Fas Signaling pp 145-156 | Cite as

Tools for Activation and Neutralization of Fas Signaling

  • Pascal Schneider
Part of the Medical Intelligence Unit book series (MIUN)


Apoptosis mediated by the Fas / FasL pair of receptor and ligand is involved in physiological or pathological processes in which cell death is either required to eliminate potentially harmful infected, transformed or autoreactive cells, or is detrimental when healthy cells like hepatocytes are massively killed. Since the discovery of cytotoxic anti-Fas antibodies, agonists and antagonists of Fas and FasL have not only proven essential tools for this field of research, but also provided clues on the molecular mechanism of Fas activation. In order to signal apoptosis, Fas not only requires to be engaged by FasL, but also needs to be so in a multivalent fashion. Hence, agents that prevent higher order multimerization of Fas act as antagonists, even if they do bind Fas. The inherent resistance of a cell to suboptimal Fas signals is another essential factor regarding the outcome of Fas engagement. This review discusses agonists and antagonists of the Fas pathway that act at the level of the extracellular domain of either Fas or FasL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BiochemistryUniversity of LausanneEpalingesSwitzerland

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