Investigating the Repetitive Telomeric DNA Sequence: (TTAGGG)n
Tissue Culture Based Model System: Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
Mechanisms of Telomerase Regulation upon Differentiation and Tumor Formation
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UC Berkeley senior in Molecular and Cell Biology, Jimmy Guo, joins the lab!
UC Berkeley freshman in Molecular and Cell Biology, Rachel Trujillo, joins the lab!
Masters student at The Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg, Eva Schruf, joins the lab!
Chiba gave a talk on genome editing in stem cells to uncover the transcriptional regulation of endogenous hTERT at the 3rd Annual Re-writing Genomes Symposium hosted by the UC Berkeley QB3 and the Innovative Genomics Initiative!
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Title: Control of telomerase action at human telomeres
Lab members involved: Dirk Hockemeyer
Title: Cancer-associated TERT promoter mutations abrogate telomerase silencing
Lab members involved: Kunitoshi Chiba, Joshua Johnson, Tina Wagner, John Boyle, Dirk Hockemeyer
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Questions to address in regards to telomere maintenance and mechanisms governing telomerase regulation in human pluripotent stem cells:
1) What is the mechanism of telomerase regulation in human stem cells, upon their differentiation and during tumor formation?
2) What are the molecular mechanisms underlying the recruitment of telomerase to the telomere in human cells?
3) What are the consequences of telomere shortening in stem cells and how does this impact tumor formation?
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