Detection and quantification of histone methyltransferase activity in vitro

Nwamaka J Idigo, Philipp Voigt

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Abstract / Description of output

Histone methyltransferases (HMTs) catalyze the methylation of lysine and arginine residues in histone as well as nonhistone substrates. In vitro histone methyltransferase assays have been instrumental in identifying HMTs, and they continue to be invaluable tools for the study of these important enzymes, revealing novel substrates and modes of regulation.Here we describe a universal protocol to examine HMT activity in vitro that can be adapted to a range of HMTs, substrates, and experimental objectives. We provide protocols for the detection of activity based on incorporation of 3H-labeled methyl groups from S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), methylation-specific antibodies, and quantification of the reaction product S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistone methyltransferases
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and protocols
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-0716-2481-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
PublisherHumana Press
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • histone methyltransferases
  • histone-lysine N-methyltransferase
  • histones
  • methylation
  • protein processing
  • S-Adenosylmethionine
  • post-translational


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