Chromosome Research

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 263–275 | Cite as

Telomere structure, function and maintenance in Arabidopsis

  • Karel Riha
  • Dorothy E. Shippen


The stability of eukaryotic genomes is provided in part by the integrity of telomeres, the nucleoprotein caps on the ends of chromosome. Recent studies reveal that proper telomere architecture is required for long-term proliferation capacity. Here we describe molecular mechanisms that protect and maintain chromosome ends and discuss why Arabidopsis is emerging as a powerful new model for elucidating fundamental aspects of telomere biology.

Arabidopsis DNA repair restriction fragment analysis telomerase telomere TRF 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Austrian Academy of SciencesGregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant BiologyViennaAustria

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