The events of late mitosis, from sister-chromatid separation to cytokinesis, are governed by the anaphase-promoting complex (APC), a multisubunit assembly that triggers the ubiquitin-dependent proteloysis of key regulatory proteins. An intricate regulatory network governs APC activity and helps to ensure that late mitotic events are properly timed and coordinated.
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This review is a distillation of many enjoyable conversations with members of my laboratory (Julia Charles, Sue Jaspersen, Jamison Nourse, Catherine Takizawa, and Rachel Tinker-Kulberg) and the laboratory of Andrew Murray (Hironori Funabiki, Adam Rudner, and Alex Szidon). I also thank Jan-Michael Peters and Kim Nasmyth for valuable comments on the manuscript, and I thank the many colleagues who provided their results before publication. Work in my laboratory is supported by the National Insitute of General Medical Sciences.
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The separation of sister chromatids in anaphase, as well as the complex events of mitotic exit that follow, are dependent on the destruction of anaphase inhibitors and mitotic cyclins. The sudden onset, perfect coordination, and sheer beauty of late mitotic events cannot be fully appreciated in a single snapshot. (Video courtesy of V. Skeen and E.D. Salmon) (MOV 6738 kb)
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Morgan, D. Regulation of the APC and the exit from mitosis. Nat Cell Biol 1, E47–E53 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1038/10039
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