Protein Interfaces in Signaling Regulated by Arginine Methylation

Science's STKE  15 Feb 2005:
Vol. 2005, Issue 271, pp. re2
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2712005re2

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Posttranslational modifications are well-known effectors of signal transduction. Arginine methylation is a covalent modification that results in the addition of methyl groups to the nitrogen atoms of the arginine side chains. A probable role of arginine methylation in signal transduction is emerging with the identification of new arginine-methylated proteins. However, the functional consequences of arginine methylation and its mode of regulation remain unknown. The identification of the protein arginine methyltransferase family and the development of methylarginine-specific antibodies have raised renewed interest in this modification during the last decade. Arginine methylation was mainly observed on abundant proteins such as RNA-binding proteins and histones, but recent advances have revealed a plethora of arginine-methylated proteins implicated in a variety of cellular processes, including signaling by interferon and cytokines, and in T cell signaling. We discuss these recent advances and the role of arginine methylation in signal transduction.

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