We have developed a nonradioactive assay method for DNA methyltransferases based on the ability to protect substrate DNA from restriction. DNA immobilized to a microplate well was treated sequentially with methyltransferase and an appropriate endonuclease. The amount of methylated DNA product is reflected by a proportional decrease in endonuclease cleavage, which is in turn reflected by increased retention of the end-labeled affinity probe. A single universal substrate was designed to assay multiple methyltransferases including those that do not have a cognate endonuclease. The methodology developed is suited to screen a large number of compounds for inhibitors of various methyltransferases.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology