Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab


  • Yong Lin
  • Mabel Padilla
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_7202-1



Necroptosis is a form of regulated or programmed and caspase-independent death in higher eukaryotic cells, in which the dying cells display the features of necrosis including cell swelling, mitochondrial dysfunction, plasma membrane permeabilization, and release of cytoplasmic content to the extracellular space (Zhou and Yuan 2014). Necroptosis can be a substitute form of cell death under apoptotic-deficient conditions. However, necroptosis may also occur when apoptosis is competent. Thus, necroptosis can be either a dominant or an alternate mode of cell death (Zhou and Yuan 2014; Jouan-Lanhouet et al. 2014; Giampietri et al. 2014).


History of Discovery

Necroptosis represents a portion of necrosis or necrotic cell death. Necrosis was discovered long ago and has been considered to be a purely unregulated, uncontrollable, accidental, and passive death process occurring when cells are...


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See Also

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molecular Biology and Lung Cancer ProgramLovelace Respiratory Research InstituteAlbuquerqueUSA