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Telomeres

  1. Elizabeth H Blackburn

Published Online: 22 JAN 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001167

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How to Cite

Blackburn, E. H. 2002. Telomeres. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Francisco, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JAN 2002

Abstract

Telomeres are specialized DNA-protein structures that occur at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. A special ribonucleoprotein enzyme called telomerase is required for the synthesis and maintenance of telomeric DNA.

Keywords:

  • telomeres;
  • telomeric DNA;
  • telomeric proteins;
  • telomerase;
  • chromosome stability;
  • telomerase RNA