High mobility group protein 17 cross-links primarily to histone H2A in the reconstituted HMG 17-nucleosome core practicle complex

G. R. Cook, P. Yau, H. Yasuda, R. R. Traut, E. M. Bradbury

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Abstract

The 'neighbor relationship' of lamb thymus high mobility group (HMG) protein 17 to native HeLa nucleosome core particle histones in the reconstituted complex has been studied. 125I-Labeled HMG 17 was cross-linked to core histones using the protein-protein cross-linking reagent 2-iminothiolane. Specific cross-linked products were separated on a two-dimensional Triton-acid-urea/sodium dodecyl sulfate-gel system, located by autoradiography, excised, and quantified. Disulfide bonds in the cross-links were then cleaved, and the protein constituents were identified by sodium dodecyl sulfate-gel electrophoresis. HMG 17 cross-linked primarily to histone H2A while lower levels of cross-linking occurred between HMG 17 and the other histones. In contrast, cross-linking between 2 HMG 17 molecules bound on the same nucleosome core particle was relatively rare. We have concluded that H2A comprises part of the HMG 17 binding site. Less contact occurs between HMG 17 and the other core histones, and there is little contact possible between the 2 bound HMG 17 molecules. These results are in agreement with the current model for the structure of the nucleosome and the proposed binding sites for HMG 17.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16185-16190
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume261
Issue number34
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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