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Differential shortening rate of telomere length in the development of human fetus.
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PMID:  24246679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Telomeres play an important role in the maintenance of genomic stability/integrity and are synthesized by the RNA-dependent polymerase telomerase. Progressive telomere shortening contributes to both in vitro and in vivo aging, and telomere length dynamics and telomerase expression profile in human tissues during extrauterine life have been well characterized. However, little is known about these changes in the early stage of gestation. In the present study, we determined telomere length and the expression of telomerase core units (telomerase reverse transcriptase, hTERT, and telomerase RNA component, hTERC) in human fetus tissues from 6 to 11weeks of gestational age. A sharp decline in telomere length occurred between 6 and 7weeks of gestational age, and a relatively stable or slightly shortened telomere length was thereafter maintained until birth. The inverse correlation between TERT or TERC expression and gestational age was steadily observed in these fetus tissues. Taken together, there is a rapid reduction followed by a slow erosion of telomere length in human fetus from gestational age 6-11weeks, while hTERT and hTERC expression decreases steadily during this period. The present findings not only contribute to better understandings of telomere/telomerase biology in human embryonic development, but also are implicated in telomere/telomerase-related diseases or problems.
Guanghui Cheng; Feng Kong; Yun Luan; Chao Sun; Jue Wang; Lei Zhang; Bao Jiang; Tonggang Qi; Jingjie Zhao; Chengyun Zheng; Dawei Xu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-11-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochemical and biophysical research communications     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1090-2104     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.     Publication Date:  2013 Nov 
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Created Date:  2013-11-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372516     Medline TA:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Central Research Laboratory, The Second Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, PR China.
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