Telomeres

Publication Title: 
The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Inhibition of the up-regulated telomerase activity in cancer cells has previously been shown to slow cell growth but only after prior telomere shortening. Previously, we have reported that, unexpectedly, a hairpin short interfering RNA specifically targeting human telomerase RNA rapidly inhibits the growth of human cancer cells independently of p53 or telomere length and without bulk telomere shortening (Li, S., Rosenberg, J. E., Donjacour, A. A., Botchkina, I. L., Hom, Y. K., Cunha, G. R., and Blackburn, E. H. (2004) Cancer Res. 64, 4833-4840).

Author(s): 
Li, Shang
Crothers, Julia
Haqq, Christopher M.
Blackburn, Elizabeth H.
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The Keio Journal of Medicine
Author(s): 
Blackburn, E. H.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Elevated circulating levels of glucocorticoids are associated with psychiatric symptoms across several different conditions. It remains unknown if this hormonal abnormality is a cause or an effect of the psychiatric conditions. For example, the hypercortisolemia observed in a subset of patients with depression may have a direct impact on the symptoms of depression, but it is also possible that the hypercortisolemia merely reflects the stress associated with depression.

Author(s): 
Wolkowitz, Owen M.
Burke, Heather
Epel, Elissa S.
Reus, Victor I.
Publication Title: 
Nature

The telomerase enzyme of Tetrahymena synthesizes repeats of the telomeric DNA sequence TTGGGG de novo in the absence of added template. The essential RNA component of this ribonucleoprotein enzyme has now been cloned and found to contain the sequence CAACCCCAA, which seems to be the template for the synthesis of TTGGGG repeats.

Author(s): 
Greider, C. W.
Blackburn, E. H.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

OBJECTIVE: The level of T cell activation in untreated HIV disease is strongly and independently associated with risk of immunologic and clinical progression. The factors that influence the level of activation, however, are not fully defined. Since endogenous glucocorticoids are important in regulating inflammation, we sought to determine whether less optimal diurnal cortisol patterns are associated with greater T cell activation. METHODS: We studied 128 HIV-infected adults who were not on treatment and had a CD4(+) T cell count above 250 cells/µl.

Author(s): 
Patterson, Sarah
Moran, Patricia
Epel, Elissa
Sinclair, Elizabeth
Kemeny, Margaret E.
Deeks, Steven G.
Bacchetti, Peter
Acree, Michael
Epling, Lorrie
Kirschbaum, Clemens
Hecht, Frederick M.
Publication Title: 
Psychoneuroendocrinology

Several studies have reported an association between traumatic stress and telomere length suggesting that traumatic stress has an impact on ageing at the cellular level. A newly derived tool provides an additional means to investigate cellular ageing by estimating epigenetic age based on DNA methylation profiles. We therefore hypothesise that in a longitudinal study of traumatic stress both indicators of cellular ageing will show increased ageing.

Author(s): 
Boks, Marco P.
van Mierlo, Hans C.
Rutten, Bart P. F.
Radstake, Timothy R. D. J.
De Witte, Lot
Geuze, Elbert
Horvath, Steve
Schalkwyk, Leonard C.
Vinkers, Christiaan H.
Broen, Jasper C. A.
Vermetten, Eric
Publication Title: 
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA), a class of non-coding RNA molecules recently identified largely due to the efforts of FANTOM, and later GENCODE and ENCODE consortia, have been a subject of intense investigation in the past decade. Extensive efforts to get deeper understanding of lncRNA biology have yielded evidence of their diverse structural and regulatory roles in protecting chromosome integrity, maintaining genomic architecture, X chromosome inactivation, imprinting, transcription, translation and epigenetic regulation.

Author(s): 
Khorkova, O.
Hsiao, J.
Wahlestedt, C.

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