Regulation of transglutaminase activity in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have investigated the regulation of transglutaminase activity (epsilon-(gamma-glutamyl)lysine crosslinking enzyme) in Chinese hamster ovary cells in culture. We report that transglutaminase activity increases several-fold in CHO cells at maximum density in suspension culture. This increase cannot be explained by the presence of soluble regulators of the enzyme activity or the appearance of a new enzyme activity with a different affinity for substrate, but appears to be due to an increase in total enzyme activity. Treatment of CHO cells at low cell density with 8-bromo cyclic AMP results in a small increase (20--70%) in transglutaminase activity. By studying CHO mutants which have altered or absent cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinases, we have demonstrated that the effect of cyclic AMP on transglutaminase activity at low cell density is mediated by cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase. However, the protein kinase mutants show normal increases in transglutaminase activity at high cell density, indicating that cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase does not mediate density-dependent changes in transglutaminase activity.

published proceedings

  • Biochim Biophys Acta

author list (cited authors)

  • Milhaud, P. G., Davies, P. J., Pastan, I., & Gottesman, M. M.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Milhaud, PG||Davies, PJ||Pastan, I||Gottesman, MM

publication date

  • January 1980