Telomere Structure, Function, and Maintenance in Plants

Mi Kyung Kim, Woo Taek Kim

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Telomeres in eukaryotes comprise specific repetitive DNA sequences and binding proteins. Since their absence results in chromosomal end fusions and gene deletions, they are considered critical for genomic stability. In plants, as in yeasts and mammals, telomeres are essential for normal development and differentiation. Despite recent discoveries concerning plant telomeres, many questions remain about the mechanism of telomere homeostasis in plants. In this review, we summarize the roles of telomeres and telomerasebinding proteins in plant biology and explain how the length of a plant telomere is regulated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Plant Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2015R1C1A1A02037631 to K.M.K.).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Korean Society of Plant Biologists and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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