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Transient defects of mitotic spindle geometry and chromosome segregation errors

Overview of attention for article published in Cell Division, August 2012
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Transient defects of mitotic spindle geometry and chromosome segregation errors
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Cell Division, August 2012
DOI 10.1186/1747-1028-7-19
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William T Silkworth, William T Silkworth, Daniela Cimini


Assembly of a bipolar mitotic spindle is essential to ensure accurate chromosome segregation and prevent aneuploidy, and severe mitotic spindle defects are typically associated with cell death. Recent studies have shown that mitotic spindles with initial geometric defects can undergo specific rearrangements so the cell can complete mitosis with a bipolar spindle and undergo bipolar chromosome segregation, thus preventing the risk of cell death associated with abnormal spindle structure. Although this may appear as an advantageous strategy, transient defects in spindle geometry may be even more threatening to a cell population or organism than permanent spindle defects. Indeed, transient spindle geometry defects cause high rates of chromosome mis-segregation and aneuploidy. In this review, we summarize our current knowledge on two specific types of transient spindle geometry defects (transient multipolarity and incomplete spindle pole separation) and describe how these mechanisms cause chromosome mis-segregation and aneuploidy. Finally, we discuss how these transient spindle defects may specifically contribute to the chromosomal instability observed in cancer cells.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
Spain 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 96 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 34%
Researcher 17 17%
Student > Bachelor 11 11%
Student > Master 9 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 9 9%
Unknown 13 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 36%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 31 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 9%
Engineering 3 3%
Physics and Astronomy 2 2%
Other 4 4%
Unknown 16 16%

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