Mutations in the Type II protein arginine methyltransferase AtPRMT5 result in pleiotropic developmental defects in Arabidopsis

Plant Physiol. 2007 Aug;144(4):1913-23. doi: 10.1104/pp.107.099531. Epub 2007 Jun 15.


Human PROTEIN ARGININE METHYLTRANSFERASE5 (PRMT5) encodes a type II protein arginine (Arg) methyltransferase and its homologs in animals and yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe) are known to regulate RNA processing, signal transduction, and gene expression. However, PRMT5 homologs in higher plants have not yet been reported and the biological roles of these proteins in plant development remain elusive. Here, using conventional biochemical approaches, we purified a plant histone Arg methyltransferase from cauliflower (Brassica oleracea) that was nearly identical to AtPRMT5, an Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) homolog of human PRMT5. AtPRMT5 methylated histone H4, H2A, and myelin basic protein in vitro. Western blot using symmetric dimethyl histone H4 Arg 3-specific antibody and thin-layer chromatography analysis demonstrated that AtPRMT5 is a type II enzyme. Mutations in AtPRMT5 caused pleiotropic developmental defects, including growth retardation, dark green and curled leaves, and FlOWERING LOCUS C (FLC)-dependent delayed flowering. Therefore, the type II protein Arg methyltransferase AtPRMT5 is involved in promotion of vegetative growth and FLC-dependent flowering time regulation in Arabidopsis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Arabidopsis / enzymology
  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / growth & development*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism*
  • Arginine / metabolism
  • Brassica / chemistry
  • Flowers / growth & development*
  • Histones / metabolism*
  • Methylation
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases / genetics
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases / isolation & purification
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases / metabolism*
  • Seedlings / growth & development*
  • Time Factors


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Histones
  • Arginine
  • PRMT5 protein, Arabidopsis
  • Protein-Arginine N-Methyltransferases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/P78963
  • RefSeq/NP_006100
  • RefSeq/NP_009691
  • RefSeq/NP_038796
  • RefSeq/NP_194841