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Telomeric and Subtelomeric Repeat Sequences

  1. Dmitri Churikov,
  2. Carolyn M Price

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005065.pub3



How to Cite

Churikov, D. and Price, C. M. 2008. Telomeric and Subtelomeric Repeat Sequences. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008


Telomeric repeats are the tandem arrays of a short G-rich sequence that are present at the ends of most eukaryotic chromosomes. Subtelomeric sequences lie immediately proximal to the telomeric repeats and are composed of complex patchwork of low-copy repeated sequences, segmental duplications and degenerate telomeric repeats.


  • chromosome ends;
  • telomere;
  • subtelomere;
  • repeated sequence DNA;
  • genome stability;
  • interchromosomal recombination