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Fearnhead HO, MacFarlane M, Dinsdale D, Cohen GM
1995
December
Toxicology letters
DNA degradation and proteolysis in thymocyte apoptosis.
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82-83
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Data from a number of model systems support a role for proteolysis in apoptotic cell death. Using immature rat thymocytes, we demonstrate that the protease inhibitors N-alpha-tosyl-L-lysinyl-chloromethylketone (TLCK) and benzyloxycarbonyl-valinyl-alaninyl-aspartyl fluoromethylketone (Z-VAD.FMK) inhibit apoptosis. N-tosyl-L-phenylalaninyl-chloromethylketone (TPCK) has a very different effect, inducing the early morphological and biochemical changes associated with apoptosis. TLCK inhibits trypsin-like proteases whilst Z-VAD.FMK inhibits interleukin-1 beta-converting enzyme (ICE)-like proteases; this and the contrasting effects of TPCK support the hypothesis that thymocyte apoptosis involves a hierarchy of proteases which act at different stages of the process.
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