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N-Benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp(O-Me) fluoromethyl ketone
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Quality Level

biological source



≥98% (TLC)






DMSO: 20 mg/mL
H2O: insoluble

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Gene Information

human ... CASP3(836)
mouse ... CASP3(12367)
rat ... CASP3(25402)

General description

Z-VAD-FMK inhibits yeast and mammalian peptide N-glycanase (PNGase). It induces apoptosis. Z-VAD-FMK might be associated with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress.


Z-VAD-FMK has been used:
  • to induce mixed-lineage kinase domain-like (MLKL) phosphorylation (p-MLKL) in L929 cells
  • to induce autophagy in Jurkat and K562 cells
  • to revert killing effects of oxaliplatin or oxaliplatin combination with chloroquine (CQ) on HCT116 and SW620 cell lines
  • as a caspase inhibitor to inhibit apoptosis and assess nuclear factor-kB, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp 70), proto-oncogene (cmyc) and tumor suppressor protein p53

Biochem/physiol Actions

Non-selective, cell permeable inhibitor of caspase-1- and caspase-3-related proteases.

Features and Benefits

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Bottomless glass bottle. Contents are inside inserted fused cone.



Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Deletion of Ripk3 prevents Motor Neuron death in vitro but not in vivo
Dermentzaki G, et al.
eNeuro, ENEURO-EN0308 (2019)
Peng Chen et al.
Theranostics, 10(11), 5107-5119 (2020-04-21)
Background and Purpose: RAS mutations limit the effectiveness of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibodies in combination with chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients. Therefore, new cell death forms have focused on identifying indirect targets to inhibit Ras-induced...
z-VAD-fmk inhibits peptide: N-glycanase and may result in ER stress
Misaghi S, et al.
Cell Death and Differentiation, 13(1), 163-163 (2006)
Increasing colorectal cancer cell sensitivity to oxaliplatin through hyperthermia and chloroquine treatment
Zheng C, et al.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, 9(2), 496-508 (2016)
Apoptosis inhibition can be threatening in Abeta-induced neuroinflammation, through promoting cell proliferation
Abdi A, et al.
Neurochemical Research, 36(1), 39-48 (2011)

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