Characterisation of molecular regulation of telomerase and telomeres by p53 in cell ageing

Project: Research

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Project Description

Telomeres, the ends of chromosomes shorten as a function of cell division, and thereby limit cell lifespan. Telomerase synthesizes telomeres and thus renders cells immortal. Recently, we found that p53, a protein with an important role in cell aging and in the uncontrolled growth of cancer, interacts with telomeres and telomerase by binding to the telomere proteins TRF1 and TRF2. This project will decipher the mechanisms by which p53 regulates telomerase and telomeres, and establish the interrelationship of these proteins in regulating cell lifespan, death and immortalisation. It will provide important information for molecular intervention in cell ageing and immortalisation.
Effective start/end date1/01/0431/01/07


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$240,000.00
  • Monash University