1JXQ

Structure of cleaved, CARD domain deleted Caspase-9


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.80 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.275 
  • R-Value Work: 0.233 

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Literature

Dimer formation drives the activation of the cell death protease caspase 9.

Renatus, M.Stennicke, H.R.Scott, F.L.Liddington, R.C.Salvesen, G.S.

(2001) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98: 14250-14255

  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.231465798
  • Structures With Same Primary Citation

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • A critical step in the induction of apoptosis is the activation of the apoptotic initiator caspase 9. We show that at its normal physiological concentration, caspase 9 is primarily an inactive monomer (zymogen), and that activity is associated with a ...

    A critical step in the induction of apoptosis is the activation of the apoptotic initiator caspase 9. We show that at its normal physiological concentration, caspase 9 is primarily an inactive monomer (zymogen), and that activity is associated with a dimeric species. At the high concentrations used for crystal formation, caspase 9 is dimeric, and the structure reveals two very different active-site conformations within each dimer. One site closely resembles the catalytically competent sites of other caspases, whereas in the second, expulsion of the "activation loop" disrupts the catalytic machinery. We propose that the inactive domain resembles monomeric caspase 9. Activation is induced by dimerization, with interactions at the dimer interface promoting reorientation of the activation loop. These observations support a model in which recruitment by Apaf-1 creates high local concentrations of caspase 9 to provide a pathway for dimer-induced activation.


    Organizational Affiliation

    Program in Apoptosis and Cell Death Research, The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.



Macromolecules

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
Caspase-9
A, B, C, D
284Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: CASP9MCH6
EC: 3.4.22 (PDB Primary Data), 3.4.22.62 (UniProt)
Find proteins for P55211 (Homo sapiens)
Go to UniProtKB:  P55211
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PHAROS  P55211
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Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
benzoxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp-fluoromethyl ketone Inhibitor
E, F
5N/AMutation(s): 0 
Protein Feature View is not available: No corresponding UniProt sequence found.
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 2.80 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.275 
  • R-Value Work: 0.233 
  • Space Group: C 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 144.3α = 90
b = 81.8β = 111.7
c = 125.4γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
AMoREphasing
CNSrefinement
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History 

  • Version 1.0: 2001-12-12
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-27
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Atomic model, Database references, Derived calculations, Non-polymer description, Structure summary, Version format compliance