from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two submicroscopic attachment points for chromosomal microtubules, present on each centromere during the process of cell division.

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  • n. the protein structure in eukaryotes which assembles on the centromere and links the chromosome to microtubule polymers from the mitotic spindle during mitosis

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  • n. a specialized condensed region of each chromosome that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

kineto- + Greek khōros, place; see -chore.


  • These complexes become attached to some of the spindle microtubules, which are then termed kinetochore microtubules.


  • We now believe that proteins in a structure called the kinetochore are among the most sensitive to degradation or mutation.

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  • This force increases the efficiency with which chromosomes make bipolar spindle attachments and regulates kinetochore activities necessary for chromosome oscillation, but is not essential for chromosome congression.

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  • Spindle fibers, composed of microtubules, have attached to the sister pairs of chromosomes at their point of attachment the kinetochore, or centromere.


  • During meiosis, fibres called microtubules attach themselves to the centre kinetochore of the chromosomes.

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  • Overlaid onto these signals that promote orchestrated cell division are checkpoints that ensure appropriate mitotic spindle formation, a lack of DNA damage, kinetochore attachment, and that each daughter cell has the appropriate complement of DNA.

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  • The kinetochore protein Mtw1 was epitope-tagged, allowing us to score the number of kinetochore foci in spread nuclei.

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  • The initial study of centromere coupling reported that in chromosome spreads exhibiting centromere coupling, Zip1 foci and kinetochore pairs occur in approximately equal numbers (about sixteen) and exhibit a high level of co-localization

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  • Chd1 mutant fly embryos does not interfere with centromere and kinetochore assembly, as the levels and localization of CenH3

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  • The absence of most of kinetochore proteins is not surprising, as chromosomes should have sedimented during the extract clarification step.

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