/his"tohn/, n. Biochem.
any of a group of five small basic proteins, occurring in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells, that organize DNA strands into nucleosomes by forming molecular complexes around which the DNA winds.
[1880-85; HIST- + -ONE]

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Any of a class of rather simple proteins occurring in cell nuclei and in combination with DNA to form nucleoproteins.

They can be obtained from both plants and animals. Unlike most proteins, they dissolve readily in water. They were discovered с 1884.

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      any of a group of simple alkaline proteins usually occurring in cell nuclei, combined ionically with DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) to form nucleoproteins (q.v.). A unit in which a molecule of a histone is bound to a segment of the DNA chain of genetic material is termed a nucleosome. It has been suggested that changes in these units are associated with changes in the physical state and function of the chromatin during cell division and the transcription of the genetic message. Discovered in avian red blood cell nuclei by Albrecht Kossel about 1884, histones are water-soluble and contain large amounts of basic amino acids, particularly lysine and arginine. They are abundant in the thymus and pancreas.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • histone — [ istɔn ] n. f. • 1904; histon 1890; du gr. histos « tissu » ♦ Biochim. Protéine basique du noyau cellulaire. Les histones forment des complexes avec l A. D. N. et interviennent dans l expression du message génétique. ● histone nom féminin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • histone — 1885, from Ger. histon (1884); see HISTO (Cf. histo ) + ONE (Cf. one) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Histone — In biology, histones are the chief protein components of chromatin. They act as spools around which DNA winds, and they play a role in gene regulation. Without histones, the unwound DNA in chromosomes would be very long. For example, each human… …   Wikipedia

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