Histone tails?

Histone tails?


¿En genética a qué hace referencia el concepto de "histones tails"?

updated OCT 22, 2009
edited by 00494d19
posted by jesus-llastarri-garcia
Por favor, use la correcta ortografía. - 00494d19, SEP 12, 2009

4 Answers


Histone tails are responsible for the expansion and contraction of DNA. If you look at diagrams of mitosis and meiosis, you can see how the chromatin expands and contracts. During the replication stage, the DNA is completely unwound (giving the nucleus a clear appearance) allowing rRNA to do it´s job.

The tails bond covalently, I don´t remember if it´s to DNA or to other histones, but these bonds wind up the DNA to give it the X or Y appearance as seen under the microscope.

You shouldn´t need to know more than that in an intro class.


updated OCT 22, 2009
posted by quépasa

Histone tails are portions of histone proteins that, with the activity of other corepressors/coactivators, help to regulate the expression of DNA (Transcription). There is also evidence to suggest that the N-terminal tails aid in the formation of 30-nm chromatin fibers.

During the replication stage, the DNA is completely unwound (giving the nucleus a clear appearance) allowing rRNA to do it´s job.

This information is partially incorrect (I have studied molecular biology for the past 5 years). rRNA does not have anything to do with DNA replication. I think what you may be thinking of is translation and not replication (although, histones do have a role in the regulation of DNA replication).

Different modifications of different positions of the N-terminal tail have been linked to various results. For example, here is short a list of some of the effects known to occur as a result of histone tail modifications:

1). Unmodified - possible gene silencing

2). acetylated (position dependent) - gene expression, histone deposition

3). phosphorylated (position dependent) - mitosis/meiosis (replication)

4). methylation - gene silencing

If you are interested. Here are a few helpful animation of DNA replication that are easy to watch and understand. I always find that visualizations are a good aid to understanding concepts such as these:

1). Replicación del ADN (en español), DNA Replication Process

2). Good Animation of DNA replication

3). DNA Packing: role of histones

4). DNA Packing: role of histones - higher quality

5). The role of Histone Tail Acetylation (epigenetic factors) to Regulate DNA Replication

6). Histone Deacetylation

updated OCT 22, 2009
edited by Izanoni1
posted by Izanoni1

Read this article until you get to where they start discussing N-terminal tails then research from there.


Siento que el artículo es en inglés. ![n-terminal tails][2]

[2]: tail


[2]: tail2

updated SEP 12, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507

The assembly of higher order chromatin structures has been linked to the covalent modifications of histone tails

Es lo único que he podido encontrar. No sé si alguien lo puede explicar.

updated SEP 12, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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