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Structural basis for histone variant H3tK27me3 recognition by PHF1 and PHF19

  1. Cheng Dong
  2. Reiko Nakagawa
  3. Kyohei Oyama
  4. Yusuke Yamamoto
  5. Weilian Zhang
  6. Aiping Dong
  7. Yanjun Li
  8. Yuriko Yoshimura
  9. Hiroyuki Kamiya
  10. Jun-ichi Nakayama
  11. Jun Ueda
  12. Jinrong Min  Is a corresponding author
  1. Tianjin Medical University, China
  2. RIKEN, Japan
  3. Asahikawa Medical University, Japan
  4. University of Toronto, Canada
  5. National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
  6. National Institute of Basic Biology, Japan
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e58675 doi: 10.7554/eLife.58675

Abstract

The PRC2 (Polycomb repressive complex 2) complex is a multi-component histone H3K27 methyltransferase, best known for silencing Hox genes during embryonic development. The Polycomb-like proteins PHF1, MTF2 and PHF19 are critical components of PRC2 by stimulating its catalytic activity in embryonic stem (ES) cells. The Tudor domains of PHF1/19 have been previously shown to be readers of H3K36me3 in vitro. However, some other studies suggest that PHF1 and PHF19 co-localize with the H3K27me3 mark, but not H3K36me3 in cells. Here, we provide further evidence that PHF1 co-localizes with H3t in testis, and its Tudor domain preferentially binds to H3tK27me3 over canonical H3K27me3 in vitro. Our complex structures of the Tudor domains of PHF1 and PHF19 with H3tK27me3 shed light on the molecular basis for preferential recognition of H3tK27me3 by PHF1 and PHF19 over canonical H3K27me3, implicating that H3tK27me3 might be a physiological ligand of PHF1/19.

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  1. Cheng Dong

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
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  2. Reiko Nakagawa

    Laboratory for Phyloinformatics, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan
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  3. Kyohei Oyama

    Department of Cardiac Surgery, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan
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  4. Yusuke Yamamoto

    Department of Cardiac Surgery, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan
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  5. Weilian Zhang

    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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  6. Aiping Dong

    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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  7. Yanjun Li

    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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  8. Yuriko Yoshimura

    Division of Chromatin Regulation, National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan
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  9. Hiroyuki Kamiya

    Department of Cardiac Surgery, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan
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  10. Jun-ichi Nakayama

    Division of Chromatin Regulation, National Institute of Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan
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  11. Jun Ueda

    Department of Cardiac Surgery, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan
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  12. Jinrong Min

    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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    jr.min@utoronto.ca
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Funding

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31900865)

  • Cheng Dong

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. Xiaobing Shi, Van Andel Institute, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: May 8, 2020
  2. Accepted: August 29, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 1, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: September 2, 2020 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: September 15, 2020 (version 3)

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© 2020, Dong et al.

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