constitutive heterochromatin

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that state of chromatin in which it is dark-staining, genetically inactive, and tightly coiled.
constitutive heterochromatin the chromatin in regions of the chromosomes that are invariably heterochromatic; it contains highly repetitive sequences of DNA that are genetically inactive and serves as a structural element of the chromosome.
facultative heterochromatin the chromatin in regions of the chromosomes that become heterochromatic in certain cells and tissues; for example, it makes up the inactive X chromosome in female somatic cells.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

con·sti·tu·tive het·er·o·chro·ma·tin

repetitive heterochromatin that lies in secondary constrictions in the nucleolar organizers.
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During the cell cycle and meiosis, autosomal heterochromatin is typically highly condensed, and the DNA is thought to be inaccessible to the enzymes involved in recombination (Stack, 1984); similarly, the compact nature of constitutive heterochromatin may prevent penetration of the enzymes involved in the integration of mys retrotransposons.
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