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Chromosoma. 1994 Oct;103(6):369-80.

The spindle pole body of yeast.

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Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8103.


Microtubule organizing centers play an essential cellular role in nucleating microtubule assembly and establishing the microtubule array. The microtubule organizing center of yeast, the spindle pole body (SPB), shares many functions and properties with those other organisms. In recent years considerable new information has been generated concerning components associated with the SPB, and the mechanism by which it duplicates. This article reviews our current view of the cytology and molecular composition of the SPB of the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Genetic studies in these organisms has revealed information about how the SPB duplicates and separates, and its roles during vegetative growth, mating and meiosis.

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