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Holocentric Chromosomes


BUREŠ Petr ZEDEK František MARKOVÁ Michaela

Year of publication 2012
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Science

Description Review chapter on holocentric chromosomes which differ from the more common monocentric chromosomes by the way in which spindle microtubules attach along the whole chromosome length through kinetochores that cover a substantial part of their poleward surfaces during mitosis. The occurrence of holocentric chromosomes in plants is reviewed in this chapter as well as the description of their chromatin structure and behaviour during mitosis and meiosis. The evolutionary processes that have contributed to the diversity of holocentric karyotypes are also presented.
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