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Trends Cell Biol. 1994 Mar;4(3):96-101.

Cold fission: splitting the pombe cell at room temperature.

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Unité Recherches sur le cycle cellulaire, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Epalinges, Switzerland.


The mechanisms responsible for cytokinesis and its coordination with other events of the cell cycle are poorly understood. Genetic studies of cytokinesis in fission yeast are one useful approach to this problem. A number of conditional mutants of fission yeast that show defects in the formation of the septum of cytokinesis have been identified. Cloning of the genes affected in these mutants has begun to shed light upon the elements required to direct the construction of the division septum and also upon how the initiation of septum formation may be coordinated with mitosis.


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