Definition of telomerase in English:


Syllabification: te·lom·er·ase
Pronunciation: /təˈläməˌrās, təˈlō, -ˌrāz


  • An enzyme that adds nucleotides to telomeres, especially in cancer cells.
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    • Human cells have an additional barrier to unfettered replication - most lack the chromosome repair enzyme called telomerase that rat cells possess.
    • Telomeres, the natural ends of linear chromosomes, are maintained by the specialized reverse transcriptase called telomerase.
    • In eukaryotic cells with telomeres composed of short tandem repeats, this involves the enzyme telomerase.

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