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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2011 Jun 2;12(7):427-38. doi: 10.1038/nrm3132.

Cubism and the cell cycle: the many faces of the APC/C.

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The Gurdon Institute, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QN, UK.

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  • Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2011 Aug;12(8):533.


One does not often look to analytic cubism for insights into the control of the cell cycle, but Pablo Picasso beautifully encapsulated the fundamentals when he said that "every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction". The rapid destruction of specific cell cycle regulators at just the right moment in the cell cycle ensures that daughter cells receive an equal and identical set of chromosomes from their mother and that DNA replication always follows mitosis. Remarkably, one protein complex is responsible for this surgical precision, the APC/C (anaphase-promoting complex, also known as the cyclosome). The APC/C is tightly regulated by its co-activators and by the spindle assembly checkpoint.

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