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Chromosoma. 1994 Jun;103(3):154-61.

Telomeric repeat sequences.

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Developmental Biology Center, University of California, Irvine 92717.


Chromosomes not only carry transcribed genes and their regulatory DNA sequences, but also contain regions that are required for the stability and maintenance of the chromosome as a unit. These include centromeres, telomeres and origins of replication. It is clear for replication origins and centromeres that the positions of these chromosomal organelles are determined by sites of the appropriate DNA sequences, but also that functional performance requires one or more contributing proteins. Telomeres are also structurally complex, with one or more DNA components, including simple telomeric repeats and more complex telomere-associated sequences, as well as one or more specific proteins that recognize these sequences. Accumulating evidence suggests that the simple telomeric repeats are required in most, but not all species, although they are not sufficient to determine the chromosomal position of a telomere.

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