Aliases for CASP6 Gene
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Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CASP6 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the cysteine-aspartic acid protease (caspase) family of enzymes. 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 acid residues to produce two subunits, large and small, that dimerize to form the active enzyme. This protein is processed by caspases 7, 8 and 10, and is thought to function as a downstream enzyme in the caspase activation cascade. Alternative splicing of this gene results in multiple transcript variants that encode different isoforms. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2015]
GeneCards Summary for CASP6 Gene
CASP6 (Caspase 6) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CASP6 include huntington disease and alzheimer disease. Among its related pathways are Gene Expression and p53 Signaling. GO annotations related to this gene include identical protein binding and cysteine-type peptidase activity. An important paralog of this gene is CASP1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CASP6 Gene
Involved in the activation cascade of caspases responsible for apoptosis execution. Cleaves poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase in vitro, as well as lamins. Overexpression promotes programmed cell death.
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.