Chromatin associated SETD3 negatively regulates VEGF expression

Ofir Cohn, Michal Feldman, Lital Weil, Margarita Kublanovsky, Dan Levy*

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SETD3 is a member of the protein lysine methyltransferase (PKMT) family, which catalyzes the addition of methyl group to lysine residues. Accumulating data suggest that PKMTs are involved in the regulation of a broad spectrum of biological processes by targeting histone and non-histone proteins. Using a proteomic approach, we have identified 172 new SETD3 interacting proteins. We show that SETD3 binds and methylates the transcription factor FoxM1, which has been previously shown to be associated with the regulation of VEGF expression. We further demonstrate that under hypoxic conditions SETD3 is down-regulated. Mechanistically, we find that under basal conditions, SETD3 and FoxM1 are enriched on the VEGF promoter. Dissociation of both SETD3 and FoxM1 from the VEGF promoter under hypoxia correlates with elevated expression of VEGF. Taken together, our data reveal a new SETD3-dependent methylation-based signaling pathway at chromatin that regulates VEGF expression under normoxic and hypoxic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37115
JournalScientific Reports
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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