Fanconi anemia is a rare, inherited disorder characterized by bone marrow failure, congenital malformations, and cancer susceptibility. The group C Fanconi anemia gene, FAC, identified by expression cloning methods, encodes a protein of unknown function that may be involved in the response to apoptotic stimuli. Hematopoietic progenitor cells from Fac knock-out mice are hypersensitive to IFN-γ, a molecule that can induce apoptosis through up- regulation of the Fas death receptor. In this study, we used FAC- overexpressing transgenic mice to examine the relationship between FAC and Fas-triggered cell death. Hematopoietic progenitors from FAC-transgenic mice were up to 10-fold less sensitive to the cytolytic effect of Fas-ligation. Our experiments implicate FAC in the regulation of apoptosis mediated by the Fas death receptor.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Aug 15 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research