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Characterization of sequence variations in human histone H1.2 and H1.4 subtypes
Division of Clinical Biochemistry, Biocenter, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
Division of Clinical Biochemistry, Biocenter, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria.
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2005 (English)In: The FEBS Journal, ISSN 1742-464X, Vol. 272, no 14, 3673 -3683 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In humans, eight types of histone H1 exist (H1.1–H1.5, H1°, H1t and H1oo), all consisting of a highly conserved globular domain and less conserved N- and C-terminal tails. Although the precise functions of these isoforms are not yet understood, and H1 subtypes have been found to be dispensable for mammalian development, it is now clear that specific functions may be assigned to certain individual H1 subtypes. Moreover, microsequence variations within the isoforms, such as polymorphisms or mutations, may have biological significance because of the high degree of sequence conservation of these proteins. This study used a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatographic method to detect sequence variants within the subtypes. Two deviations from wild-type H1 sequences were found. In K562 erythroleukemic cells, alanine at position 17 in H1.2 was replaced by valine, and, in Raji B lymphoblastoid cells, lysine at position 173 in H1.4 was replaced by arginine. We confirmed these findings by DNA sequencing of the corresponding gene segments. In K562 cells, a homozygous GCC→GTC shift was found at codon 18, giving rise to H1.2 Ala17Val because the initial methionine is removed in H1 histones. Raji cells showed a heterozygous AAA→AGA codon change at position 174 in H1.4, corresponding to the Lys173Arg substitution. The allele frequency of these sequence variants in a normal Swedish population was found to be 6.8% for the H1.2 GCC→GTC shift, indicating that this is a relatively frequent polymorphism. The AAA→AGA codon change in H1.4 was detected only in Raji cells and was not present in a normal population or in six other cell lines derived from individuals suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma. The significance of these sequence variants is unclear, but increasing evidence indicates that minor sequence variations in linker histones may change their binding characteristics, influence chromatin remodeling, and specifically affect important cellular functions.

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Wiley InterScience , 2005. Vol. 272, no 14, 3673 -3683 p.
Keyword [en]
HILIC, linker histones, sequence variants, SNP, tumor cell lines
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16381DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2005.04793.xOAI: diva2:134383
Available from: 2009-01-20 Created: 2009-01-20 Last updated: 2009-06-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Histone H1: Subtypes and phosphorylation in cell life and death
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Histone H1: Subtypes and phosphorylation in cell life and death
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The genetic information of a human diploid cell is contained within approximately 2 metres of linear DNA. The DNA molecules are compacted and organized in various ways to fit inside the cell nucleus. Various kinds of histones are involved in this compaction. One of these histones, histone H1 is the topic of the present thesis. In addition to its structural role, H1 histones have been implicated in various processes, for example gene regulation and inhibition of chromatin replication.

H1 histones, also termed linker histones, are relatively conserved proteins, and the various subtypes seem to have different and important functions even though redundancy between the subtypes has been demonstrated. Despite the sequence conservation of H1 subtypes, two sequence variations were detected within the H1.2 and H1.4 subtypes using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatographic separation of H1 proteins from K562 and Raji cell lines in Paper I in the present thesis. The variations were confirmed by genetic analysis, and the H1.2 sequence variation was also found in genomic DNA of normal blood donors, in an allele frequency of 6.8%. The H1.4 sequence variation was concluded to be Raji specific. The significance of H1 microsequence variants is unclear, since the physiological function of H1 histones remains to be established.

H1 histones can be phosphorylated at multiple sites. Changes in H1 phosphorylation has been detected in apoptosis, the cell cycle, gene regulation, mitotic chromatin condensation and malignant transformation. Contradictory data have been obtained on H1 phosphorylation in apoptosis, and many results indicate that H1 dephosphorylation occurs during apoptosis. We and others hypothesized that cell cycle effects by the apoptosis inducers may have affected previous studies. In Paper II, the H1 phosphorylation pattern was investigated in early apoptosis in Jurkat cells, taking cell cycle effects into account. In receptor-mediated apoptosis, apoptosis occurs with a mainly preserved phosphorylation pattern, while Camptothecin induced apoptosis results in rapid dephosphorylation of H1 subtypes, demonstrating that H1 dephosphorylation is not a general event in apoptosis, but may occur upon apoptosis induction via the mitochondrial pathway. The dephosphorylation may also be a result of early cell cycle effects or signalling.Therefore, the H1 phosphorylation pattern in the cell cycle of normal activated T cells was investigated in Paper IV in this thesis. Some studies, which have been made using cancer cell lines from various species and cell synchronization, have indicated a sequential addition of phosphate groupsacross the cell cycle. Normal T cells and cell sorting by flow cytometry were used to circumvent side-effects from cell synchronization. The data demonstrate that a pattern with phosphorylated serines is established in late G1/early S phase, with some additional phosphorylation occurring during S, and further up-phosphorylation seems to occur during mitosis. Malignant transformation may lead to an altered G1 H1 phosphorylation pattern, as was demonstrated using sorted Jurkat T lymphoblastoid cells.

During mitosis, certain H1 subtypes may be relocated to the cytoplasm. In Paper III, the location of histones H1.2, H1.3 and H1.5 during mitosis was investigated. Histone H1.3 was detected in cell nuclei in all mitotic stages, while H1.2 was detected in the nucleus during prophase and telophase, and primarily in the cytoplasm during metaphase and early anaphase. H1.5 was located mostly to chromatin during prophase and telophase, and to both chromatin and cytoplasm during metaphase and anaphase. Phosphorylated H1 was located in chromatin in prophase, and in both chromatin and cytoplasm during metaphase, anaphase and telophase, indicating that the mechanism for a possible H1 subtype relocation to the cytoplasm is phosphorylation.

In conclusion, data obtained during this thesis work suggest that H1 histones and their phosphorylation may participate in the regulation of events in the cell cycle, such as S-phase progression and mitosis, possibly through altered interactions with chromatin, and/or by partial or complete removal of subtypes or phosphorylated variants from chromatin.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 97 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1086
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Cell Biology
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15925 (URN)978-91-7393-757-3 (ISBN)
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2009-01-16, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-01-20 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2009-06-24Bibliographically approved

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