Proteines e4 d'adenovirus destinees a induire la mort cellulaire

Adenovirus e4 proteins for inducing cell death

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The present invention relates to a pharmaceutical agent for induction of apoptosis for the treatment of human diseases which involve inappropriate cell survival, which includes adenovirus E4orf4, an analog or a biologically active fragment thereof and/or adenovirus E4orf6, an analog or a biologically active fragment thereof. There is also provided a pharmaceutical composition for the treatment of human diseases which involve inappropriate cell survival, which comprises a therapeutic amount of adenovirus E4orf4, an analog or a biologically active fragment thereof and/or adenovirus E4orf6, an analog or a biologically active fragment thereof in association with a pharmaceutical carrier. Included in the invention are methods for identifying compounds as analogs of the adenovirus E4 death proteins.

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