The histone H2A variant macroH2A1 does not localize to the centrosome

Nathalie Friedman, Michal Barzily-Rokni, Sara Isaac, Amir Eden*

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MacroH2A1 is a histone H2A variant which contains a large non-histone C-terminal region of largely unknown function. Within this region is a macro domain which can bind ADP-ribose and related molecules. Most studies of macroH2A1 focus on the involvement of this variant in transcriptional repression. Studies in mouse embryos and in embryonic stem cells suggested that during early development macroH2A can be found at the centrosome. Centrosomal localization of macroH2A was later reported in somatic cells. Here we provide data showing that macroH2A1 does not localize to the centrosome and that the centrosomal signal observed with antibodies directed against the macroH2A1 non-histone region may be the result of antibody cross-reactivity.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere17262
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


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