HtrA2/Omi, a Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Academic Article uri icon


  • Mammalian mitochondrial HtrA2/Omi was originally described as an apoptosis inducer, but rather than having extra cells, mice with mutant HtrA2/Omi suffer from a neurodegenerative disease due to progressive mitochondrial damage. This suggests that instead of promoting cell death by antagonizing inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins, the primary function of HtrA2/Omi is to handle misfolded proteins in the mitochondria.

publication date

  • October 2003

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