Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9552422
Prog Cell Cycle Res 1997;3:271-84
The assembly of a mitotic spindle requires the interaction of microtubules with chromosomes. As a cell enters mitosis, long microtubules are converted to short ones, as microtubules become unstable. Dynamic microtubules are then stabilised by chromosomes, forming a bipolar spindle. In this review, we discuss the different roles of kinetochores and chromosome arms during spindle assembly. Kinetochores, required for proper chromosomes segregation, capture microtubules and maintain attachment. Chromosome arms greatly enhance microtubule stability, and alone can be sufficient for spindle assembly.