Transglutaminase 2 as a Marker for Inflammation and Therapeutic Target in Sepsis.


Su T(1)(2), Qin XY(1), Furutani Y(1).
Author information:
(1)Liver Cancer Prevention Research Unit, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan.
(2)Department of Intensive Care Unit, The Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital, Medical School of Nanjing University, Nanjing 210008, China.


Sepsis results in lethal organ malfunction due to dysregulated host response to infection, which is a condition with increasing prevalence worldwide. Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) is a crosslinking enzyme that forms a covalent bond between lysine and glutamine. TG2 plays important roles in diverse cellular processes, including extracellular matrix stabilization, cytoskeletal function, cell motility, adhesion, signal transduction, apoptosis, and cell survival. We have shown that the co-culture of Candida albicans and hepatocytes activates and induces the translocation of TG2 into the nucleus. In addition, the expression and activation of TG2 in liver macrophages was dramatically induced in the lipopolysaccharide-injected and cecal ligation puncture-operated mouse models of sepsis. Based on these findings and recently published research, we have reviewed the current understanding of the relationship between TG2 and sepsis. Following the genetic and pharmacological inhibition of TG2, we also assessed the evidence regarding the use of TG2 as a potential marker and therapeutic target in inflammation and sepsis.