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Revealing the micromechanics driving cellular division: optical manipulation of force-bearing substructure in mitotic cells
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Paper Abstract

During the anaphase stage of mitosis, a motility force transports genetic material in the form of chromosomes to the poles of the cell. Chromosome deformations during anaphase transport have largely been attributed to viscous drag force, however LaFountain et. al. found that a physical tether connects separating chromosome ends in crane-fly spermatocytes such that a backwards tethering force elongates the separating chromosomes. In the presented study laser microsurgery was used to deduce the mechanistic basis of chromosome elongation in rat-kangaroo cells. In half of tested chromosome pairs, laser microsurgery between separating chromosome ends reduced elongation by 7±3% suggesting a source of chromosome strain independent of viscous drag. When microsurgery was used to sever chromosomes during transport, kinetochore attached fragments continued poleward travel while half of end fragments traveled towards the opposite pole and the remaining fragments either did not move or segregated to the proper pole. Microsurgery directed between chromosome ends always ceased cross-polar fragment travel suggesting the laser severed a physical tether transferring force to the fragment. Optical trapping of fragments moving towards the opposite pole estimates an upper boundary on the tethering force of 1.5 pN.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 1034703 (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273056
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew Ono, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Daryl Preece, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Michelle Duquette, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Arthur Forer, York Univ. (Canada)
Michael Berns, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10347:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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