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Animal cell cytokinesis proceeds via constriction of an actomyosin-based contractile ring (CR) [1, 2]. Upon reaching a diameter of ~1 μm [3], a midbody ring (MR) forms to stabilize the intercellular bridge until abscission [4-6]. How MR formation is coupled to CR closure and how plasma membrane anchoring is maintained at this key transition is unknown.(More)
During cytokinesis, closure of the actomyosin contractile ring (CR) is coupled to the formation of a midbody ring (MR), through poorly understood mechanisms. Using time-lapse microscopy of Drosophila melanogaster S2 cells, we show that the transition from the CR to the MR proceeds via a previously uncharacterized maturation process that requires opposing(More)
In the developing nervous system, cell diversification depends on the ability of neural progenitor cells to divide asymmetrically to generate daughter cells that acquire different identities. While much work has recently focused on the mechanisms controlling self-renewing asymmetric divisions producing a differentiating daughter and a progenitor, little is(More)
Phosphorylation of Bazooka (Baz)/PAR-3 by atypical protein kinase C (aPKC) in Drosophila has been supposed to be a crucial event in the formation and functionality of the PAR/aPKC complex, stabilizing the complex at the apical membrane and subsequently recruiting other polarity markers or cell fate determinants to either the apical or basal membrane in(More)
Animal cell cytokinesis proceeds through three successive stages: a contractile ring stage, an intercellular bridge stage, and an abscission stage. Many studies have identified a complex network of key proteins required for successful cytokinesis. While each component interacts with, and depends on, several other components, our understanding of how these(More)
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