, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 869-876
Date: 15 Feb 2007

Mitochondrial carriers and pores: Key regulators of the mitochondrial apoptotic program?


Mitochondria play a pivotal role in the process of apoptosis. Alterations in mitochondrial structure and function during apoptosis are regulated by proteins of the BCL-2 family, however their exact mechanism of action is largely unknown. Mitochondrial carriers and pores play an essential role in maintaining the normal function of mitochondria, and BCL-2 family members were shown to interact with several mitochondrial carriers/pores and to affect their function. This review focuses on the involvement of several of these mitochondrial carriers/pores in the regulation of the mitochondrial death pathway.