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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

New function of CDC13 in positive telomere length regulation.

Two roles for the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Cdc13 protein at the telomere have previously been characterized: it recruits telomerase to the telomere and protects chromosome ends from degradation. In a synthetic lethality screen with YKU70, the 70-kDa subunit of the telomere-associated Yku heterodimer, we identified a new mutation in CDC13, cdc13-4, that points toward an additional regulatory function of CDC13. Although CDC13 is an essential telomerase component in vivo, no replicative senescence can be observed in cdc13-4 cells. Telomeres of cdc13-4 mutants shorten for about 150 generations until they reach a stable level. Thus, in cdc13-4 mutants, telomerase seems to be inhibited at normal telomere length but fully active at short telomeres. Furthermore, chromosome end structure remains protected in cdc13-4 mutants. Progressive telomere shortening to a steady-state level has also been described for mutants of the positive telomere length regulator TEL1. Strikingly, cdc13-4/tel1Delta double mutants display shorter telomeres than either single mutant after 125 generations and a significant amplification of Y' elements after 225 generations. Therefore CDC13, TEL1, and the Yku heterodimer seem to represent distinct pathways in telomere length maintenance. Whereas several CDC13 mutants have been reported to display elongated telomeres indicating that Cdc13p functions in negative telomere length control, we report a new mutation leading to shortened and eventually stable telomeres. Therefore we discuss a key role of CDC13 not only in telomerase recruitment but also in regulating telomerase access, which might be modulated by protein-protein interactions acting as inhibitors or activators of telomerase activity.[1]


  1. New function of CDC13 in positive telomere length regulation. Meier, B., Driller, L., Jaklin, S., Feldmann, H.M. Mol. Cell. Biol. (2001) [Pubmed]
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