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Nucleic Acids Res. 1996 Feb 1;24(3):486-93.

Differential effect of H1 variant overexpression on cell cycle progression and gene expression.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216, USA.


To identify functional differences among non-allelic variants of the mammalian H1 linker histones a system for the overexpression of individual H1 variants in vivo was developed. Mouse 3T3 cells were transformed with an expression vector containing the coding regions for the H1c or H10 variant under the control of an inducible promoter. Stable, single colony transformants, in which the normal stoichiometry of H1 variants was perturbed, displayed normal viability, unaltered morphology and no long-term growth arrest. However, upon release from synchronization at different points in the cell cycle transformants significantly overproducing H10 exhibited transient inhibition of both G1 and S phase progression. Overexpression of H1c to comparable levels had no effect on cell cycle progression. Analysis of transcript levels for several cell cycle-regulated and housekeeping genes indicated that overexpression of H10 resulted in significantly reduced expression of all genes tested. Surprisingly, overexpression of H1c to comparable levels resulted in either a negligible effect or, in some cases, a dramatic increase in transcript levels. These results support the suggestion that functional differences exist among H1 variants.

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