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Cell. 2002 Oct 4;111(1):5-7.

Structures of SET domain proteins: protein lysine methyltransferases make their mark.

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UCLA Molecular Biology Institute and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA-DOE Center for Genomics and Proteomics, 611 Charles Young Dr. East, Box 951570, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.


Proteins bearing the widely distributed SET domain have been shown to methylate lysine residues in histones and other proteins. In this issue, three-dimensional structures are reported for three very different SET domain-containing proteins. The structures reveal novel folds for several new domains, including SET, and provide early insights into mechanisms of catalysis and molecular recognition in this family of enzymes.

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