Cell cycle control of kinetochore assembly

Qianhua Dong, Fei Li

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The kinetochore is a large proteinaceous structure assembled on the centromeres of chromosomes. The complex machinery links chromosomes to the mitotic spindle and is essential for accurate chromosome segregation during cell division. The kinetochore is composed of two submodules: the inner and outer kinetochore. The inner kinetochore is assembled on centromeric chromatin and persists with centromeres throughout the cell cycle. The outer kinetochore attaches microtubules to the inner kinetochore, and assembles only during mitosis. The review focuses on recent advances in our understanding of the mechanisms governing the proper assembly of the outer kinetochore during mitosis and highlights open questions for future investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-220
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • CCAN
  • CENP-A
  • CENP-C
  • CENP-T
  • KMN
  • Kinetochore assembly
  • cell cycle
  • centromere
  • phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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