Stains & CD markers

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PubMed Search: CD95[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. CD95. website. Accessed June 2nd, 2023.
Definition / general
  • Also called Fas, Apo-1, TNF receptor superfamily member 6, TNFRSF6
  • Cell surface membrane receptor that activates apoptotic pathways when bound by Fas ligand (FasL, CD178)
  • Extrinsic pathway: activation leads to assembly of a death inducing signaling complex (DISC) consisting of CD95, the Fas-associated death domain (FADD) adapter protein, the initiator caspase-8 (previously called FLICE or MACH) and cellular FLICE inhibitory protein (cFLIP), a regulatory protein that can block or promote autoproteolytic conversion of pro-caspase-8 to caspase-8 within the DISC; caspase 8 activates a cascade of caspases that ultimately activates caspase 3, which mediates apoptosis
  • Intrinsic pathway: involves release of cytochrome c from mitochondria, which complexes with apoptosis inducing factor 1, procaspase 9 and ATP, leading to caspase 9 activation, which activates caspase 3
  • Fas-FasL system mediates extra-thymic self-tolerance (FasL+ cells induce apoptosis in infiltrating Fas+ lymphocytes in testis, cornea), T cell mediated cytotoxicity, apoptosis during development, halting of immune response
  • Defects in Fas-Fas ligand pathway (usually Fas but occasionally FasL germline mutations) cause autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome, a rare childhood disorder associated with B cell lymphomas, classic Hodgkin’s lymphoma and nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Leuk Lymphoma 2004;45:423)
  • CD95 downregulation may reduce CD4+ T cells in HIV (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2002;126:28)
  • May be involved in clearance of benign ovarian epithelial inclusion cysts; derangement in pathway may cause ovarian surface epithelial carcinomas (Hum Pathol 2005;36:971)
  • Polymorphisms in Fas or FasL: associated with increased risk of autoimmune hepatitis (Am J Gastroenterol 2005;100:1322), increased risk of type II diabetes (Genes Immun 2006;7:316); Fas -670 AG genotype is associated with increased risk of preterm premature rupture of membranes (Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005;193:1132); Fas -670 AA genotype is associated with reduced liver graft survival (Tissue Antigens 2006;67:117); FAS -1377AA genotype is associated with increased risk of lung cancer (J Med Genet 2005;42:479)
Prognostic factors
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Cytotoxic T lymphocyte pathway

Uses by pathologists
  • Prognostic factors (above)
Positive staining - normal
  • Activated B cells, activated T cells (initially extra but nonfunctional Fas), resting T cells (low levels), numerous epithelium and connective tissue
Positive staining - disease
Negative staining
  • Invasive ovarian carcinoma
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