Stress-induced structural changes in plant chromatin

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2015 Oct:27:8-16. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2015.05.011. Epub 2015 May 29.


Stress defense in plants is elaborated at the level of protection and adaptation. Dynamic changes in sophisticated chromatin substructures and concomitant transcriptional changes play an important role in response to stress, as illustrated by the transient rearrangement of compact heterochromatin structures or the modulation of chromatin composition and modification upon stress exposure. To connect cytological, developmental, and molecular data around stress and chromatin is currently an interesting, multifaceted, and sometimes controversial field of research. This review highlights some of the most recent findings on nuclear reorganization, histone variants, histone chaperones, DNA- and histone modifications, and somatic and meiotic heritability in connection with stress.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Nucleus / chemistry
  • Cell Nucleus / genetics
  • Chromatin / chemistry*
  • Chromatin / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry*
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plants / chemistry*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Stress, Physiological*


  • Chromatin
  • Plant Proteins