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 Absolute Glaucoma and Keratoacanthoma. Among its related pathways are Apoptosis Modulation and Signaling and Transcriptional misregulation in cancer. Gene Ontology (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 Summary for BAK1 Gene
Plays a role in the mitochondrial apoptosic process. Upon arrival of cell death signals, promotes mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) permeabilization by oligomerizing to form pores within the MOM. This releases apoptogenic factors into the cytosol, including cytochrome c, promoting the activation of caspase 9 which in turn processes and activates the effector caspases.