Regulators of apoptosis are thought to work in concert, but the molecular interactions of this process are not understood. Here, we show that in response to cell death stimulation, survivin, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) gene family, associates with another IAP protein, XIAP, via conserved baculovirus IAP repeats. Formation of a survivin-XIAP complex promotes increased XIAP stability against ubiquitination/proteasomal destruction and synergistic inhibition of apoptosis, which is abolished in XIAP-/- cells. Therefore, orchestration of an IAP-IAP complex regulates apoptosis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology