Mitotic spindle multipolarity without centrosome amplification

Nat Cell Biol. 2014 May;16(5):386-94. doi: 10.1038/ncb2958.


Mitotic spindle bipolarity is essential for faithful segregation of chromosomes during cell division. Multipolar spindles are often seen in human cancers and are usually associated with supernumerary centrosomes that result from centrosome overduplication or cytokinesis failure. A less-understood path to multipolar spindle formation may arise due to loss of spindle pole integrity in response to spindle and/or chromosomal forces. Here we discuss the different routes leading to multipolar spindle formation, focusing on spindle multipolarity without centrosome amplification. We also present the distinct and common features between these pathways and discuss their therapeutic implications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Polarity*
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / metabolism
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology
  • Centrosome / metabolism
  • Centrosome / pathology*
  • Chromosome Segregation*
  • Humans
  • Mitosis*
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Spindle Apparatus / metabolism
  • Spindle Apparatus / pathology*