hTERT extends proliferative lifespan and prevents oxidative stress-induced apoptosis in human lens epithelial cells.

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Telomerase is a specialized polymerase that catalyzes synthesis of telomeres in most eukaryotes. When introduced into somatic cells, it extends the proliferative lifespan and prevents replicative senescence. Whether it has similar functions in lens epithelial cells, especially in human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) remains to be determined. In this study, the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) catalytic subunit was introduced into HLECs. A stable cell line expressing hTERT was established and the functions of hTERT were studied.

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