Fas-induced apoptosis is initiated through the recruitment of FADD and procaspase 8 to form the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC). In some cells (type I cells) the initiator caspase 8 directly activates effector caspases such as procaspase 3, whereas in others (type II cells) the death signal is amplified through mitochondria. In epithelial cells, Fas-induced hierarchic caspase activation is also linked with DEDD, a member of the DED family that binds to keratin (K) intermediate filaments (IFs). Hepatocytes are type II cells and their IFs are made exclusively of K8/K18. We have shown previously that K8-null mouse hepatocytes, lacking K8/K18 IFs, are more sensitive than their wild-type counterparts to Fas-induced apoptosis. Here, by examining the cell-death kinetics and death-signaling ordering, we found that K8-null hepatocytes exhibited prominent DISC formation, higher procaspase 8 activation and direct procaspase 3 activation as reported for type I cells; however they experienced a reduced Bid cleavage and a stronger procaspase 9 activation. In addition, the K8/K18 loss altered the DEDD ubiquitination status and nuclear/cytoplasmic distribution. Together, the results suggest that the K8/K18 loss induces a switch in Fas-induced death signaling, likely through a DEDD involvement.