Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 11907096
J. Immunol. 2002 Apr;168(7):3387-93
Many molecules relocate subcellularly in cells undergoing apoptosis. Using coimmunoprecipitation experiments we demonstrate that Bad is not associated to 14-3-3 protein, suggesting a new mechanism for the control of the proapoptotic role of Bad. Here we show, by confocal microscopy and cellular fractionation, that Bad is attached to lipid rafts in IL-4-stimulated cells and thymocytes while associated with mitochondria in IL-4-deprived cells. Disruption of lipid rafts by methyl-beta-cyclodextrin treatment induces segregation of Bad from rafts, which correlates with apoptosis. Our results suggest that the interaction of Bad with rafts is a dynamic process regulated by IL-4 and involved in the control of apoptosis.