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1RJG: Structure Of Ppm1, A Leucine Carboxy Methyltransferase Involved In The Regulation Of Protein Phosphatase 2a Activity
Structure of protein phosphatase methyltransferase 1 (PPM1), a leucine carboxyl methyltransferase involved in the regulation of protein phosphatase 2A activity
J. Biol. Chem. (2004) 279 p.8351-8358
The important role of the serine/threonine protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) in various cellular processes requires a precise and dynamic regulation of PP2A activity, localization, and substrate specificity. The regulation of the function of PP2A involves the reversible methylation of the COOH group of the C-terminal leucine of the catalytic subunit, which, in turn, controls the enzyme's heteromultimeric composition and confers different protein recognition and substrate specificity. We have determined the structure of PPM1, the yeast methyltransferase responsible for methylation of PP2A. The structure of PPM1 reveals a common S-adenosyl-l-methionine-dependent methyltransferase fold, with several insertions conferring the specific function and substrate recognition. The complexes with the S-adenosyl-l-methionine methyl donor and the S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine product and inhibitor unambiguously revealed the co-substrate binding site and provided a convincing hypothesis for the PP2A C-terminal peptide binding site. The structure of PPM1 in a second crystal form provides clues to the dynamic nature of the PPM1/PP2A interaction.