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Title: Cosegregation of chromosomes containing immortal DNA strands in cells that cycle with asymmetric stem cell kinetics.

Authors: Merok, Joshua R; Lansita, Janice A; Tunstead, James R; Sherley, James L

Published In Cancer Res, (2002 Dec 1)

Abstract: A long-standing intriguing hypothesis in cancer biology is that adult stem cells avoid mutations from DNA replication errors by a unique pattern of chromosome segregation. At each asymmetric cell division, adult stem cells have been postulated to selectively retain a set of chromosomes that contain old template DNA strands (i.e., "immortal DNA strands"). Using cultured cells that cycle with asymmetric cell kinetics, we confirmed both the existence of immortal DNA strands and the cosegregation of chromosomes that bear them. Our findings also lead us to propose a role for immortal DNA strands in tissue aging as well as cancer.

PubMed ID: 12460886 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adult; Cell Cycle/genetics; Chromosome Segregation/genetics*; DNA Replication/genetics; DNA/biosynthesis; DNA/genetics*; Humans; Mitosis/genetics; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Stem Cells/cytology; Stem Cells/physiology*; Stem Cells/ultrastructure

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