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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Jul;1819(7):652-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2012.01.013. Epub 2012 Feb 2.

The HMGN family of chromatin-binding proteins: dynamic modulators of epigenetic processes.

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  • 1Protein Section, Laboratory of Metabolism, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA.


The HMGN family of proteins binds to nucleosomes without any specificity for the underlying DNA sequence. They affect the global and local structure of chromatin, as well as the levels of histone modifications and thus play a role in epigenetic regulation of gene expression. This review focuses on the recent studies that provide new insights on the interactions between HMGN proteins, nucleosomes, and chromatin, and the effects of these interactions on epigenetic and transcriptional regulation. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Chromatin in time and space.

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