Subcategory (RNA class) for TERC Gene
Quality Score for this RNA gene is
Aliases for TERC Gene
ORGUL Members for TERC Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for TERC Gene
Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein polymerase that maintains telomere ends by addition of the telomere repeat TTAGGG. The enzyme consists of a protein component with reverse transcriptase activity, and an RNA component, encoded by this gene, that serves as a template for the telomere repeat. Telomerase expression plays a role in cellular senescence, as it is normally repressed in postnatal somatic cells resulting in progressive shortening of telomeres. Deregulation of telomerase expression in somatic cells may be involved in oncogenesis. Studies in mouse suggest that telomerase also participates in chromosomal repair, since de novo synthesis of telomere repeats may occur at double-stranded breaks. Mutations in this gene cause autosomal dominant dyskeratosis congenita, and may also be associated with some cases of aplastic anemia. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for TERC Gene
TERC (Telomerase RNA Component) is an RNA Gene, and is affiliated with the telomerase RNA class. Diseases associated with TERC include dyskeratosis congenita, autosomal dominant 1 and terc-related dyskeratosis congenita.