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Linker histones are strongly bound to chromatin in mature avian erythrocytes and loosely bound to chromatin in mature amphibian erythrocytes
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Cell biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Cell biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Linker histones are known to participate in the formation and maintenance of higher order chromatin strnctnres and they are also involved in transcription control. Mature nucleated erythrocytes provide an experimental model to study linker histone binding in cells with highly condensed chromatin and extremely low transcriptional activity. The aim of this study is to investigate linker histone binding in avian and amphibian erythrocytes !mown to contain different subsets of linlcer histones. We used DAPI as an indirect cytochemical probe for the analysis of linker histone affinity for chromatin in situ. We found that linlcer histones were strongly associated to chromatin iu matnre hen erythrocytes which are known to accumulate considerable amounts of H5. Linlcer histones in matnre frog erythrocytes, known to accumulate HIo, showed significantly lower affmity for chromatin. We conclude that linlcer histone affinity is not a key factor for chromatin condensation.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79457DiVA: diva2:542462
Available from: 2012-08-01 Created: 2012-08-01 Last updated: 2012-08-01Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. A novel method using DNA binding fluorochromes as indirect probes to study linker histone-chromatin interactions in situ
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A novel method using DNA binding fluorochromes as indirect probes to study linker histone-chromatin interactions in situ
2000 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Over the years, a variety of methods have been used to study chromatin structure. These techniques have provided valuable information about nuclear framework, chromatin organisation, and the proteins that are involved in the formation and maintenance of chromatin. However, neither ultrastructural nor biochemical methods are suitable for investigating the dynamics of chromatin structure in structurally preserved nuclei. DNA binding fluorochromes can be used as indirect probes of chromatin structure, because their accessibility to DNA is detennined by the chromatin structure, which enables cytochemical studies of relatively undamaged cells. The aim of the work presented in this thesis was to develop a cytochemical method using the fluorocbromes 7-aminoactinomycin D (7-AAMD) and 4', 6-diamidino-2- phenylindole (DAPI) to study protein-DNA interactions in essentially intact cell nuclei.

Both fluorochromes proved to be useful as probes of chromatin structure, particularly to study Iinker histone-chromatin interactions. Suitable protocols for permeabilisation, salt extraction of linker histones, fixation, and staining were established. Permeabilisation with digitonin followed by linker histone extraction at various NaCl concentrations and subsequent fixation in paraformaldehyde was found to enable analysis of linker histone affinity for chromatin in situ. Although the cells became fragile during the salt extraction, this protocol provided individual cells that could be measured by image cytofluorometry.

In such analyses, DAPI had several advantages over 7-AAMD. At a concentration of 50 nM DAPI, all of the high-affinity binding sites were occupied, with only minor contributions from binding sites with lower affinity. This approach was used to study linker histone affinity in different types of cells, in cells in different stages of the cell cycle, and during cell differentiation in vivo. Our results indicate differences between the investigated cell types in regard to average Iinker histone affinity. It is generally assumed that increased linker histone affinity is associated with chromatin condensation, but that is not supported by our findings. Human fibroblasts showed substantially lower linker histone affinity for highly condensed metaphase chromatin than for interphase chromatin. Moreover, we found a tendency toward decreasing linker histone affinities in amphibian erytbroblasts that were developing into tenninally differentiated erythrocytes. However, as expected, mature avian erythrocytes showed strongly bound linker histones, probably due to their high arginine content. In conclusion, our results suggest that linker histone affinity is not directly involved in chromatin condensation.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2000. 42 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 625
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25682 (URN)10058 (Local ID)91-7219-582-7 (ISBN)10058 (Archive number)10058 (OAI)
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2000-05-11, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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