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 (tĕl′ə-mîr′, tē′lə-)
Either of the sections of DNA occurring at the ends of a chromosome.
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(Genetics) genetics either of the ends of a chromosome
[C20: from Greek telos end + meros part]
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(ˈtɛl əˌmɪər, ˈti lə-)
the segment of DNA that occurs at the ends of chromosomes.
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Noun1.telomere - either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome; "telomeres act as caps to keep the sticky ends of chromosomes from randomly clumping together"
chromosome - a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order; "humans have 22 chromosome pairs plus two sex chromosomes"
end, terminal - either extremity of something that has length; "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"
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The Life Length Telomere Analysis TechnologyEeA (TATEeA) offers a unique biomarker since telomeres are best predictors of biological age that is closely related with the onset of cardiovascular diseases the incidence of which is relatively high in this region particularly in the UAE."
Women following the Mediterranean diet appear to retain longer telomeres, a biomarker of aging.
Scientists found that compared to a group of healthy study participants, those with mood disorders--especially males--showed evidence of shortened telomeres.
These telomeres get shorter each time a cell divides, and shortened telomeres are associated with accelerated aging, putting individuals at an increased risk for heart disease, dementia, and other medical problems.
Chromosomes are protected, top and bottom, by sections called telomeres. The health of these "end caps" is crucial to your health and longevity.
The new studies on stress shows social isolation, untreated depression, prolong anxiety attacks and long-term unemployment can speed-up the ageing process by shortening the length of each DNA strand called telomeres. Every human cell has 46 chromosomes and each chromosome is like a DNA library with two protective caps on the end known as telomeres.
Since researchers discovered telomeres, they've linked their shortening to many health issues.
[USA], Feb 28 (ANI): In a new, a research team from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC; Portugal), led by Jose Escandell and Miguel Godinho Ferreira, discovered a key aspect of the regulation of telomeres aAC" structures that appear at the tips of our chromosomes.
Some researchers have speculated that the most pervasive anti-ageing effects of exercise may occur at the tips of our chromosomes, which are capped with tiny bits of matter known as telomeres. Telomeres seem to protect our DNA from damage during cell division but, unfortunately, shorten and fray as a cell ages.
One of our best gauges of longevity is the length of telomeres, the set of genetic information at the tips of chromosomes.
Telomeres hold information about the path of a subject's health and may provide an important biomarker of aging.
Age is the strongest predictor of telomere length: telomeres shorten in length during each cell cycle.