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caspase-independent cellular death

Tuesday 20 April 2004

- Caspase activation has been frequently viewed as synonymous with apoptotic cell death; however, caspases can also contribute to processes that do not culminate in cell demise. Moreover, inhibition of caspases can have cytoprotective effects.

- In a number of different models, caspase inhibition does not maintain cellular viability and instead shifts the morphology of death from apoptosis to nonapoptotic pathways.

See also

- caspases
- cell death
- apoptotic morphology
- cell death inhibition
- catabolic hydrolases
- mitochondrial membrane permeabilization


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