The process of kinetochore assembly in yeasts.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

High fidelity chromosome segregation is essential for efficient transfer of the genetic material from the mother to daughter cells. The kinetochore (KT), which connects the centromere DNA to the spindle apparatus, plays a pivotal role in this process. In spite of considerable divergence in the centromere DNA sequence, basic architecture of a KT is evolutionarily conserved from yeast to humans. However, the identification of a large number of KT proteins paved the way of understanding conserved and diverged regulatory steps that lead to the formation of a multiprotein KT super-complex on the centromere DNA in different organisms. Because it is a daunting task to summarize the entire spectrum of information in a minireview, we focus here on the recent understanding in the process of KT assembly in three yeasts: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Candida albicans. Studies in these unicellular organisms suggest that although the basic process of KT assembly remains the same, the dependence of a conserved protein for its KT localization may vary in these organisms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Roy, B; Varshney, N; Yadav, V; Sanyal, K

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 338 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 117

PubMed ID

  • 23039831

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1574-6968

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-1097

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1574-6968.12019


  • eng