Biogenesis and Evolution of Telomerase in Plants

  • Project type: GACR EXPRO
  • Project coordinator: CEITEC MU
  • Project partners: Institute of Biophysics of the CAS
  • Grant provider/investor: Czech Science Foundation
  • Project code: 20-01331X
  • Implementation period: 01. 01. 2020 – 31. 12. 2024
  • Total budget: 1 856 1251 EUR
  • Budget for CEITEC MU: 1 145 560 EUR

Project description:

Telomere biology belongs to hot research topics due to its attractive links to cell ageing and immortality, genome stability, and pathogenesis of severe human diseases including cancer. Our research in plants contributed to this field, among other things, with the observations of: i) reversible regulation of telomerase activity and its coupling with cell proliferation; ii) evolutionary changes in plant telomere DNAs. Mechanisms underlying these phenomena, however, have not been known. The answer is presumably hidden in the most important telomere factor – the telomerase. Recently we identified templating telomerase RNA subunits across land plant phylogeny, which not only explains the observed evolutionary switches between diverse telomere repeats but allows us – in association with known catalytic telomerase subunits and other associated proteins – to address a problem of telomerase biogenesis in plants. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we aim to characterise distinct steps in telomerase assembly, with the focus on the presumed scaffolding role of telomerase RNA in this process.

Principal investigator: 

Prof. Jiří Fajkus
Prof. Jiří Fajkus Head of Research Centre, Research Group Leader Senior
Phone: +420 54949 4003
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