Studies on protein methyltransferase in human cerebrospinal fluid

  • Jongok Park
  • Jeffrey I. Greenstein
  • Woon Ki Paik
  • Sangduk Kim


Protein methyltransferases, rich in most mammalian brains, were studied in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Among several well-characterized groups of methyltransferases, protein methylase I (S-adenosyl-methionine:protein-arginineN-methyltransferase, EC was found in significant amounts in human CSF samples. Both myelin basic protein (MBP)-specific and histone-specific protein methylase I activities were observed, the latter being generally higher in most CSF.S-Adenosyl-l-homocysteine, a potent product inhibitor for the methyltransferase, inhibited approximately 90% of MBP-specific protein methylase I activity at a concentration of 1 mM. The optimum pH of the MBP-specific protein methylase I was found to be around 7.2. Identity of exogenously added MBP as the methylated substrate for CSF enzyme was confirmed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. An amino acid analysis of the [methyl-3H]protein hydrolysate showed two major radioactive peaks cochromatographing with monomethyl- and dimethyl (symmetric)-arginine. Human CSF contained relatively high endogenous protein methylase I activity (activity measured without added substrate protein): The endogenous substrate can be immunoprecipitated by antibody raised against calf brain MBP. Finally, CSF from several neurological patients were analyzed for protein methylase I, and the results are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jongok Park
    • 1
  • Jeffrey I. Greenstein
    • 2
  • Woon Ki Paik
    • 1
  • Sangduk Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Fels Research InstituteTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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