Origin and evolution of chromosomal sperm proteins.

  title={Origin and evolution of chromosomal sperm proteins.},
  author={Jos{\'e} M. Eir{\'i}n-L{\'o}pez and Juan Ausi{\'o}},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={31 10},
In the eukaryotic cell, DNA compaction is achieved through its interaction with histones, constituting a nucleoprotein complex called chromatin. During metazoan evolution, the different structural and functional constraints imposed on the somatic and germinal cell lines led to a unique process of specialization of the sperm nuclear basic proteins (SNBPs) associated with chromatin in male germ cells. SNBPs encompass a heterogeneous group of proteins which, since their discovery in the nineteenth… CONTINUE READING

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