PNAS publication UBC members: System that controls cell division resembles a mosaic

The protein complex that the cells of animals, plants, and fungi use to control cell division was created long ago from at least 40 different proteins. This could explain the overwhelming success of all cells with a cell nucleus, according to researchers at Utrecht University and the Hubrecht Institute. Their results were published in the scientific journal PNAS on 24 May.

Read the newsitem about the PNAS publication with quotes of Geert Kops and Berend Snel, both member of Utrecht Bioinformatics Center.

Cell division in cells with a nucleus: microtubules (red) are pulling the chromosomes (blue) towards both sides of the nucleus. On every chromosome, a kinetochore (light dots) is present.