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Immediate and gradual gene expression changes in telomerase over-expressing fibroblasts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Darren Daniels, Dr Daniel Swan, Dr Gabriele Saretzki


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Most human human somatic cells contain no or very low levels of telomerase. The over-expression of the catalytic subunit (hTERT) of human telomerase is a common method to generate cells with a greatly prolonged lifespan. These cells serve as models for cells that are either difficult to cultivate or have a limited lifespan in vitro. In addition, hTERT over-expressing cells are thought to be a useful resource for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. While tumour suppressors and cell cycle checkpoints are maintained for an extended period in most hTERT over-expressing cells we found that there is a gradual change in gene expression over a range of 130 population doublings (PD) for the majority of genes analysed. Seven genes were significantly down-regulated with increasing population doublings (PDs), while only two were up-regulated. One gene, stanniocalcin 2, was highly expressed in parental fibroblasts but completely diminished as a consequence of hTERT transgene expression. These data demonstrate that in hTERT over-expressing cells two different types of expression changes occur: one can be directly associated with hTERT transgene expression itself, while others might occur more gradual and with varying kinetics. These changes should be taken into account when these cells are used as functional models or for regenerative purposes. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Daniels DJ, Clothier C, Swan DC, Saretzki G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Year: 2010

Volume: 399

Issue: 1

Pages: 7-13

Print publication date: 01/08/2010

ISSN (print): 0006-291X

ISSN (electronic): 1090-2104

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2010.07.018


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