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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2006 Feb;7(2):147-52.

Not so divided: the common basis of plant and animal cell division.

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  • 1Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.


Plant cells do not have centrioles and their mitosis is frequently likened to the chromosome-based mechanism seen in acentriolar animal cells. However, this is a false analogy. Although plants can use this mechanism, they generally divide by a method that uses bipolar mitotic caps, which is more similar to the canonical centrosome-based method of animals.

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