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Cell. 1999 Dec 23;99(7):723-33.

Telomerase-mediated telomere addition in vivo requires DNA primase and DNA polymerases alpha and delta.

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Department of Pathology, The University of Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.


To better understand the requirements for telomerase-mediated telomere addition in vivo, we developed an assay in S. cerevisiae that creates a chromosome end immediately adjacent to a short telomeric DNA tract. The de novo end acts as a telomere: it is protected from degradation in a CDC13-dependent manner, telomeric sequences are added efficiently, and addition occurs at a faster rate in mutant strains that have long telomeres. Telomere addition was detected in M phase arrested cells, which permitted us to determine that the essential DNA polymerases alpha and delta and DNA primase were required. This indicates that telomeric DNA synthesis by telomerase is tightly coregulated with the production of the opposite strand. Such coordination prevents telomerase from generating excessively long single-stranded tails, which may be deleterious to chromosome stability in S. cerevisiae.

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