Establishment of a cellular axis in fission yeast. Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent studies in fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe reveal how cells establish a cellular axis that specifies domains as the functional 'ends' and 'middle' of the cell. During interphase, dynamic microtubules position the nucleus at the middle of the cell and orientate microtubule 'plus' ends towards the ends of the cell. At the cell ends, the microtubule plus ends might establish a zone of polarized cell growth and actin assembly by depositing factors such as Tea1p. At the cell middle, the nucleus might specify the position of the actin contractile ring and the future cell division site by positioning cytokinesis factors such as Mid1p.

publication date

  • May 2001