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AVEN (Apoptosis caspase activation inhibitor) is known to play a role in male and female germ cell development. AVEN protein has also been shown to inhibit the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway by binding to and inhibiting the self-association of proapoptotic APAF-1, as well as binding to and enhancing antiapoptotic BCL-xL activity. AVEN has also recently been shown to function as an activator of the cell cycle-regulating ATM kinase in the DNA damage response pathway. Molecular weight of this protein detected by WB is 50 kDa (PMID: 22751129).