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Plant Centromeres

  1. Alexander V Vershinin

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020112



How to Cite

Vershinin, A. V. 2007. Plant Centromeres. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007


The centromere functions are conserved among all eukaryotes but different organisms have strikingly different centromeric deoxyribonucleic acids (DNAs). Currently in molecular terms, the functional centromere can be defined as a domain of the chromosome where DNA sequences interact with the kinetochore components – proteins. A fundamental feature of all the studied centromeres is a specialized histone H3 variant known as centromeric histone (CENH3). Adaptive evolution of the molecular components contributed to the epigenetic modulation of centomere activity.


  • chromosome;
  • centromere;
  • tandem DNA repeats;
  • CENH3 protein;
  • adaptive evolution