Jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) mediates a physiological stress signal that leads to cell death. However, the role of the JNK pathway in intrinsic cell death execution mechanisms is largely unknown. In a genetic screen for dominant suppressors of Reaper (Rpr)-induced cell death, we identified Drosophila chromosomal regions that contain genes which are homologous to apoptosis signal-regulating kinase (ASK1) and Drosophila tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 1 (DTRAF1). We present evidence that the killer signal initiates the JNK pathway via proteasome-mediated degradation of Drosophila inhibitor of apoptosis protein 1 (DIAP1) to promote cell death.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology