Apoptotic cleavage of cellular proteins pathway

General description

Apoptosis is the programmed cell death, triggered by a family of cysteine proteases called caspases (Behl, 2000)⁠. Caspases can inactivate vital cellular proteins that protect living cell from apoptosis (e.g. inhibitor of caspase-activated deoxyribonuclease, Bcl-2 family etc..) (Adams & Cory, 1998; Enari et al., 1998)⁠. Caspases can also cleave the proteins that regulate cytoskeleton, therefore alter the structure of the cell (Yin & Stull, 1999)⁠.

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Reactome REACT_107.4
KEGG Pathways 04210
Involvement in Alzheimer's disease

Caspase-3  has been shown to directly cleave APP (Gervais et al., 1999). Caspase-3 mediated APP cleavage also stabilises the Beta-secretase, BACE, which facilitates the production of Abeta (Tesco et al., 2007)⁠.

Caspase not only contributes to the generation of Abeta, it also mediates the toxicity of Abeta, as research show that Abeta exposure induces activation of caspase-3 and apoptosis in cultured cortical neurons⁠ (Marín et al., 2000; Nishimura et al., 2002)⁠.

Finally, caspases provide a link between Abeta and tauopathy, as the activations of caspases result in tau cleavage (Cotman, Poon, Rissman, & Blurton-Jones, 2005)⁠, which leads to tau pathological filaments (Cho & Johnson, 2004; Gamblin et al., 2003)⁠. However, despite the growing number of evidence showing that apoptosis contributes to AD onset and progress in in vitro and transgenic animal model, its direct role in human post-mortem AD brain is still under debate.

  • Cho, J.-H., & Johnson, G. V. W. (2004). Glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta induces caspase-cleaved tau aggregation in situ. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279, 54716–54723. doi:10.1074/jbc.M403364200
  • Cotman, C. W., Poon, W. W., Rissman, R. A., & Blurton-Jones, M. (2005). The role of caspase cleavage of tau in Alzheimer disease neuropathology. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 64, 104–112.
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  • Gervais, F. G., Xu, D., Robertson, G. S., Vaillancourt, J. P., Zhu, Y., Huang, J., … Nicholson, D. W. (1999). Involvement of caspases in proteolytic cleavage of Alzheimer’s amyloid- beta precursor protein and amyloidogenic Aß peptide formation. Cell, 97, 395–406. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80748-5
  • Marín, N., Romero, B., Bosch-Morell, F., Llansola, M., Felipo, V., Romá, J., & Romero, F. J. (2000). Beta-Amyloid-induced activation of Caspase-3 in primary cultures of rat neurons. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 119, 63–67. doi:10.1016/S0047-6374(00)00172-X
  • Nishimura, I., Uetsuki, T., Kuwako, K., Hara, T., Kawakami, T., Aimoto, S., & Yoshikawa, K. (2002). Cell death induced by a caspase-cleaved transmembrane fragment of the Alzheimer amyloid precursor protein. Cell Death and Differentiation, 9, 199–208. doi:10.1038/sj/cdd/4400931
  • Tesco, G., Koh, Y. H., Kang, E. L., Cameron, A. N., Das, S., Sena-Esteves, M., … Tanzi, R. E. (2007). Depletion of GGA3 Stabilizes BACE and Enhances ??-Secretase Activity. Neuron, 54, 721–737. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2007.05.012
Proteins involved
Caspase-3 CASP3_HUMAN