Chromatin

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Chromatin is the complex combination of DNA and proteins that makes up chromosomes. It is found inside the nuclei of eukaryotic cells.

Chromatin is divided into heterochromatin (condensed) and euchromatin (extended) forms.[1][2] The major components of chromatin are DNA and histone proteins, although other proteins also occur. The functions of chromatin are:

  • to package DNA into a smaller volume to fit in the cell
  • to strengthen the DNA to allow mitosis and meiosis
  • to serve as a mechanism to control expression and DNA replication.

Chromatin contains genetic material: instructions to direct cell functions. Changes in chromatin structure are one way the action of genes is controlled.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Chromatin Network Home Page." (in English). http://chromatin.net/. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. Dame R.T. (2005). "The role of nucleoid-associated proteins in the organization and compaction of bacterial chromatin". Mol. Microbiol. 56: 858–70. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2005.04598.x. PMID 15853876.