PMID: 6805925Mar 1, 1982Paper

Immunofluorescent localization of lysine-rich histones in isolated nuclei from adult and embryonic chicken erythrocytes

Canadian Journal of Biochemistry
C V MuraJ M Neelin


Isolated nuclei from adult chicken erythrocytes were stained by indirect immunofluorescence for histones H5 and H1. Nuclei in 0.15 M NaCl stained for H5 showed internuclear variations in intensity of fluorescence from bright to dim. Most individual nuclei were homogeneously stained although some showed a bright rim around a dimmer interior. Treatment of nuclei with Tween 80 in 0.15 or 0.03 M NaCl also gave internuclear variation in intensity. Adult nuclei stained for H1 (in 0.15 or 0.03 M NaCl) showed little internuclear variation; most nuclei stained brightly with a brighter rim. Simultaneous staining of H5 and H1 in the same nuclei confirmed the variable fluorescence of H5 and consistent fluorescence of H1. Most nuclei showed the presence of both histones. Nuclei from embryonic blood cells also showed considerable internuclear variation of H5 fluorescence and less variation with H1 staining. For both histones the proportion of brightly staining nuclei increased with embryonic development. Difficulties in interpreting quantitative variations in immunofluorescence are discussed.

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