Compromised telomeric heterochromatin promotes ALTernative lengthening of telomeres

Hsiao P.J. Voon, Philippe Collas, Lee H. Wong

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Alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) is an enigmatic process that allows certain cancers to maintain telomeres in the absence of telomerase. ALT cancers are frequently defective for ATRX/DAXX, a chaperone complex that deposits histone variant H3.3 at telomeres. We propose that mutations in alpha thalassemia-mental retardation syndrome X-linked (ATRX)/death-domain associated protein (DAXX) prime ALT activation by disrupting telomeric heterochromatin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-116
Number of pages3
JournalTrends In Cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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