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Adf/cofilin proteins translocate to mitochondria during apoptosis but are not generally required for cell death signaling
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2012 (English)In: Cell Death and Differentiation, ISSN 1350-9047, E-ISSN 1476-5403, Vol. 19, no 6, 958-967 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Non-muscle cofilin (n-cofilin) is a member of the ADF/cofilin family of actin depolymerizing proteins. Recent studies reported a mitochondrial translocation of n-cofilin during apoptosis. As these studies also revealed impaired cytochrome c release and a block in apoptosis upon small interfering RNA-mediated n-cofilin knockdown, n-cofilin was postulated to be essential for apoptosis induction. To elucidate the general importance of ADF/cofilin activity for apoptosis, we exposed mouse embryonic fibroblasts deficient for n-cofilin, ADF (actin depolymerizing factor), or all ADF/cofilin isoforms to well-characterized apoptosis inducers. Cytochrome c release, caspase-3 activation, and apoptotic chromatin condensation were unchanged in all mutant fibroblasts. Thus, we conclude that ADF/cofilin activity is not generally required for induction or progression of apoptosis in mammalian cells. Interestingly, mitochondrial association of ADF and n-cofilin during apoptosis was preceded by, and dependent on, actin that translocated by a yet unknown mechanism to mitochondria during cell death.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 6, 958-967 p.
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cofilin, actin, mitochondria, apoptosis, cytochrome c
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cell Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79787DOI: 10.1038/cdd.2011.180ISI: 000303822800006OAI: diva2:551763


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