Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1038
Liu, Q A; Hengartner, M O (1999). Human CED-6 encodes a functional homologue of the Caenorhabditis elegans engulfment protein CED-6. Current Biology, 9(22):1347-1350.
View at publisher
The rapid engulfment of apoptotic cells is a specialized innate immune response used by organisms to remove apoptotic cells. In mammals, several receptors that recognize apoptotic cells have been identified; molecules that transduce signals from these receptors to downstream cytoskeleton molecules have not been found, however   . Our previous analysis of the engulfment gene ced-6 in Caenorhabditis elegans has suggested that CED-6 is an adaptor protein that participates in a signal transduction pathway that mediates the specific recognition and engulfment of apoptotic cells . Here, we describe our isolation and characterization of a human cDNA encoding a protein, hCED-6, with strong sequence similarity to C. elegans CED-6. As is the case with the worm protein, hCED-6 contains a phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domain and potential Src-homology domain 3 (SH3) binding sites. Both CED-6 and hCED-6 contain a predicted coiled-coil domain in the middle region. The hCED-6 protein lacks the extended carboxyl terminus found in worm CED-6; this carboxy-terminal extension appears not to be essential for CED-6 function in C. elegans, however. Overexpression of hCED-6 rescues the engulfment defect of ced-6 mutants in C. elegans significantly, suggesting that hCED-6 is a functional homologue of C. elegans CED-6. Human ced-6 is expressed widely in most human tissues. Thus, CED-6, and the CED-6 signal transduction pathway, might be conserved from C. elegans to humans and are present in most, if not all, human tissues.
43 downloads since deposited on 11 Feb 2008
22 downloads since 12 months
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences|
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Date:||18 November 1999|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 12:20|
|Last Modified:||28 Nov 2013 00:32|
Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item
Repository Staff Only: item control page