Feb 1, 1976

Basic polypeptides as histone models. Effect of conformation, base composition and methylation of nucleic acids on the interaction with H1 and histone models and on the circular dichroism of complexes

Nucleic Acids Research
J SponarC Zimmer


Interaction of histone H 1 and models simulating histone chains was followed by monitoring the melting curves of supernatants after the sedimentation of aggregated complexes. In a mixture of two DNAs the histones reacted selectively with (A+T)-rich and non-methylated DNA, respectively. H 1 and (Ala-Lys-Pro)n also interacted preferentially with DNA in a mixture with double stranded RNA whereas (Lys30,Ala70)n did not show any selectivity. (G+C)-rich DNA in complexes showed CD spectra the intensity of which decreased with increasing DNA methylation to values comparable with these of complexes of (A+T)-rich DNA. In complexed with double stranded RNA only the polymer (Lys30,Ala70) displayed CD pattern similar to spectra of complexes with DNA. It was concluded that formation and structure of complexes depend selectively on the DNA conformation and base composition.

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DNA Methylation [PE]
Histone antigen
RNA Conformation
Protein Methylation
RNA Denaturation
RNA, Double-Stranded
Complex (molecular entity)

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