Chromosomes take an active role in spindle assembly

Bioessays. 1995 Nov;17(11):911-4. doi: 10.1002/bies.950171102.


The assembly of a bipolar spindle is essential for the accurate segregation of replicated chromosomes during cell division. Do chromosomes rely solely on other cellular components to regulate the assembly of the bipolar spindle or are they masters of their own fate? In the Zhang and Nicklas(1) study reviewed here, micromanipulation techniques and video microscopy were used to demonstrate the different roles that chromosome arms, kinetochores and centrosomes play in bipolar spindle assembly.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Chromosomes / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Kinetochores / physiology
  • Microtubules / physiology
  • Spindle Apparatus / physiology*