Structure of the predominant protein arginine methyltransferase PRMT1 and analysis of its binding to substrate peptides

Structure. 2003 May;11(5):509-20. doi: 10.1016/s0969-2126(03)00071-6.


PRMT1 is the predominant type I protein arginine methyltransferase in mammals and highly conserved among all eukaryotes. It is essential for early postimplantation development in mouse. Here we describe the crystal structure of rat PRMT1 in complex with the reaction product AdoHcy and a 19 residue substrate peptide containing three arginines. The results reveal a two-domain structure-an AdoMet binding domain and a barrel-like domain-with the active site pocket located between the two domains. Mutagenesis studies confirmed that two active site glutamates are essential for enzymatic activity, and that dimerization of PRMT1 is essential for AdoMet binding. Three peptide binding channels are identified: two are between the two domains, and the third is on the surface perpendicular to the strands forming the beta barrel.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Coenzymes / metabolism
  • Dimerization
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptides / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases / chemistry*
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases / metabolism*
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Coenzymes
  • Peptides
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases

Associated data

  • PDB/1OR8
  • PDB/1ORH
  • PDB/1ORI