Linker DNA is double-stranded DNA in between two nucleosome cores that, in association with histone H1, holds the cores together. Linker DNA is seen as the string in the "beads and string model", which is made by using an ionic solution on the chromatin. Linker DNA connects to histone H1 and histone H1 sits on the nucleosome core. Nucleosome is technically the consolidation of a nucleosome core and one adjacent linker DNA; however, the term nucleosome is used freely for solely the core. Linker DNA may be degraded by endonucleases.
- Molecular Biology of The Cell, Fifth Edition, Alberts et. al, Garland Science, 2008