Reaction: S-adenosyl-L-methionine + 2-(3-carboxy-3-aminopropyl)-L-histidine = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + 2-[3-carboxy-3-(methylammonio)propyl]-L-histidine
Other name(s): S-adenosyl-L-methionine:elongation factor 2 methyltransferase; diphthine methyltransferase
Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:2-(3-carboxy-3-aminopropyl)-L-histidine methyltransferase
Comments: 2-[3-Carboxy-3-(methylammonio)propyl]-L-histidine and the corresponding dimethyl compound can also act as acceptors; the trimethylated product, diphthine, is converted into diphthamide by EC 188.8.131.52 diphthineammonia ligase.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 114514-25-9
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