The life cycle of the metazoan nuclear envelope

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2008 Aug;20(4):386-92. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2008 May 19.


The nuclear envelope is a double-layered membrane that encloses the nuclear genome and transcriptional machinery. In dividing cells of metazoa, the nucleus completely disassembles during mitosis, creating the need to re-establish the nuclear compartment at the end of each cell division. Given the crucial role of the nuclear envelope in gene regulation and cellular organization, it is not surprising that its biogenesis and organization have become active research areas. We will review recent insights into nuclear membrane dynamics during the cell cycle.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle / physiology
  • Life Cycle Stages / physiology*
  • Nuclear Envelope / physiology*
  • Vertebrates / physiology*