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Eur J Cell Biol. 2008 May;87(5):291-303. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcb.2008.01.013. Epub 2008 Apr 8.

Chromatin changes induced by lamin A/C deficiency and the histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A.

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  • 1Institute of Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Královopolská 135, CZ-612 65 Brno, Czech Republic.


Recent studies have shown that histone code dictates the type and structure of chromatin. Bearing in mind the importance of A-type lamins for chromatin arrangement, we studied the effect of trichostatin A (TSA)-induced histone hyperacetylation in lamin A/C-deficient (LMNA-/-) fibroblasts. Lamin A/C deficiency caused condensation of chromosome territories and the nuclear reorganization of centromeric heterochromatin, which was accompanied by the appearance of a chain-like morphology of HP1beta foci. Conversely, histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition induced de-condensation of chromosome territories, which compensated the effect of lamin A/C deficiency on chromosome regions. The amount of heterochromatin in the area associated with the nuclear membrane was significantly reduced in LMNA-/- cells when compared with lamin A/C-positive (LMNA+/+) fibroblasts. TSA also decreased the amount of peripheral heterochromatin, similarly as lamin A/C deficiency. In both LMNA+/+ and LMNA-/- cells, physically larger chromosomes were positioned more peripherally as compared with the smaller ones, even after TSA treatment. Our observations indicate that lamin A/C deficiency causes not only reorganization of chromatin and some chromatin-associated domains, but also has an impact on the extent of chromosome condensation. As HDAC inhibition can compensate the lamin A/C-dependent chromatin changes, the interaction between lamins and specifically modified histones may play an important role in higher-order chromatin organization, which influences transcriptional activity.

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