WIKIMEDIA, HANNES ROSTA team led by investigators at the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics has found that methylation of Notch can have substantial effects on the protein’s activities. Their findings were published in Science Signaling this week (March 24).
Methylation “both leads to the degradation of Notch, but it is also very important for activation. It has an enigmatic role,” said geneticist Rhett Kovall of the University of Cincinnati, who was not involved in the work.
“Notch signaling is very context- and tissue-dependent,” Kovall continued. For example, “most of the time Notch is an oncogene, but there are a number of cases where it is actually a tumor suppressor. . . . It’s incredibly complex.”
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