gene

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Expression for CASP3 Gene

mRNA expression in normal human tissues for CASP3 Gene

mRNA expression in embryonic tissues and stem cells from LifeMap Discovery

Integrated Proteomics: protein expression from ProteomicsDB, PaxDb, MOPED, and MaxQB for CASP3 Gene

SOURCE GeneReport for Unigene cluster for CASP3 Gene Hs.141125

mRNA Expression by UniProt/SwissProt for CASP3 Gene

Tissue specificity: Highly expressed in lung, spleen, heart, liver and kidney. Moderate levels in brain and skeletal muscle, and low in testis. Also found in many cell lines, highest expression in cells of the immune system
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No data available for mRNA differential expression in normal tissues for CASP3 Gene

Orthologs for CASP3 Gene

This gene was present in the common ancestor of animals.

Orthologs for CASP3 Gene

Organism Taxonomy Gene Similarity Type Details
(Pan troglodytes)
Mammalia CASP3 35
  • 99.52 (n)
  • 99.64 (a)
CASP3 36
  • 100 (a)
(Bos Taurus)
Mammalia CASP3 35
  • 86.3 (n)
  • 84 (a)
CASP3 36
  • 84 (a)
(Canis familiaris)
Mammalia CASP3 35
  • 89.53 (n)
  • 89.17 (a)
CASP3 36
  • 82 (a)
(Mus musculus)
Mammalia Casp3 35
  • 83.63 (n)
  • 86.64 (a)
Casp3 16
Casp3 36
  • 87 (a)
(Monodelphis domestica)
Mammalia -- 36
  • 78 (a)
-- 36
  • 71 (a)
-- 36
  • 72 (a)
(Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Mammalia CASP3 36
  • 68 (a)
(Rattus norvegicus)
Mammalia Casp3 35
  • 84.84 (n)
  • 89.17 (a)
(Gallus gallus)
Aves CASP3 35
  • 70.76 (n)
  • 66.91 (a)
CASP3 36
  • 64 (a)
tropical clawed frog
(Silurana tropicalis)
Amphibia casp3 35
  • 66.67 (n)
  • 63.07 (a)
(Danio rerio)
Actinopterygii casp3 35
casp3a 36
  • 55 (a)
casp3b 36
  • 53 (a)
African malaria mosquito
(Anopheles gambiae)
Insecta CASPS8 35
  • 45.94 (n)
  • 37.08 (a)
fruit fly
(Drosophila melanogaster)
Insecta Dcp-1 36
  • 30 (a)
decay 36
  • 30 (a)
Ice 36
  • 32 (a)
Dcp-1 37
  • 39 (a)
Ice 37
  • 42 (a)
decay 37
  • 37 (a)
sea squirt
(Ciona savignyi)
Ascidiacea -- 36
  • 39 (a)
-- 36
  • 33 (a)
-- 36
  • 38 (a)
-- 36
  • 36 (a)
-- 36
  • 40 (a)
-- 36
  • 34 (a)
-- 36
  • 32 (a)
-- 36
  • 39 (a)
-- 36
  • 23 (a)
-- 36
  • 47 (a)
Species with no ortholog for CASP3:
  • A. gosspyii yeast (Ashbya gossypii)
  • Actinobacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
  • African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis)
  • Alicante grape (Vitis vinifera)
  • alpha proteobacteria (Wolbachia pipientis)
  • amoeba (Dictyostelium discoideum)
  • Archea (Pyrococcus horikoshii)
  • baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
  • barley (Hordeum vulgare)
  • beta proteobacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)
  • bread mold (Neurospora crassa)
  • Chromalveolata (Phytophthora infestans)
  • common water flea (Daphnia pulex)
  • corn (Zea mays)
  • E. coli (Escherichia coli)
  • filamentous fungi (Aspergillus nidulans)
  • Firmicute bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
  • fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe)
  • green algae (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii)
  • honey bee (Apis mellifera)
  • K. lactis yeast (Kluyveromyces lactis)
  • lizard (Anolis carolinensis)
  • loblloly pine (Pinus taeda)
  • malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum)
  • medicago trunc (Medicago Truncatula)
  • moss (Physcomitrella patens)
  • orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
  • pig (Sus scrofa)
  • rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • rice (Oryza sativa)
  • rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe grisea)
  • schistosome parasite (Schistosoma mansoni)
  • sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis)
  • sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
  • sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
  • soybean (Glycine max)
  • stem rust fungus (Puccinia graminis)
  • sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
  • thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
  • tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
  • toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii)
  • Trichoplax (Trichoplax adhaerens)
  • wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • worm (Caenorhabditis elegans)

Evolution for CASP3 Gene

Gene Tree for CASP3 (if available)
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Paralogs for CASP3 Gene

Selected SIMAP similar genes for CASP3 Gene using alignment to 3 proteins: Pseudogenes for CASP3 Gene

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Variants for CASP3 Gene

Sequence variations from dbSNP and Humsavar for CASP3 Gene

SNP ID Clin Chr 04 pos Sequence Context AA Info Type MAF
rs6948 -- 184,627,976(-) TGAGC(A/C)CTCAG utr-variant-3-prime
rs8549 -- 184,627,854(-) CTCGC(A/G)TTTGT utr-variant-3-prime
rs1049210 - 184,631,071(-) GTGGA(G/T)GCCGA reference, missense
rs1049216 -- 184,628,935(-) AGTAA(C/T)GAATT utr-variant-3-prime
rs1049253 -- 184,627,797(-) ACACA(C/T)AGCAT utr-variant-3-prime

Structural Variations from Database of Genomic Variants (DGV) for CASP3 Gene

Variant ID Type Subtype PubMed ID
nsv830168 CNV Loss 17160897

Relevant External Links for CASP3 Gene

HapMap Linkage Disequilibrium report
Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD)

No data available for Polymorphic Variants from UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP3 Gene

Disorders for CASP3 Gene

(93) Novoseek inferred disease relationships for CASP3 Gene

Disease -log(P) Hits PubMed IDs
necrosis 77.4 118
tumors 75.6 166
cancer 75.5 113
leukemia 75.1 115
promyelocytic leukemia 71.1 10

Relevant External Links for CASP3

Genetic Association Database (GAD)
Human Genome Epidemiology (HuGE) Navigator
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No data available for UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP3 Gene

Publications for CASP3 Gene

  1. Cleavage of huntingtin by apopain, a proapoptotic cysteine protease, is modulated by the polyglutamine tract. (PMID: 8696339) Goldberg Y.P. … Hayden M.R. (Nat. Genet. 1996) 3 4 23
  2. Structure of recombinant human CPP32 in complex with the tetrapeptide acetyl-Asp-Val-Ala-Asp fluoromethyl ketone. (PMID: 9045680) Mittl P.R.E. … Gruetter M.G. (J. Biol. Chem. 1997) 3 4 23
  3. CPP32, a novel human apoptotic protein with homology to Caenorhabditis elegans cell death protein Ced-3 and mammalian interleukin-1 beta-converting enzyme. (PMID: 7983002) Fernandes-Alnemri T. … Alnemri E.S. (J. Biol. Chem. 1994) 3 4 23
  4. Identification of polymorphisms in the Caspase-3 gene and their association with lung cancer risk. (PMID: 18058802) Jang J.S. … Park J.Y. (Mol. Carcinog. 2008) 3 23 48
  5. Genistein sensitizes TRAIL-resistant human gastric adenocarcinoma AGS cells through activation of caspase-3. (PMID: 17689858) Jin C.Y. … Choi Y.H. (Cancer Lett. 2007) 3 23

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