DEATH

DEATH domain, found in proteins involved in cell death (apoptosis).
DEATH
SMART accession number:SM00005
Description: Alpha-helical domain present in a variety of proteins with apoptotic functions. Some (but not all) of these domains form homotypic and heterotypic dimers.
Interpro abstract (IPR000488):

The death domain (DD) is a homotypic protein interaction module composed of a bundle of six alpha-helices. DD is related in sequence and structure to the death effector domain (DED, see IPR001875) and the caspase recruitment domain (CARD, see IPR001315), which work in similar pathways and show similar interaction properties [(PUBMED:11504623)]. DD bind each other forming oligomers. Mammals have numerous and diverse DD-containing proteins [(PUBMED:7482697)]. Within these proteins, the DD domains can be found in combination with other domains, including: CARDs, DEDs, ankyrin repeats (IPR002110), caspase-like folds, kinase domains, leucine zippers (IPR002158), leucine-rich repeats (LRR) (IPR001611), TIR domains (IPR000157), and ZU5 domains (IPR000906) [(PUBMED:15226512)].

Some DD-containing proteins are involved in the regulation of apoptosis and inflammation through their activation of caspases and NF-kappaB, which typically involves interactions with TNF (tumour necrosis factor) cytokine receptors [(PUBMED:14585074), (PUBMED:14601641)]. In humans, eight of the over 30 known TNF receptors contain DD in their cytoplasmic tails; several of these TNF receptors use caspase activation as a signalling mechanism. The DD mediates self-association of these receptors, thus giving the signal to downstream events that lead to apoptosis. Other DD-containing proteins, such as ankyrin, MyD88 and pelle, are probably not directly involved in cell death signalling. DD-containing proteins also have links to innate immunity, communicating with Toll family receptors through bipartite adapter proteins such as MyD88 [(PUBMED:12691620)].

GO process:signal transduction (GO:0007165)
GO function:protein binding (GO:0005515)
Family alignment:
View or

There are 1036 DEATH domains in 925 proteins in SMART's nrdb database.

Click on the following links for more information.