[en] Kidney medulla cells of mammals have to cope with large changes in environmental osmolarity, a challenge most other mammalian cells never have to experience. In these last cells, application of osmotic shocks induces dramatic modifications in chromatin organization. The present paper reports on the changes of medulla cell chromatin in situ, in rat kidney slices submitted to osmotic challenges and in vitro, on preparations of extracted chromatin submitted to changes in environmental ion concentrations. Our results show that the chromatin of kidney medulla cells: (1) does not behave differently from the other mammalian chromatins when submitted in situ or in vitro to osmotic challenges; (2) presents in vitro physico-chemical characteristics similar to those of the other mammalian chromatins; and (3) is protected in vitro, as the other mammalian chromatins, from the disrupting effects of increases in inorganic ion concentrations by different compensatory organic solutes. The ability of kidney medulla cells to adapt to large increases in osmolarity could thus be related to a rapid control of the level of such compounds rather than to some rather specific, intrinsic molecular adaptations of macromolecules.