Longevity of lobsters is linked to ubiquitous telomerase expression

@article{Klapper1998LongevityOL,
  title={Longevity of lobsters is linked to ubiquitous telomerase expression},
  author={Wolfram Klapper and K K{\"u}hne and K. Kranthi Pratap Singh and Klaus Heidorn and Reza M. Parwaresch and Guido Krupp},
  journal={FEBS Letters},
  year={1998},
  volume={439}
}
Mammals have high growth rates in embryonic and juvenile phases and no growth in adult and senescent phases. We analyzed telomerase activity in a fundamentally different animal which grows indeterminately. Lobsters (Homarus americanus) grow throughout their life and the occurrence of senescence is slow. A modified TRAP assay was developed and the lobster telomeric repeat sequence TTAGG was determined. We detected telomerase activities which were dependent on RNA and protein components, required… Expand
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