REAPER (RPR) is a 65-amino acid protein that is critical activator of programmed cell death in Drosophila. On the basis of sequence alignment data, it was recently proposed that RPR might represent an ancestral molecule from which the death domain in a number of proteins may have evolved. We tested this idea by examining the activity of mutations in RPR that parallel inactivation mutations of the tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 death domain. The RPR mutants retained potent apoptotic function, suggesting that cell death activity mediated by RPR is distinct from signaling by the tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 death domain.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology