Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 935–940 | Cite as

Organ-specific expression of different histone H3 and H4 gene subfamilies in developing and adult maize

  • Nicole Chaubet
  • Bernadette Clément
  • Gabriel Philipps
  • Claude Gigot
Update Section Short Communication


The steady-state levels of H3 and H4 mRNAs transcribed from three H3 and two H4 multigene subfamilies were studied during germination and in different organs of maize. During germination the five subfamilies are expressed in parallel to DNA synthesis, but a 5-fold difference in the quantity of mRNAs transcribed per gene copy was found from our subfamily to another. In adult plants H3 and H4 mRNA levels are highest in organs containing meristematic tissues but also high in non-proliferating tissues. No strict tissue specificity expression could be detected but some subfamilies show preferential expression in some tissues.

Key words

expression germination histone genes maize subfamilies tissues 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Chaubet
    • 1
  • Bernadette Clément
    • 1
  • Gabriel Philipps
    • 1
  • Claude Gigot
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes du C.N.R.S.Université Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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