Telomeres and Telomerase

Julian Chen, J. D. Podlevsky

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Eukaryotic genomes are organized into linear chromosomes which require unique systems for protecting the ends. Telomeres are end-capping structures that prevent chromosome termini from undesirable fusion events. The integrity and length of telomeres are crucial for chromosome stability. Telomere integrity is maintained by telomeric proteins that specifically coat and protect telomeric DNA. The length of telomeric DNA is maintained by the telomerase enzyme that synthesizes telomeric DNA repeats onto chromosome ends from a short template sequence within its integral RNA component. Mutations that negatively affect telomerase, telomere integrity or length result in chromosome instability, cell death, and human disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Cell Biology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123944474
ISBN (Print)9780123947963
StatePublished - 2016


  • Ageing
  • Cancer
  • Chromosome ends
  • Chromosome fusions
  • Dyskerin
  • End replication problem
  • Lagging strand
  • Leading strand
  • Reverse transcriptase
  • ScaRNA
  • SnoRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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