Press Release 05-038
The First Key Piece of Telomerase
UCLA biochemists map a knot of RNA that's critical to the enzyme's functioning
March 14, 2005
Every time a cell divides, the tips of its chromosomes become shorter. That process is part of normal aging but is reversed in some groups of rapidly dividing cells by an enzyme known as telomerase. That ability also makes telomerase a key player in the spread of most cancers.
Now, in research that could lead to important new targets for drug intervention, biochemists at UCLA have determined the 3-dimensional structure of a critical piece of the enzyme.
For further information, see the UCLA news release.
This research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is the cover story in the March 4 issue of Molecular Cell.
Stuart Wolpert, UCLA, (310) 206-0511, email@example.com
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