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Centriole biogenesis: a tale of two pathways

Two recent studies in Drosophila demonstrate that overexpression of proteins required for centriole duplication can not only induce centriole over-duplication in cells containing centrioles, but can also drive de novo centriole assembly in unfertilized eggs that initially lack centrioles. These studies offer a new perspective on the mechanisms that control centriole duplication.

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Figure 1: Effects of Sak/Plk4 overexpression in different cell types.
Figure 2: Mechanisms of centriole reduplication when Sak/Plk4 or Sas6 are overexpressed.


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Loncarek, J., Sluder, G. & Khodjakov, A. Centriole biogenesis: a tale of two pathways. Nat Cell Biol 9, 736–738 (2007).

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