Mouse, Canine, Rat reactivity reported in scientific literature (PMID: 15380478).
Packaging, Storage & Formulations
Store at 4C short term. Aliquot and store at -20C long term. Avoid freeze-thaw cycles.
0.05% Sodium Azide
Alternate Names for BAK Antibody
Apoptosis regulator BAK
BCL2L7bcl-2 homologous antagonist/killer
BCL2-like 7 protein
Bcl-2-like protein 7
pro-apoptotic protein BAK
The Bcl-2 family of apoptosis-related genes plays central roles in regulating apoptotic pathways (reviewed in Thomadaki and Scorilas, 2006). Regulation of cell death through apoptosis is critical for the maintenance of homeostasis, defense against infectious agents, and normal development. Bcl-2 family proteins regulate apoptosis primarily through the regulation of mitochondrial outer membrane permeability. In mammals, the family consists of both antiapoptotic (prosurvival) and proapoptotic (prodeath) members. Cellular homeostasis is thought to be dependent on a balance between the actions of antiapoptotic and proapoptotic proteins. Bcl-2 family proteins can be divided into 3 main subfamilies based on their function and the content of their Bcl-2 homology (BH) domains, for example: 1) Antiapoptotic: Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bcl-W, A1, and Mcl-1 2) Proapoptotic (multidomain): Bax, Bak, and Bok. 3) BH3-only (proapoptotic): Bad, Bcl-xS, Bid, Bik, Bim, Blk, Bmf, Bnip, Noxa, and Puma. Antiapoptotic members inhibit cells from undergoing apoptosis, whereas proapoptotic and BH3-only subfamily members promote apoptosis. There are 4 BH domains (1-4) conserved among Bcl-2 family proteins. The BH domains are important for function as well as for heterodimerization between family members. Typical antiapoptotic family members have all four BH domains (1-4), whereas proapoptotic (multidomain) members have BH1, 2 and 3 domains and BH3-only members have only the BH3 domain. Overall, the relative ratio of antiapoptotic and proapoptotic proteins determines the susceptibility of a cell to various apoptotic stimuli. Many Bcl-2 family proteins are differentially expressed in various malignancies and some are useful prognostic biomarkers. Antiapoptotic proteins are often elevated in diverse cancers and have the potential to confer resistance to both endogenous cell death stimuli and cancer treatments. Alterations in the ratio or levels of Bcl-2 family proteins have been also associated with nonmalignant diseases including neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, AIDs, Down syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and muscular dystrophy. This antibody recognizes Bak. Human Bak is a 211 amino acid protein, GenBank no. NP_001179.1.
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