Asymmetric cell division as a route to reduction in cell length and change in cell morphology in trypanosomes

Sharma, R., Peacock, L., Gluenz, E. , Gull, K., Gibson, W. and Carrington, M. (2008) Asymmetric cell division as a route to reduction in cell length and change in cell morphology in trypanosomes. Protist, 159(1), pp. 137-151. (doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2007.07.004) (PMID:17931969)

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Abstract

African trypanosomes go through at least five developmental stages during their life cycle. The different cellular forms are classified using morphology, including the order of the nucleus, flagellum and kinetoplast along the anterior–posterior axis of the cell, the predominant cell surface molecules and the location within the host. Here, an asymmetrical cell division cycle that is an integral part of the Trypanosoma brucei life cycle has been characterised in further detail through the use of cell cycle stage specific markers. The cell cycle leading to the asymmetric division includes an exquisitely synchronised mitosis and exchange in relative location of organelles along the anterior–posterior axis of the cell. These events are coupled to a change in cell surface architecture. During the asymmetric division, the behaviour of the new flagellum is consistent with a role in determining the location of the plane of cell division, a function previously characterised in procyclic cells. Thus, the asymmetric cell division cycle provides a mechanism for a change in cell morphology and also an explanation for how a reduction in cell length can occur in a cell shaped by a stable microtubule array.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gluenz, Dr Eva
Authors: Sharma, R., Peacock, L., Gluenz, E., Gull, K., Gibson, W., and Carrington, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Protist
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1434-4610
ISSN (Online):1618-0941
Published Online:10 October 2007

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