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Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 Nov 18;32(20):6096-103. Print 2004.

Functional role of G9a-induced histone methylation in small heterodimer partner-mediated transcriptional repression.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, PO Box 1527, Vassilika Vouton, 711 10 Herakleion, Crete, Greece.


Site-specific modification of nucleosomal histones plays a central role in the formation of transcriptionally active and inactive chromatin structures. These modifications may serve as specific recognition motifs for chromatin proteins, which act as a signal for the adoption of the appropriate regulatory responses. Here, we show that the orphan nuclear receptor SHP (small heterodimer partner), a coregulator that inhibits the activity of several nuclear receptors, can associate with unmodified and lysine 9-methylated histone-3, but not with the acetylated protein. The naturally occurring SHP mutant (R213C), which exhibits decreased transrepression potential, interacts less avidly with K9-methylated histone 3. We demonstrate that SHP can functionally interact with histone deacetylase-1 and the G9a methyltransferase and that it is localized exclusively in nuclease-sensitive euchromatin. The results point to the involvement of a multistep mechanism in SHP-dependent transcriptional repression, which includes histone deacetylation, followed by H3-K9 methylation and stable association of SHP itself with chromatin.

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