Cellular FLICE-inhibitory protein (c-FLIP) signalling: A key regulator of receptor-mediated apoptosis in physiologic context and in cancer

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Cellular FLICE-inhibitory protein (c-FLIP) is a catalytically inactive procaspase-8/10 homologue that associates with the signalling complex downstream of death-receptors negatively interfering with apoptotic signalling. Three c-FLIP splice variants have been identified: c-FLIPL, c-FLIPS and c-FLIPR, with all three functioning as apoptosis inhibitors involved in modulation of caspase-8/10 activity in both physiologic and pathologic contexts. Furthermore, a cell-type specific pro-apoptotic role, depending on caspase-8 to c-FLIPL ratio, has also been described for the long isoform. The present review summarizes recent findings concerning c-FLIP proteins' function and regulation, with a main focus on the c-FLIPL deregulated expression in cancer. The role of c-FLIPL as anti-apoptotic pro-survival factor in tumors and the potential utility of this molecule as a possible alternative therapeutic target are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010



  • Apoptosis
  • c-FLIP
  • Cancer
  • Death-receptors
  • Pro-survival signalling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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