Interphase nuclear envelope lamins form a discontinuous network that interacts with only a fraction of the chromatin in the nuclear periphery

Cell. 1990 Jul 13;62(1):89-106. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(90)90243-8.


Antibodies directed against nuclear envelope lamin proteins have been used in conjunction with three-dimensional light and electron microscope methodologies to determine the spatial organization of lamins in diploid interphase nuclei and to relate this organization to the positions of chromatin in the nuclear periphery. Using Drosophila early embryos, Drosophila Kc cells, and human HeLa cells, it is qualitatively and quantitatively observed that lamins are organized as a highly discontinuous, apparently fibrillar network that leaves large voids in the nuclear periphery containing little or no lamin. Using fluorescence microscopy to compare and quantitate the relationship between chromatin and the lamin network, it is found that although there is a strong tendency for the most peripheral chromatin to be positioned directly underneath a lamin fiber, only a small fraction of the chromatin in the nuclear periphery is sufficiently close to a lamin fiber to possibly be in direct contact.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatin / ultrastructure*
  • Drosophila / embryology
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • HeLa Cells / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Lamins
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Nuclear Envelope / ultrastructure*
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins / ultrastructure*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Chromatin
  • Lamins
  • Nuclear Proteins