Control of the Hippo pathway by Set7-dependent methylation of Yap

Menno J. Oudhoff, Spencer A. Freeman, Amber L. Couzens, Frann Antignano, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Paul H. Min, Jeffrey P. Northrop, Bernhard Lehnertz, Dalia Barsyte-Lovejoy, Masoud Vedadi, Cheryl H. Arrowsmith, Hiroshi Nishina, Michael R. Gold, Fabio M.V. Rossi, Anne-Claude Gingras, Colby Zaph

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Methylation of nonhistone proteins is emerging as a regulatory mechanism to control protein function. Set7 (Setd7) is a SET-domain-containing lysine methyltransferase that methylates and alters function of a variety of proteins in vitro, but the in vivo relevance has not been established. We found that Set7 is a modifier of the Hippo pathway. Mice that lack Set7 have a larger progenitor compartment in the intestine, coinciding with increased expression of Yes-associated protein (Yap) target genes. Mechanistically, monomethylation of lysine 494 of Yap is critical for cytoplasmic retention. These results identify a methylation-dependent checkpoint in the Hippo pathway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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