Cathrine K. Fog and Giorgio G. Galli contributed equally to this work.
Prospects & Overviews
PRDM proteins: Important players in differentiation and disease†
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2012 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 50–60, January 2012
How to Cite
Fog, C. K., Galli, G. G. and Lund, A. H. (2012), PRDM proteins: Important players in differentiation and disease. Bioessays, 34: 50–60. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100107
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2011
The PRDM family has recently spawned considerable interest as it has been implicated in fundamental aspects of cellular differentiation and exhibits expanding ties to human diseases. The PRDMs belong to the SET domain family of histone methyltransferases, however, enzymatic activity has been determined for only few PRDMs suggesting that they act by recruiting co-factors or, more speculatively, confer methylation of non-histone targets. Several PRDM family members are deregulated in human diseases, most prominently in hematological malignancies and solid cancers, where they can act as both tumor suppressors or drivers of oncogenic processes. The molecular mechanisms have been delineated for only few PRDMs and little is known about functional redundancy within the family. Future studies should identify target genes of PRDM proteins and the protein complexes in which PRDM proteins reside to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the biological and biochemical functions of this important protein family.