Caspases and caspase inhibitors

Pascal Villa, Scott H. Kaufmann, William C. Earnshaw

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Five years ago, little was known about mechanisms of apoptotic execution. Now, one class of cell-death gene, the cysteine aspartases (caspases) has come under intensive study, This review discusses the two classes of caspases, the reasons why humans may have so many caspase genes, the growing list of caspase substrates, and viral and pharmacological caspase inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-393
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in biochemical sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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