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1 August 2004 Repair of DNA Broken Ends is Similar in Embryonic Fibroblasts with and without Telomerase
Laura Latre, Anna Genescà, Marta Martín, Montserrat Ribas, Josep Egozcue, María A. Blasco, Laura Tusell
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Latre, L., Genescà, A., Martín, M., Ribas, M., Egozcue, J., Blasco, M. A. and Tusell, L. Healing of DNA Broken Ends is Similar in Embryonic Fibroblasts with and without Telomerase. Radiat. Res. 162, 136–142 (2004).

Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes, preventing end-to-end fusions and subsequent chromosome instability. Here we used a telomerase knockout model to investigate whether telomerase participates in the processes of DNA break repair by de novo synthesis of telomere repeats at broken chromosome ends (chromosome healing). Chromosome healing giving rise to new detectable telomeric signals has not been observed in embryonic fibroblasts of telomerase-proficient mice exposed to ionizing radiation. Since the synthesis of telomeric sequences to broken DNA ends would make them refractory to rejoining events, the efficiency of rejoining of broken chromosomes in cell environments with and without telomerase has also been investigated. We conclude that the efficiency of rejoining broken chromosomes is not significantly different in the two cell environments. All together, our results indicate that there is no significant involvement of telomerase in the healing of broken DNA ends by synthesizing new telomeres in mouse embryo fibroblasts after exposure to ionizing radiation.

Laura Latre, Anna Genescà, Marta Martín, Montserrat Ribas, Josep Egozcue, María A. Blasco, and Laura Tusell "Repair of DNA Broken Ends is Similar in Embryonic Fibroblasts with and without Telomerase," Radiation Research 162(2), 136-142, (1 August 2004). https://doi.org/10.1667/RR3203
Received: 5 November 2003; Accepted: 1 March 2004; Published: 1 August 2004
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