Developmentally regulated expression of linker-histone variants in vertebrates

Eur J Biochem. 1994 Oct 15;225(2):501-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1994.00501.x.


The identification of histone H1 variants in vertebrates suggests that these proteins may have specialized functions. During embryonic development, a correspondence between the expression of each of the linker-histone variants and the proliferative and transcriptional activity of embryonic cells can be observed. Analysis of the developmentally regulated expression of these variants leads to the subdivision of these variants into distinct classes. This subdivision may also provide insight into the significance of the differential expression of variants and the roles individual linker histones have in chromatin structure and function.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromatin
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / genetics*
  • Histones / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Vertebrates


  • Chromatin
  • Histones
  • Nuclear Proteins