Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits RNA polymerase II regulatory region sequence-specific DNA binding activity and histone methyltransferase activity (H3-K9 specific). Involved in several processes, including blastocyst hatching; histone H3-K9 methylation; and regulation of cellular response to stress. Localizes to the chromatin silencing complex and heterochromatin. Orthologous to human SUV39H1 (suppressor of variegation 3-9 homolog 1).