Special Issue "The Role of Telomere Biology in Aging and Human Disease 2020"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cell Nuclei: Function, Transport and Receptors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. David Gilley
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Guest Editor
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA
Interests: telomere; telomerase; genomic instability; cancer; DNA damage response; stem/progenitor cells
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ground-breaking fundamental work in identifying and discovering the basic role of telomeres and telomerase has laid the foundation for a plethora of evidence that telomere biology plays multiple crucial roles in human health. Telomere biology has been implicated in major human biological processes from aging to cancer, cardiovascular disease, numerous heritable disorders, and other human diseases and disease-resistant states.

In this Special Issue of Cells, we invite your contributions, either in the form of original research articles, reviews, or shorter perspective articles on all aspects related to the theme of “The Role of Telomere Biology in Aging and Human Disease”. Articles with mechanistic and functional insights from a cell and molecular biological perspective are especially welcome. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Telomere biology and cancer;
  • Telomere biology and the environment;
  • Telomere dynamics in stem and progenitor cells;
  • Heritable telomere disorders;
  • Modes of telomere dysfunction in human systems;
  • Human telomere biology;
  • Telomeres and aging;
  • The role of telomeres in cardiovascular disease;
  • Telomere biology and disease resistance (including tumor suppression) pathways;
  • Telomere biology and the DNA damage response.

Dr. David Gilley
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Telomere
  • Telomerase
  • Cancer
  • Aging
  • Heritable disorders

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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