Genetically directing epsilon-N, N-dimethyl-L-lysine in recombinant histones

Duy P. Nguyen, Maria M. Garcia Alai, Satpal Virdee, Jason W. Chin

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    A molecular understanding of the biological phenomena orchestrated by lysine NE-methylation is impeded by the challenge of producing site-specifically and quantitatively methylated histones Here, we report a general method that combines genetic code expansion and chemoselective reactions, for the quantitative, site-specific installation of dimethyllysine in recombinant histones We demonstrate the utility of our method by preparing H3K9me2 and show that this modified histone is specifically recognized by heterochromatin protein 1 beta Extensions of the strategy reported here will allow a range of chemoselective reactions (which have been used for residue-selective, but not site-selective protein modification) to be leveraged for site-specific protein modification

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1072-1076
    Number of pages5
    JournalChemistry & Biology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2010


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