, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 431-441
Date: 25 Aug 2005

Drosophila telomeres: the non-telomerase alternative

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In most eukaryotes, telomeres are composed of simple repetitive sequences renewable by telomerase. By contrast, Drosophila telomeres comprise arrays of non-LTR retrotransposons HeT-A, TART, and TAHRE belonging to three different families. However, closer inspection reveals that the two quite different telomere systems share quite a few components and regulatory circuits. Here we present the current knowledge on Drosophila telomeres and discuss the possible mechanisms of telomere length control.