1 H, 13 C, and 15 N resonance assignments of CW domain of the N-methyltransferase ASHH2 free and bound to the mono-, di- and tri-methylated histone H3 tail peptides.


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The ASHH2 CW domain is responsible for recognizing the methylation state at lysine 4 of histone 3 N-terminal tails and implicated in the recruitment of the ASHH2 methyltransferase enzyme correctly to the histones. The ASHH2 CW domain binds H3 lysine motifs that can be either mono-, di-, or tri-methylated [ARTK(meX)QTAR, where X denotes the number of methylations], but binds strongest to monomethylated instances (K-d values reported in the range of 1 A mu m to 500 nM). Hoppmann et al. published the uncomplexed NMR structure of an ASHH2 CW domain in 2011. Here we document the assignment of a shortened ASHH2 CW construct, CW42, with similar binding affinity and better expression yields than the one used to solve the uncomplexed structure. We also perform H-1-N-15 HSQC-monitored titrations that document at which protein-peptide ratios the complex is saturated. Backbone resonance assignments are presented for this shortened ASHH2 CW domain alone and bound to an H3 histone tail mimicking peptide monomethylated on lysine 4 (ARTK(me1)QTAR). Likewise, the assignment was also performed for the protein in complex with the dimethylated (ARTK(me2)QTAR) and trimethylated (ARTK(me3)QTAR) peptide. Overall, these two latter situations displayed a similar perturbation of shifts as the mono-methylated instance. In the case of the monomethylated histone tail mimic, side-chain assignment of CW42 in this complex was performed and reported in addition to backbone assignment, in preparation of a future solution structure determination and dynamics characterization of the CW42-ARTK(me1)QTAR complex.
CW,Methylation,Histone-tail modification,Assignment
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