Bridging the gap between sister kinetochores

Tolić, Iva Marija and Pavin, Nenad (2016) Bridging the gap between sister kinetochores. Cell Cycle, 15 (9). pp. 1169-1170. ISSN 1538-4101

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The main task of the mitotic spindle is to generate forces that position the chromosomes at the metaphase plate and subsequently pull them apart toward the opposite spindle poles. These forces in living cells are, unfortunately, not easily accessible by current experimental techniques. However, much about the forces can be inferred from the shape of the spindle because the shape is an outcome of forces. K-fibers, which are bundles of microtubules ending at the kinetochore, are typically curved, suggesting that they are under compression. By severing a k-fiber with a laser we have shown that the bridging fiber moves together with sister k-fibers, revealing that these 3 fibers are strongly linked and thus able to survive large physical perturbations such as cutting of k-fibers. Severing of a k-fiber at different locations also revealed that the bridging fiber is linked laterally to the k-fibers in the region away from the kinetochore, while these fibers separate from each other close to the kinetochore.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: compression, forces, kinetochores, k-fibers, mitotic spindle, microtubules, mitosis, metaphase, PRC1, tension
Date: 25 April 2016
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Mathematics
Additional Information: © 2016 Iva M. Tolić and Nenad Pavin. Published with license by Taylor and Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted. Received 8 February 2016. Accepted 22 February 2016. Published online: 25 Apr 2016.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 15:19
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 15:19

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