Telomeres are the physical ends of chromosomes. In yeast, when a gene is placed near a telomere, its transcription is repressed. Genes under the influence of this telomeric position effects switch between a repressed state and a transcriptionally active state, each of which is stable for many cell generations. Telomeric position effect may provide a model system for the study of heritable gene regulation in other, more complex organisms.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology