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Novel mechanism for cell dealing with ROS: Asymmetrical arginine dimethylation of histone H4 by 8-oxog/OGG1/ PRMT1 is essential for oxidative stress-induced transcription activation, by Zhigang Guo and Feiyan Pan

It has been established that 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase 1 (OGG1) is the main enzyme removing oxidized guanine under oxidative stress. However, increasing evidence has shown that OGG1 is not only a base excision repair protein but also a new transcriptional coactivator involved in oxidative stress-induced gene expression. Its downstream target genes and the underlying regulatory mechanisms still need to be discerned. Here, it was discovered that c-Myc is a downstream target of OGG1 under oxidative stress and that H4R3me2a is involved in this transcriptional regulation. The increased level of H4R3me2a induced by H2O2 is regulated by OGG1, which may directly interact with the specific arginine methyltransferase PRMT1 and promote the asymmetrical dimethylation of H4R3me1. H4R3me2a enrichment on the promoter of c-Myc can recruit YY1 and activate c-Myc transcription. Moreover, knocking down OGG1 or PRMT1 suppresses c-Myc transcription under oxidative stress by downregulating H4R3me2a formation. Furthermore, the overexpression of wild type (WT) H4R3 promotes c- Myc transcription, but the expression of mutant H4R3Q does not have this effect. Taken together, our data show that the 8-oxoG/OGG1/PRMT1/H4R3me2a/YY1 axis senses oxidative stress and promotes gene transcription.

This paper has been online published on Free Radical Biology and Medicine 164 (2021) 175–186.