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Accepted name: [histone H3]-lysine9 N-trimethyltransferase
Reaction: 3 S-adenosyl-L-methionine + a [histone H3]-L-lysine9 = 3 S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + a [histone H3]-N6,N6,N6-trimethyl-L-lysine9 (overall reaction)
(1a) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + a [histone H3]-L-lysine9 = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + a [histone H3]-N6-methyl-L-lysine9
(1b) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + a [histone H3]-N6-methyl-L-lysine9 = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + a [histone H3]-N6,N6-dimethyl-L-lysine9
(1c) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + a [histone H3]-N6,N6-dimethyl-L-lysine9 = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + a [histone H3]-N6,N6,N6-trimethyl-L-lysine9
Other name(s): KMT1A (gene name); KMT1B (gene name); KMT1C (gene name); KMT1D (gene name); KMT1F (gene name); MT8 (gene name); SUV39H1 (gene name); G9A (gene name); EHMT1 (gene name); PRDM2 (gene name)
Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:[histone H3]-L-lysine9 N6-trimethyltransferase
Comments: This entry describes several enzymes that successively methylate the L-lysine9 residue of histone H3 (H3K9), ultimately generating a trimethylated form. These modifications influence the binding of chromatin-associated proteins. In general, the methylation of H3K9 leads to transcriptional repression of the affected target genes. cf. EC, [histone H3]-lysine9 N-methyltransferase, EC, [histone H3]-lysine9 N-dimethyltransferase, and EC, [histone H3]-N6,N6-dimethyl-lysine9 N-methyltransferase.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB
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