Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 135, Issue 6, pp 590–592 | Cite as

Epithalon Peptide Induces Telomerase Activity and Telomere Elongation in Human Somatic Cells

  • V. Kh. Khavinson
  • I. E. Bondarev
  • A. A. Butyugov

Abstract

Addition of Epithalon peptide in telomerase-negative human fetal fibroblast culture induced expression of the catalytical subunit, enzymatic activity of telomerase, and telomere elongation, which can be due to reactivation of telomerase gene in somatic cells and indicates the possibility of prolonging life span of a cell population and of the whole organism.

peptide Epithalon telomerase telomeres fibroblasts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Kh. Khavinson
    • 1
  • I. E. Bondarev
    • 1
  • A. A. Butyugov
    • 1
  1. 1.North-Western Division of Russian Academy of Medical SciencesSt. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and GerontologyRussia

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