bims-fascar Biomed News
on Phase separation and cellular architecture
Issue of 2020‒09‒06
one paper selected by
Victoria Yan
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics


  1. Mol Cell. 2020 Aug 19. pii: S1097-2765(20)30550-5. [Epub ahead of print]
    Ong JY, Torres JZ.
      Cell division requires the assembly and organization of a microtubule spindle for the proper separation of chromosomes in mitosis and meiosis. Phase separation is an emerging paradigm for understanding spatial and temporal regulation of a variety of cellular processes, including cell division. Phase-separated condensates have been recently discovered at many structures during cell division as a possible mechanism for properly localizing, organizing, and activating proteins involved in cell division. Here, we review how these condensates play roles in regulating microtubule density and organization and spindle assembly and function and in activating some of the key players in cell division. We conclude with perspectives on areas of future research for this exciting and rapidly advancing field.
    Keywords:  cell division; membraneless compartments; microtubule-based spindle; phase separation; phase-separated condensates
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2020.08.007