Metabolic aspects of epigenome: Coupling of S-adenosylmethionine synthesis and gene regulation on chromatin by SAMIT module

Kazuhiko Igarashi, Yasutake Katoh

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Histone and DNA methyltransferases utilize S-adenosyl- L-methionine (SAM), a key intermediate of sulfur amino acid metabolism, as a donor of methyl group. SAM is biosynthesized by methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) using two substrates, methionine and ATP. Three distinct forms of MAT (MATI, MATII and MATIII), encoded by two distinct genes (MAT1A and MAT2A), have been identified in mammals. MATII consists of α2 catalytic subunit encoded by MAT2A and β regulatory subunit encoded by MAT2B, but the physiological function of the β subunit is not clear. MafK is a member of Maf oncoproteins and functions as both transcription activator and repressor by forming diverse heterodimers to bind to DNA elements termed Maf recognition elements. Proteomics analysis of MafKinteractome revealed its interaction with both MATIIα and MATIIβ . They are recruited specifically to MafK target genes and are required for their repression by MafK and its partner Bach1. Because the catalytic activity of MATIIα is required for the MafK target gene repression, MATIIα is suggested to provide SAM locally on chromatin where it is recruited. One of the unexpected features of MATII is that MATIIα interacts with many chromatin-related proteins of diverse functions such as histone modification, chromatin remodeling, transcription regulation, and nucleocytoplasmic transport. MATIIα appears to generate multiple, heterogenous regulatory complexes where it provides SAM. Considering their function, the heterooligomer of MATIIα and β is named SAMIT (SAM-integrating transcription) module within their interactome where it serves SAM for nuclear methyltransferases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalSub-cellular biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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