Bcl-2-related ovarian killer protein (IPR026309)

Short name: BOK

Family relationships


B cell CLL/lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) and related proteins comprise the Bcl-2 family. Bcl-2 proteins are central regulators of caspase activation, and play a key role in cell death by regulating the integrity of the mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes [PMID: 12631689]. Though originally characterised with respect to their roles in controlling outer mitochondrial membrane integrity and apoptosis, the members of the Bcl-2 family are involved in numerous cellular pathways [PMID: 20159550].

Bcl-2 and its relatives are functionally classified as either antiapoptotic or proapoptotic. All members contain at least one of four conserved motifs, termed Bcl-2 Homology (BH) domains. Antiapoptotic BCL-2 proteins contain four Bcl-2 homology domains (BH1-4). The major antiapoptotic proteins are Bcl-2-related gene A1 (A1), Bcl-2, Bcl-2-related gene, long isoform (Bcl-xL), Bcl-w, and myeloid cell leukemia 1 (MCL-1). They preserve outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) integrity by directly inhibiting the proapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins [PMID: 20159550].

The proapoptotic Bcl-2 members are divided into the effector proteins and the BH3-only proteins. The effector proteins Bcl-2 antagonist killer 1 (BAK) and Bcl-2-associated x protein (BAX) were originally described to contain only BH1-3; however, structure-based alignments revealed a conserved BH4 motif [PMID: 18551131]. Upon activation BAK and BAX homo-oligomerise into proteolipid pores within the OMM to promote MOMP (mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilisation). The BH3-only proteins function in distinct cellular stress scenarios and are subdivided based on their ability to interact with the antiapoptotic or both the antiapoptotic and the effector proteins [PMID: 20159550].

Bcl-2-related ovarian killer protein (BOK) is a member of the Bcl-2 family that may play a role in apoptosis [PMID: 9535847]. It is a potential proapoptotic effector protein, but there is no evidence to support a function akin to BAK or BAX.

Contributing signatures

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