Effects of ligands on the stability of tissue transglutaminase: studies in vitro suggest possible modulation by ligands of protein turn-over in vivo
First Online: 09 November 2006 Received: 09 September 2006 Accepted: 05 October 2006 DOI:
Cite this article as: Bergamini, C. Amino Acids (2007) 33: 415. doi:10.1007/s00726-006-0457-0 Summary.
Tissue transglutaminase catalyzes irreversible post-translational modification of specific protein substrates by either crosslinkage or incorporation of primary amines into glutamine residues, through glutamyl-amide isopeptide bonds. Modulation in vivo of these reactions (collectively called “transamidation”) is brought about by both ligand dependent effects (chiefly, activation by calcium and inhibition by GTP) as well as by variation in enzyme tissue levels by transcriptional effects. Accumulating observations that the enzyme stability in vitro is greatly affected by interaction with ligands led us to postulate that also the turn-over in vivo might be modulated by ligands opening new scenarios on the regulation of the tissue transamidating activity. This proposal is consistent with data obtained in in vitro cell culture systems and has important implications for the expression of activity in vivo.
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