Role of telomerase in radiocurability (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Tej K. Pandita
    • Joseph L. Roti Roti
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  • Published online on: Saturday, March 1, 2003
  • Pages: 263-270
  • DOI: 10.3892/or.10.2.263

Abstract

Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein complex that elongates telomeres by adding hexameric (TTAGGG) repeats to the telomeric ends of the chromosomes, thus compensating for the continued erosion of telomeres. Telomerase activity is present in unicellular organisms and germ cells, both places where it is expected to play a role in indefinite cycling and protection from shortening of the telomeres. One phenotypic manifestation that is virtually pathognomonic of several cancer cells is the telomerase activity. Telomerase activity is enhanced in several cell types after treatment with ionizing radiation (IR). Whether there is a direct correlation between the levels of telomerase activity and IR response for tumor cell kill is yet to be addressed in detail. In this review, information is summarized on telomerase activity as a measure for monitoring the radiocurability of tumors. As tumor growth is partly due to deregulated cell cycling, insights into telomerase activity through the cell cycle may prove helpful in designing therapeutic agents either for telomerase activation in cells where its expression can overcome senescence and prolong the life of post-mitotic cells, or inhibition of telomerase where it is essential for proliferation and thus can provide a therapeutic advantage to kill the tumor cells.
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March 2003
Volume 10 Issue 2

Print ISSN: 1021-335X
Online ISSN:1791-2431

2013 Impact Factor: 2.191
Ranked #33/202 Oncology
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Pandita, T., & Roti Roti, J. (2003). Role of telomerase in radiocurability (Review). Oncology Reports, 10(2), 263-270.
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Pandita, and Joseph Roti Roti. "Role of telomerase in radiocurability (Review)." Oncology Reports Oncology Reports 10.2 (2003): 263-270.
Chicago
Pandita, and Joseph Roti Roti. "Role of telomerase in radiocurability (Review)." Oncology Reports Oncology Reports 10 no. 2 (2003): 263-270.