Cell division

Cell division is the process by which a parental cell gives rise to two daughter cells. The process involves both nuclear division and cytokinesis and can either produce two equal cells (symmetric cell division) or two cells with different cellular fates (asymmetric cell division).

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    During mitosis, the kinetochore connects chromosomes to spindle microtubules and enables chromosome segregation. A genetic study in vertebrate cells demonstrates phosphorylation-regulated plasticity of kinetochore assembly and highlights the role of the centromere protein T in load-bearing kinetochore–microtubule attachment.

    • Yang Yang
    •  & Hongtao Yu
    Nature Cell Biology 20, 1335-1337
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    Classical actin-dependent, integrin-mediated cell–matrix adhesions disassemble before mitotic rounding. Yet, to transmit positional information and facilitate daughter-cell separation, dividing cells maintain connections to the matrix. A previously unidentified class of actin-independent integrin adhesions may fulfil this task.

    • Ronen Zaidel-Bar
    Nature Cell Biology 20, 1233-1235