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Dynamic associations of heterochromatin protein 1 with the nuclear envelope

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ian Cowell


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To study the dynamics of mammalian HP1 proteins we have microinjected recombinant forms of mHP1alpha, M31 and M32 into the cytoplasm of living cells. As could be expected from previous studies, the three fusion proteins were efficiently transported into the nucleus and targeted specific chromatin areas. However, before incorporation into these areas the exogenous proteins accumulated in a peripheral zone and associated closely with the nuclear envelope. This transient association did not occur when the cells were treated with deacetylase inhibitors, indicating an acetylation-inhibited interaction. In line with these observations, recombinant HP1 proteins exhibited saturable binding to purified nuclear envelopes and stained the nuclei of detergent-permeabilized cells in a rim-like fashion. Competition experiments with various M31 mutants allowed mapping of the nuclear envelope-binding site within an N-terminal region that includes the chromodomain. A His(6)-tagged peptide representing this region inhibited recruitment of LAP2beta and B-type lamins around the surfaces of condensed chromosomes, suggesting involvement of HP1 proteins in nuclear envelope reassembly

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Author(s): Kourmouli N, Theodoropoulos PA, Dialynas G, Bakou A, Politou AS, Cowell IG, Singh PB, Georgatos SD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The EMBO Journal

Year: 2000

Volume: 19

Issue: 23

Pages: 6558-6568

ISSN (print): 0261-4189

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2075

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1093/emboj/19.23.6558

PubMed id: 11101528


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