The Bcl-2 protein blocks programmed cell death (apoptosis) through an unknown mechanism. Previously we identified a Bcl-2 interacting protein BAG-1 that enhances the anti-apoptotic effects of Bcl-2. Like BAG-1, the serine/threonine protein kinase Raf-1 also can functionally cooperate with Bcl-2 in suppressing apoptosis. Here we show that Raf-1 and BAG-1 specifically interact in vitro and in yeast two-hybrid assays. Raf-1 and BAG-1 can also be coimmunoprecipitated from mammalian cells and from insect cells infected with recombinant baculoviruses encoding these proteins. Furthermore, bacterially-produced BAG-1 protein can increase the kinase activity of Raf-1 in vitro. BAG-1 also activates this mammalian kinase in yeast. These observations suggest that the Bcl-2 binding protein BAG-1 joins Ras and 14-3-3 proteins as potential activators of the kinase Raf-1.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jul 9 1996|
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