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Transglutaminase Functions in Medicine

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Dear Colleagues,

Transglutaminases are a family of Ca2+-dependent enzymes which catalyze post-translational modifications of proteins. The main activity of these enzymes is the cross-linking of glutaminyl residues of a protein/peptide substrate to lysyl residues of a protein/peptide co-substrate. In addition to lysyl residues, other second nucleophilic co-substrates may include monoamines or polyamines (to form mono- or bi-substituted/cross-linked adducts) or –OH groups (to form ester linkages). In absence of co-substrates, the nucleophile may be water, resulting in the net deamidation of the glutaminyl residue. Transglutaminase activity has been suggested to be involved in molecular mechanisms responsible for both physiological and pathological processes. In particular, transglutaminase activity has been shown to be responsible for human autoimmune diseases, and Celiac Disease is just one of them. Interestingly, neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, supranuclear palsy, Huntington’s Disease and other polyglutamine diseases, are characterized in part by aberrant cerebral transglutaminase activity and by increased cross-linked proteins in affected brains. In this special issue we will focus on the possible molecular mechanisms by which these enzymes could be responsible for human diseases and the possible use of transglutaminase inhibitors for patients with diseases characterized by aberrant transglutaminase activity.

Professor Vittorio Gentile

Guest Editor



human diseases;

transglutaminases inhibitors

Submission Deadline: 15 October 2018

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Planned Authors

1. Elisabetta V. Edwards
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

2. Marcela V. Karpuj
Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

3. Said EL Alaoui
Covalab, Villeurbanne, France

4. Siiri Iismaa
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Darlinghurst, Australia

5. Salvatore Condello
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

6. Aaron Lerner
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel / Aesku.Kipp Institute, Germany

7. Richard J Ablin
The University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ, USA

8. Nancy A. Muma
University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Lawrence, KS, USA

9. Philip Bonner
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom

10. Richard Cerione
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Guest Editor

  • Professor Vittorio Gentile

    Department of Precision Medicine, CIRN - Interuniversity Center of Neuroscience Researches, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"

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