Asters help embryonic nuclei find their own space

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In early Drosophila embryos, nuclei undergo rapid, synchronous divisions without being separated into individual cells by cytokinesis. Telley et al. develop a cell-free assay to reveal that microtubule asters help disperse the nuclei throughout the embryonic cytoplasm, moving them to the right position for development to continue. This biosights episode presents the paper by Telley et al. from the June 25, 2012, issue of The Journal of Cell Biology and includes an interview with lead author...

Dynein and kinesin generate nuclear power

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Many cellular processes, including polarization and differentiation, require the nucleus to move to a specific location within the cytoplasm. Fridolfsson and Starr reveal how the microtubule motors dynein and kinesin-1 control the bi-directional movements of nuclei in the embryonic hypoderm of C. elegans. This biosights episode presents the paper by Fridolfsson and Starr from the October 4, 2010 issue of The Journal of Cell Biology, and includes an interview with senior author Daniel Starr...