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|Background:||Apoptosis occurs during normal cellular development and involves dramatic changes in cellular structure. Disruption of apoptosis may contribute to cancer as well as other autoimmune diseases. Recently, the mammalian homologue of the key cell death gene CED-4 in C. elegans has been identified from human and mouse, and designated Apaf- 1 (apoptosis protease activating factor 1) (Ref. 1,2). Apaf-1 binds to cytochrome c (Apaf-2), a reaction that requires dATP, and this leads to the formation of a large multimeric complex. The complex recruits pro-caspase-9, and activates caspase-9 (Apaf-3). Activated caspase-9 in turn cleaves and activates caspase-3, one of the proteases responsible for the proteolytic cleavage of many key proteins in apoptosis. Apaf-1 is ubiquitously expressed in human tissues (1).|
|Regulatory Statement:||For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.|
|Product Type:||Primary Antibody|
There are no references for Apaf-1 polyclonal at this time.