Comparative biochemistry and physiology. B, Comparative biochemistry. vol:62 issue:4 pages:349-54
1. A procedure is described which gives clean chromatin preparations from the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. It involves homogenization using glass beads, collection of the precipitate from a low speed centrifugation, removal of cell membranes with Triton X-100, several washes with 0.14 M NaCl, sucrose density gradient centrifugation, a cycle of extraction and reprecipitation using dilute Tris buffer and 0.14 M NaCl respectively, and final extraction of the purified deoxyribonucleoprotein in 10 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8). 2. Acidic urea gel electrophoresis of the histones from C. elegans yielded 4 main groups which were preliminary identified as H1, H2a (+ H3?), H2b, H4 and moved on the gels in that order of increasing mobility. the coincidence of histone H3 with H2a was putative, but its presence was firmly suggested by the generation of a dimeric form in oxidizing conditions. 3. By SDS-Tris-glycine gel electrophoresis of the non-histone chromosomal proteins of C. elegans, about 18 proteins were distinguished with molecular weights ranging from 15,000 to 100,000 daltons.