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Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1996 Aug;8(4):557-65.

Generation of cell polarity in yeast.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


Yeast cells constitute an excellent system for studying cell polarity. They polarize by means of internally programmed patterns of cell division; they polarize chemotropically towards a partner during mating; and they utilize polarity to segregate cell-fate determinants during division. In the past year, considerable progress has been made towards increasing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying each of these processes.

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