We have developed a readily accessible disulfide-directed methodology for the site-specific modification of histones by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins. The disulfide-linked analog of mono-ubiquitylated H2B stimulated the H3K79 methyltransferase activity of hDot1L to a similar extent as the native isopeptide linkage. This permitted structure-activity studies of ubiquitylated mononucleosomes that revealed plasticity in the mechanism of hDot1L stimulation and identified surfaces of ubiquitin important for activation.
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- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology