Embryonic inheritance of the chromatin organisation of the imprinted H19 domain in mouse spermatozoa
The ability of synthetic polydeoxynucleotides composed of oligoguanosine tracts of increasing length to form nucleosomes has been determined by several reconstitution procedures. When the presence of nucleosomes is determined by resistance to nuclease digestion, a protected band of approximately 150 base-pairs is detected only with difficulty for polymers containing long tracts of contiguous guanosines. However, when assayed by a shift in the electrophoretic mobility of radiolabeled polymers exchanged at 0.7 M-NaCl with authentic nucleosomes, all polymers tested are seen to form nucleosomes. Quantitative competitive reconstitution shows that the length of the tracts per se does not adversely affect their propensity to form nucleosomes, since even 150 base-pair poly(dG).poly(dC) forms nucleosomes as well as heterogeneous-sequence DNA. However, the ability to form nucleosomes does depend on the length of the polymer repeating unit.