Seems to be involved in transcriptional silencing in heterochromatin-like complexes. Recognizes and binds histone H3 tails methylated at 'Lys-9', leading to epigenetic repression. May contribute to the association of the heterochromatin with the inner nuclear membrane through its interaction with lamin B receptor (LBR). Involved in the formation of functional kinetochore through interaction with MIS12 complex proteins. Binds directly to CHAF1A. Interacts with histone H3 methylated at 'Lys-9'. Part of the E2F6.com-1 complex in G0 phase composed of E2F6, MGA, MAX, TFDP1, CBX3, BAT8, EUHMTASE1, RING1, RNF2, MBLR, L3MBTL2 and YAF2. Interacts with LBR, INCENP, TRIM28/TIF1B, SUV420H1, SUV420H2 and SP100. Interacts with TIF1A. Interacts with MIS12 and DSN1. Can interact directly with CBX5 via the chromoshadow domain. Interacts with POGZ. Interacts with CHAMP1. Interacts with ASXL1. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.