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Kinetochore: Structure, Function and Evolution

  1. Katsumi Kitagawa

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006237



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Kitagawa, K. 2006. Kinetochore: Structure, Function and Evolution. eLS. .

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  1. St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tennessee, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

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Kinetochores are complexes of centromere DNA and proteins. Spindle microtubules bind to chromosomes at the kinetochore, and these complexes are required for accurate chromosome segregation during mitosis. The human kinetochore is a supramolecular complex of DNA and proteins that is involved in various mitotic activities.


  • kinetochore;
  • centromere;
  • mitosis;
  • chromosome segregation;
  • spindle checkpoint