Protein arginine methylation: Cellular functions and methods of analysis

ArticleinBiochimica et Biophysica Acta 1764(12):1890-903 · January 2007with30 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbapap.2006.08.008 · Source: PubMed
During the last few years, new members of the growing family of protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) have been identified and the role of arginine methylation in manifold cellular processes like signaling, RNA processing, transcription, and subcellular transport has been extensively investigated. In this review, we describe recent methods and findings that have yielded new insights into the cellular functions of arginine-methylated proteins, and we evaluate the currently used procedures for the detection and analysis of arginine methylation.
    • "The interactions of RGG/RG motifs with RNA molecules are believed to be based on the arginine's positive charge but also on hydrophobic interactions . Accordingly, the improved binding of AUF1 p45 aDMA to the WNV RNA (Fig. 6A) may, to some extent, be related to a methylation-caused increment of the local basicity and hydrophobicity of the arginine residues (Bedford and Richard 2005; Pahlich et al. 2006). However, our data clearly show that the methylation of AUF1 p45 did not generally enhance the protein's RNA binding capacity because both the methylated and nonmethylated AUF1 p45 variants show a similar high affinity to the AU-rich element in the upstream portion of the WNV 3 ′ UTR and a comparable low affinity to unrelated RNA molecules (Fig. 6A). "
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    • "Besides lysine methylation, arginine methylation is also known to modulate gene expression in many organisms. Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) is a member of a protein family that catalyzes arginine methylation, a common post-translational modification that occurs in eukaryotes and regulates a myriad of processes through its effects on proteins involved in the modulation of chromatin structure, transcription, RNA processing, signal transduction and cellular differentiation, among other processes [100][101][102][103][104][105]. PRMT5 has been shown to modulate circadian rhythms in both plants and flies. "
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    • "In fact, several of these studies showed that PRMT4 and PRMT5 simultaneously control myogenesis, with both proteins having similar positive roles in the control of expression of genes known to play a key role regulating this developmental process1920212223. This is at odds with the current view that assumes that PRMT4, a type I PRMT, acts as a co-activator of gene expression, while PRMT5, the main type II PRMT, acts as a transcriptional repressor [3,4,10,24]. Whether the similar positive role that PRMT5 and PRMT4 play in the control of myogenesis is the exception or the rule is not known. "
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