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Science. 2007 Mar 30;315(5820):1850-3.

Protein composition of catalytically active human telomerase from immortal cells.

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Cancer Research Unit, Children's Medical Research Institute, 214 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia.


Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein enzyme complex that adds 5'-TTAGGG-3' repeats onto the ends of human chromosomes, providing a telomere maintenance mechanism for approximately 90% of human cancers. We have purified human telomerase approximately 10(8)-fold, with the final elution dependent on the enzyme's ability to catalyze nucleotide addition onto a DNA oligonucleotide of telomeric sequence, thereby providing specificity for catalytically active telomerase. Mass spectrometric sequencing of the protein components and molecular size determination indicated an enzyme composition of two molecules each of telomerase reverse transcriptase, telomerase RNA, and dyskerin.

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