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Structural insights into SETD3-mediated histidine methylation on β-actin

  1. Qiong Guo
  2. Shanhui Liao  Is a corresponding author
  3. Sebastian Kwiatkowski
  4. Weronika Tomaka
  5. Huijuan Yu
  6. Gao Wu
  7. Xiaoming Tu
  8. Jinrong Min
  9. Jakub Drozak  Is a corresponding author
  10. Chao Xu  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Science and Technology of China, China
  2. University of Warsaw, Poland
  3. University of Toronto, Canada
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e43676 doi: 10.7554/eLife.43676

Abstract

SETD3 is a member of the SET (Su(var)3-9, Enhancer of zeste, and Trithorax) domain protein superfamily and plays important roles in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension, muscle differentiation, and carcinogenesis. Previously we identified SETD3 as the actin-specific methyltransferase that methylates the N3 of His73 on β-actin (Kwiatkowski et al. 2018). Here, we present two structures of S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine-bound SETD3 in complex with either an unmodified β-actin peptide or its His-methylated variant. Structural analyses, supported by biochemical experiments and enzyme activity assays, indicate that the recognition and methylation of β-actin by SETD3 are highly sequence specific, and both SETD3 and β-actin adopt pronounced conformational changes upon binding to each other. In conclusion, this study is the first to show a catalytic mechanism of SETD3-mediated histidine methylation on β-actin, which not only throws light on the protein histidine methylation phenomenon, but also facilitates the design of small molecule inhibitors of SETD3.

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  1. Qiong Guo

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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  2. Shanhui Liao

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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    ajsod@mail.ustc.edu.cn
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  3. Sebastian Kwiatkowski

    Department of Metabolic Regulation, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
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  4. Weronika Tomaka

    Department of Metabolic Regulation, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
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  5. Huijuan Yu

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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  6. Gao Wu

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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  7. Xiaoming Tu

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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  8. Jinrong Min

    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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  9. Jakub Drozak

    Department of Metabolic Regulation, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
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    jdrozak@biol.uw.edu.pl
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-3601-3845
  10. Chao Xu

    School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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    xuchaor@ustc.edu.cn
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Funding

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31570737)

  • Chao Xu

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31500601)

  • Shanhui Liao

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31501093)

  • Huijuan Yu

Narodowe Centrum Nauki (UMO-2017/27/B/NZ1/00161)

  • Jakub Drozak

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31770806)

  • Chao Xu

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Philip A Cole, Harvard Medical School, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: November 19, 2018
  2. Accepted: February 19, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: February 20, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: March 5, 2019 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record updated: April 30, 2019 (version 3)

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© 2019, Guo et al.

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