Curr Protoc Protein Sci. 2002 Feb;Chapter 21:21.8.1-21.8.16. doi: 10.1002/0471140864.ps2108s26.


Caspases are a family of cysteine proteases with a strict specificity for aspartate residues involved in inflammatory process and programmed cell death. This overview unit provides basic information on their structure, enzymatic activity, substrate specificity, activation,inhibition and their implication in pathologies. It is intended to be an overview for investigators that are unfamiliar with this family of enzymes but it is also applicable to scientists pursuing research in this field.

MeSH terms

  • Caspases* / chemistry
  • Caspases* / metabolism
  • Caspases* / physiology
  • Disease / etiology
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Protein Conformation
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Caspases