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Reining in cytokinesis with a septin corral
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 5–8, January 2005
How to Cite
Finger, F. P. (2005), Reining in cytokinesis with a septin corral. Bioessays, 27: 5–8. doi: 10.1002/bies.20167
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2004
Septins are a family of conserved GTP-binding proteins that function in cytokinesis in fungi and animals. In budding yeast, septins form scaffolds for assembly of the actomyosin contractile ring at the cleavage plane, a role that does not appear to be conserved in other organisms. The septins form an hourglass-shaped collar at the mother-bud neck, which splits into two rings flanking the division plane at cytokinesis. A recent study1 demonstrates that these two septin rings constitute diffusion barriers that create a cytokinetic compartment to retain cortical cytokinetic factors in proximity to the cleavage plane. BioEssays 27:5–8, 2005. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.