The Mammalian Centromere: Centromere Separation, Kinetochore Proteins and Aneuploidy

  • B. K. Vig
  • B. Richards
  • N. Paweletz
Part of the Advances in Mutagenesis Research book series (MUTAGENESIS, volume 4)


Centromeres (primary constrictions of chromosomes) and kinetochores (specialized protein complex anchored to the centromere) are the sites of activities crucial for chromosome migration. Defects in the centromere, e.g., premature centromere division (Fitzgerald 1989; Vig and Rattner 1989) and kinetochore aberrations, e.g., absence of kinetochores (Vig and Sternes 1991; Vig et al. 1991b) appear to be associated with the genesis of aneuploidy. A host of other factors, e.g., spindle, microtubules, centrosomes, nuclear envelope-associated proteins (see Vig and Sandberg 1987; Resnick and Vig 1989), also affect the outcome of cell division. Recently, the field of chromosome migration has seen a strong upsurge of investigations including molecular biology of the centromere/kinetochore region. The present review, however, deals primarily with the characterization and activity of this region in relation to the genesis of aneuploidy.


Dicentric Chromosome Pericentric Heterochromatin Indian Muntjac Primary Constriction Minor Satellite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. K. Vig
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Richards
    • 1
  • N. Paweletz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of NevedaRenoUSA
  2. 2.Forschungsschwerpunkt 4Abteilung Wachstum u. Teilung d. Zelle Deutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany

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