The meiosis-specific modification of mammalian telomeres

Cell Cycle. 2014;13(13):2024-8. doi: 10.4161/cc.29350. Epub 2014 May 28.


During meiosis, rapid chromosome movements within the nucleus enable homologous chromosomes to acquire physical juxtaposition. In most organisms, chromosome ends, telomeres, tethered to the transmembrane LINC-complex mediate this movement by transmitting cytoskeletal forces to the chromosomes. While the majority of molecular studies have been performed using lower eukaryotes as model systems, recent studies have identified mammalian meiotic telomere regulators, including the LINC-complex SUN1/KASH5 and the meiosis-specific telomere binding protein TERB1. This review highlights the molecular regulations of mammalian meiotic telomeres in comparison with other model systems and discusses some future perspectives.

Keywords: chromosome; cohesin; meiosis; nuclear envelope; telomere.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism
  • Chromosomes, Mammalian / metabolism*
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • Mammals
  • Meiosis / physiology*
  • Meiotic Prophase I / physiology
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism
  • Telomere / metabolism*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • KASH5 protein, mouse
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • SUN1 protein, mouse
  • TERB1 protein, mouse