Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1019
Liu, Q A; Hengartner, M O (1998). Candidate adaptor protein CED-6 promotes the engulfment of apoptotic cells in C. elegans. Cell, 93(6):961-972.
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The rapid engulfment (phagocytosis) of cells undergoing programmed cell death (apoptosis) is a fundamental biological process that is not well understood. Here we report the cloning and functional characterization of ced-6, a gene specifically required for the engulfment of apoptotic cells in the nematode C. elegans. The CED-6 protein contains a phosphotyrosine binding domain at its N terminus and a proline/serine-rich region in its C-terminal half. Genetic mosaic analysis demonstrates that ced-6 acts within engulfing cells. We also show that ced-6 can promote the engulfment of cells at both early and late stages of apoptosis. Our data suggest that CED-6 is an adaptor molecule acting in a signal transduction pathway that specifically mediates the recognition and engulfment of apoptotic cells.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Date:||12 June 1998|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 12:20|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:34|
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