Generation of cell polarity in yeast

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1996 Aug;8(4):557-65. doi: 10.1016/s0955-0674(96)80035-4.


Yeast cells constitute an excellent system for studying cell polarity. They polarize by means of internally programmed patterns of cell division; they polarize chemotropically towards a partner during mating; and they utilize polarity to segregate cell-fate determinants during division. In the past year, considerable progress has been made towards increasing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying each of these processes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Compartmentation
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Cell Polarity / physiology*
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Genes, Switch
  • Models, Biological
  • Reproduction
  • Yeasts / physiology*