Telomerase Trouble

Mark R. Miglarese miglaresemr at
Wed Apr 3 12:09:52 EST 1996

Points to consider:

1.  Human telomerase has not been cloned or purified yet.  It is a huge 
ribonucleoprotein complex (>800 kDa) which is very difficult to work 

2.  All issues concerning gene therapy apply (delivery etc.).

3.  Most importantly, increased telomerase activity is associated with a 
wide variety of tumors.  In short, cells that live longer are more 
likely to become transformed.  In fact, telomerase is being actively 
targeted by several labs in the hope of inhibiting tumor growth.  
Upregulating it in normal cells would not be a good idea.

Mark R. Miglarese, Ph.D.
Cancer Research
Pfizer Central Research
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