Aliases for DFFB Gene
External Ids for DFFB Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for DFFB Gene
Apoptosis is a cell death process that removes toxic and/or useless cells during mammalian development. The apoptotic process is accompanied by shrinkage and fragmentation of the cells and nuclei and degradation of the chromosomal DNA into nucleosomal units. DNA fragmentation factor (DFF) is a heterodimeric protein of 40-kD (DFFB) and 45-kD (DFFA) subunits. DFFA is the substrate for caspase-3 and triggers DNA fragmentation during apoptosis. DFF becomes activated when DFFA is cleaved by caspase-3. The cleaved fragments of DFFA dissociate from DFFB, the active component of DFF. DFFB has been found to trigger both DNA fragmentation and chromatin condensation during apoptosis. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms have been found for this gene but the biological validity of some of these variants has not been determined. [provided by RefSeq, Sep 2013]
GeneCards Summary for DFFB Gene
DFFB (DNA Fragmentation Factor Subunit Beta) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Apoptosis Modulation and Signaling and Apoptosis and survival Caspase cascade. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include enzyme binding and nuclease activity.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for DFFB Gene
Nuclease that induces DNA fragmentation and chromatin condensation during apoptosis. Degrades naked DNA and induces apoptotic morphology.