IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: [ribulose-bisphosphate carboxylase]-lysine N-methyltransferase

Reaction: 3 S-adenosyl-L-methionine + [ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase]-L-lysine = 3 S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + [ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase]-N6,N6,N6-trimethyl-L-lysine

Other name(s): rubisco methyltransferase; ribulose-bisphosphate-carboxylase/oxygenase N-methyltransferase; ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit εN-methyltransferase; S-adenosyl-L-methionine:[3-phospho-D-glycerate-carboxy-lyase (dimerizing)]-lysine 6-N-methyltransferase; RuBisCO methyltransferase; RuBisCO LSMT

Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:[3-phospho-D-glycerate-carboxy-lyase (dimerizing)]-lysine N6-methyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme catalyses three successive methylations of Lys-14 in the large subunits of hexadecameric higher plant ribulose-bisphosphate-carboxylase (EC Only the three methylated form is observed [3]. The enzyme from pea (Pisum sativum) also three-methylates a specific lysine in the chloroplastic isoforms of fructose-bisphosphate aldolase (EC [5].

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 139171-98-5


1. Wang, P., Royer, M., Houtz, R.L. Affinity purification of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit εN-methyltransferase. Protein Expr. Purif. 6 (1995) 528-536. [PMID: 8527940]

2. Ying, Z., Janney, N., Houtz, R.L. Organization and characterization of the ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit N-methyltransferase gene in tobacco. Plant Mol. Biol. 32 (1996) 663-672. [PMID: 8980518]

3. Dirk, L.M., Flynn, E.M., Dietzel, K., Couture, J.F., Trievel, R.C. and Houtz, R.L. Kinetic manifestation of processivity during multiple methylations catalyzed by SET domain protein methyltransferases. Biochemistry 46 (2007) 3905-3915. [PMID: 17338551]

4. Magnani, R., Nayak, N.R., Mazarei, M., Dirk, L.M. and Houtz, R.L. Polypeptide substrate specificity of PsLSMT. A set domain protein methyltransferase. J. Biol. Chem. 282 (2007) 27857-27864. [PMID: 17635932]

5. Mininno, M., Brugiere, S., Pautre, V., Gilgen, A., Ma, S., Ferro, M., Tardif, M., Alban, C. and Ravanel, S. Characterization of chloroplastic fructose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolases as lysine-methylated proteins in plants. J. Biol. Chem. 287 (2012) 21034-21044. [PMID: 22547063]

[EC created 1999, modified 2012]

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