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Activation of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) by the adapter protein Daxx.

Chang H.Y., Nishitoh H., Yang X., Ichijo H., Baltimore D.

The Fas death receptor can activate the Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway through the receptor-associated protein Daxx. Daxx was found to activate the JNK kinase kinase ASK1, and overexpression of a kinase-deficient ASK1 mutant inhibited Fas- and Daxx-induced apoptosis and JNK activation. Fas activation induced Daxx to interact with ASK1, which consequently relieved an inhibitory intramolecular interaction between the amino- and carboxyl-termini of ASK1, activating its kinase activity. The Daxx-ASK1 connection completes a signaling pathway from a cell surface death receptor to kinase cascades that modulate nuclear transcription factors.

Science 281:1860-1863(1998) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]