Lysine methylation: Beyond histones

Xi Zhang, Hong Wen, Xiaobing Shi*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

163 Scopus citations


Posttranslational modifications (PTMs) of histone proteins, such as acetylation, methylation, phosphorylation, and ubiquitylation, play essential roles in regulating chromatin dynamics. Combinations of different modifications on the histone proteins, termed 'histone code' in many cases, extend the information potential of the genetic code by regulating DNA at the epigenetic level. Many PTMs occur on non-histone proteins as well as histones, regulating proteinprotein interactions, stability, localization, and/or enzymatic activities of proteins involved in diverse cellular processes. Although protein phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, and acetylation have been extensively studied, only a few proteins other than histones have been reported that can be modified by lysine methylation. This review summarizes the current progress on lysine methylation of non-histone proteins, and we propose that lysine methylation, like phosphorylation and acetylation, is a common PTM that regulates proteins in diverse cellular processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-27
Number of pages14
JournalActa biochimica et biophysica Sinica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • epigenetics
  • lysine demethylase (KDM)
  • lysine methyltransferase (KMT)
  • methylation
  • p53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Lysine methylation: Beyond histones'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this