The distribution of accessible antigenic sites in the chromosomal protein high mobility group one (HMG-1) in Chironomus thummi polytene chromosomes is visualized by immunofluorescence. The results indicate that (a) HMG-1 is distributed in a distinct banding pattern along the entire length of the chromosomes; (b) the banding pattern obtained with fluorescent antibody does not strictly correspond to that observed by phase-contrast microscopy; and (c) the amount of HMG-1 increases, and the fluorescent banding pattern changes, during the development of the organism. Our findings suggest that the protein may be involved in the modulation of the structure of selected loci in the chromosome.

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