Internuclear diffusion of histone H1 within cellular compartments of Aspergillus nidulans

Alexander P. Mela, Michelle Momany, Kirsten Nielsen
2018 PLoS ONE  
Histone H1 is an evolutionarily conserved linker histone protein that functions in arranging and stabilizing chromatin structure and is frequently fused to a fluorescent protein to track nuclei in live cells. In time-lapse analyses, we observed stochastic exchange of photoactivated Dendra2-histone H1 protein between nuclei within the same cellular compartment. We also observed exchange of histones between genetically distinct nuclei in a heterokaryon derived from fusion of strains carrying
more » ... rains carrying histone H1-RFP or H1-GFP. Subsequent analysis of the resulting uninucleate conidia containing both RFP-and GFP-labeled histone H1 proteins showed only parental genotypes, ruling out genetic recombination and diploidization. These data together suggest that the linker histone H1 protein can diffuse between non-daughter nuclei in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201828 pmid:30114268 fatcat:zgfgnlle2veghakxmyhq3c2drm