Caspase 3

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D.

Revised: 1 May 2018, last major update February 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

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Caspases topics: General, Caspase 7, Caspase 8, Caspase 9

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Cite this page: Pernick, N. Caspase 3. website. Accessed January 22nd, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Final common pathway effector caspase that carries out apoptosis; its presence means that apoptosis has not only been initiated but also occurred
  • Interacts with upstream caspases 8 and 9 (Wikipedia)
  • Cleaves PARP and ICAD
  • Cleaved caspase 3 (CCP-3) is the large fragment (17/19 kDa) of activated caspase 3 resulting from cleavage adjacent to Asp175; may have prognostic value if present in >10% of tumor cells in some malignancies
Uses by pathologists
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Detection of cleaved caspase 3

Cleaved caspase 3 in granular cell tumors