A Chemical Biology Toolbox for the Study of Protein Methyltransferases and Epigenetic Signaling
Scheer S., Ackloo S., Medina T., Schapira M., Li F., Ward J., Lewis A., Northrop J., Richardson P., Kaniskan HU., Shen Y., Liu J., Smil D., Luo M., Jin J., Barsyte-Lovejoy D., Huber KVM., De Carvalho D., Vedadi M., Zaph C., Brown P., Arrowsmith C.
Protein methyltransferases (PMTs) comprise a major class of epigenetic regulatory enzymes with therapeutic relevance. Here we present a collection of chemical probes and associated reagents and data to elucidate the function of human and murine PMTs in cellular studies. Our collection provides inhibitors and antagonists that together modulate most of the key regulatory methylation marks on histones H3 and H4, providing an important resource for modulating cellular epigenomes. We describe a comprehensive and comparative characterization of the probe collection with respect to their potency, selectivity, and mode of inhibition. We demonstrate the utility of this collection in CD4+ T cell differentiation assays revealing the remarkable potential of individual probes to alter multiple T cell subpopulations with important implications for T cell-mediated processes such as inflammation and immuno-oncology. In particular, we demonstrate a role for DOT1L in limiting Th1 cell differentiation and maintaining lineage integrity.