Chromosome Research

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 71–82 | Cite as

Composition and formation of heterochromatin in Arabidopsis thaliana

  • P. FranszEmail author
  • R. ten Hoopen
  • F. Tessadori


The term heterochromatin has been applied to both large-scale, microscopically visible chromocentres and small-scale, silent genes located outside chromocentres. This may cause confusion in the interpretation of epigenetic marks for both features. The model plant Arabidopsis thaliana provides an excellent system to investigate composition and function of chromatin states at different levels of organization. In this review we will discuss recent developments in molecular networks underlying gene silencing and the relationship with visible heterochromatin in Arabidopsis.

Key words

Arabidopsis DNA methylation gene silencing heterochromatin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, BioCentrum AmsterdamUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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