Esperanto for histones: CENP-A, not CenH3, is the centromeric histone H3 variant

Journal Article

The first centromeric protein identified in any species was CENP-A, a divergent member of the histone H3 family that was recognised by autoantibodies from patients with scleroderma-spectrum disease. It has recently been suggested to rename this protein CenH3. Here, we argue that the original name should be maintained both because it is the basis of a long established nomenclature for centromere proteins and because it avoids confusion due to the presence of canonical histone H3 at centromeres. © 2013 The Author(s).

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Cited Authors

  • Earnshaw, WC; Allshire, RC; Black, BE; Bloom, K; Brinkley, BR; Brown, W; Cheeseman, IM; Choo, KHA; Copenhaver, GP; Deluca, JG; Desai, A; Diekmann, S; Erhardt, S; Fitzgerald-Hayes, M; Foltz, D; Fukagawa, T; Gassmann, R; Gerlich, DW; Glover, DM; Gorbsky, GJ; Harrison, SC; Heun, P; Hirota, T; Jansen, LET; Karpen, G; Kops, GJPL; Lampson, MA; Lens, SM; Losada, A; Luger, K; Maiato, H; Maddox, PS; Margolis, RL; Masumoto, H; McAinsh, AD; Mellone, BG; Meraldi, P; Musacchio, A; Oegema, K; O'Neill, RJ; Salmon, ED; Scott, KC; Straight, AF; Stukenberg, PT; Sullivan, BA; Sullivan, KF; Sunkel, CE; Swedlow, JR; Walczak, CE; Warburton, PE; Westermann, S; Willard, HF; Wordeman, L; Yanagida, M; Yen, TJ; Yoda, K; Cleveland, DW

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 106

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0967-3849

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10577-013-9347-y