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Histochem Cell Biol. 2000 Jun;113(6):433-42.

Spermatogenesis proceeds normally in mice without linker histone H1t.

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Zentrum Biochemie und Molekulare Zellbiologie, Abt. Molekularbiologie, Universität Göttingen, Germany.


The histone gene H1t is expressed exclusively in pachytene spermatocytes of the testis. In this report we have eliminated the single copy H1t gene by homologous recombination from the mouse genome to analyse the function of the H1t protein during spermatogenesis. Mice homozygous for the mutated H1t gene locus developed normally and showed no anatomic abnormalities until the adult stage. In addition, H1t-deficient mice were fertile and reproduced as wild-type mice. The process of spermatogenesis and the testicular morphology remained unchanged in the absence of H1t. RNase protection analysis demonstrated that H1.1, H1.2 and H1.4 histone gene expression is enhanced during spermatogenesis in H1t-deficient mice.

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