, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 103-111

Detection of a CpA methylase in an insect system: characterization and substrate specificity

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A cytosine-specific DNA methyltransferase (EC has been purified to near homogeneity from a mealybug (Planococcus lilacinus). The enzyme can methylate cytosine residues in CpG sequences as well as CpA sequences. The apparent molecular weight of the enzyme was estimated as 135,000 daltons by FPLC. The enzyme exhibits a processive mode of action and a salt dependance similar to mammalian methylases. Mealybug methylase exhibits a preference for denatured DNA substrates.