Filling a GAP(DH) in caspase-independent cell death.


Mitochondrial outer-membrane permeabilization can lead to cell death even without activation of caspases. In this issue of Cell, Colell et al. (2007) identify the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase as a potent inhibitor of caspase-independent cell death that may allow metabolically active cells to survive mitochondrial insult.