Fueling the Cell Division Cycle

Trends Cell Biol. 2017 Jan;27(1):69-81. doi: 10.1016/j.tcb.2016.08.009. Epub 2016 Oct 13.


Cell division is a complex process with high energy demands. However, how cells regulate the generation of energy required for DNA synthesis and chromosome segregation is not well understood. Recent data suggest that changes in mitochondrial dynamics and metabolic pathways such as oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) and glycolysis crosstalk with, and are tightly regulated by, the cell division machinery. Alterations in energy availability trigger cell-cycle checkpoints, suggesting a bidirectional connection between cell division and general metabolism. Some of these connections are altered in human disease, and their manipulation may help in designing therapeutic strategies for specific diseases including cancer. We review here recent studies describing the control of metabolism by the cell-cycle machinery.

Keywords: cell cycle; energy; glycolysis; metabolism; oxidative phosphorylation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle*
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Glycolysis
  • Humans
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Mitosis
  • Models, Biological