Cell permeable fluoromethyl ketone (FMK)-derivatized peptides act as effective irreversible Caspase inhibitors with no cytotoxic effects and, therefore, are useful tools for studying Caspase activity.
Caspases are a family of cytosolic aspartate-specific cysteine proteases involved in the initiation and execution of apoptosis. They are expressed as latent zymogens and are activated by an autoproteolytic mechanism or by processing by other proteases (frequently other caspases). Human caspases can be subdivided into three functional groups: cytokine activation (caspase-1, -4, -5, and -13), apoptosis initiation (caspase-2, -8, -9, -and -10), and apoptosis execution (caspase-3, -6, and -7).
Caspases are regulated by a variety of stimili, including APAF1, CFLAR/FLIP, NOL3/ARC, and members of the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) family such as BIRC1/NAIP, BIRC2/cIAP-1, BIRC3/cIAP-2, BIRC4/XIAP, BIRC5/Survivin, and BIRC7/Livin. IAP activity is modulated by DIABLO/SMAC or PRSS25/HTRA2/Omi. Cell-permeable and irreversible peptide inhibitors are also available for different caspases.
Product Specifications for Caspase Inhibitor Control Z-FA-FMK
Preparation & Storage
The product is shipped with polar packs. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Store the unopened product at -20 to -70 °C. Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles. Do not use past expiration date.
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