The nuclear pore complex, nuclear transport, and apoptosis

Fahrenkrog, B.. (2006) The nuclear pore complex, nuclear transport, and apoptosis. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Vol. 84, H. 3-4. pp. 279-286.

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The nuclear pore complex (NPC) is the sole gateway between the nucleus and the cytoplasm of interphase eukaryotic cells, and it mediates all trafficking between these 2 cellular compartments. As such, the NPC and nuclear transport play central roles in translocating death signals from the cell membrane to the nucleus where they initiate biochemical and morphological changes occurring during apoptosis. Recent findings suggest that the correlation between the NPC, nuclear transport, and apoptosis goes beyond the simple fact that NPCs mediate nuclear transport of key players involved in the cell death program. In this context, the accessibility of key regulators of apoptosis appears to be highly modulated by nuclear transport (e.g., impaired nuclear import might be an apoptotic trigger). In this review, recent findings concerning the unexpected tight link between NPCs, nuclear transport, and apoptosis will be presented and critically discussed.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Fahrenkrog)
UniBasel Contributors:Fahrenkrog, Birthe
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:21
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:23

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