Evolution of CST function in telomere maintenance. Academic Article uri icon


  • Telomeres consist of an elaborate, higher-order DNA architecture, and a suite of proteins that provide protection for the chromosome terminus by blocking inappropriate recombination and nucleolytic attack. In addition, telomeres facilitate telomeric DNA replication by physical interactions with telomerase and the lagging strand replication machinery. The prevailing view has been that two distinct telomere capping complexes evolved, shelterin in vertebrates and a trimeric complex comprised of Cdc13, Stn1 and Ten1 (CST) in yeast. The recent discovery of a CST-like complex in plants and humans raises new questions about the composition of telomeres and their regulatory mechanisms in multicellular eukaryotes. In this review we discuss the evolving functions and interactions of CST components and their contributions to chromosome end protection and DNA replication.

published proceedings

  • Cell Cycle

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Price, C. M., Boltz, K. A., Chaiken, M. F., Stewart, J. A., Beilstein, M. A., & Shippen, D. E.

citation count

  • 131

complete list of authors

  • Price, Carolyn M||Boltz, Kara A||Chaiken, Mary F||Stewart, Jason A||Beilstein, Mark A||Shippen, Dorothy E

publication date

  • August 2010