Reconstitute to 0.1 μg/μl in PBS containing 15% glycerol. Store at -70ºC.
Purity was assessed by SDS-PAGE (≥90%) and by HPLC.
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Caspase-3 (also know as CPP32, Yama and apopain) is a member of the caspase family of cysteine proteases. Caspase-3 exists in cells as an inactive 32 kDa proenzyme. Proteolytic processing of this inactive proenzyme generates the 17 kD and 12 kD subunits which, when assembled as a tetramer (a pair of heterodimers), form the active caspase. Cascades of caspase activation have been shown to be key signal-transducing events in apoptosis. Procaspase-3, like other procaspases with short N-terminal prodomains, is considered to be a downstream or “effector” enzyme. Pro-caspase-3 can be cleaved and activated by caspase-8 and –10 which are themselves activated through interaction with death ligand receptor/adapter protein complexes (e.g., Fas/FADD). Procaspase-3 is also processed by caspase-9, the apical caspase that is activated by binding to the Apaf-1/cytochrome c/ATP “apoptosome”. Thus, activation of procaspase-3 stands at a point of convergence for the two major types of apoptosis signaling pathways-those linked to cell surface death receptors and those linked to mitochondrial release of cytochrome c.