Talk:2013 Group 4 Project

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Group Assessment Criteria

  1. The key points relating to the topic that your group allocated are clearly described.
  2. The choice of content, headings and sub-headings, diagrams, tables, graphs show a good understanding of the topic area.
  3. Content is correctly cited and referenced.
  4. The wiki has an element of teaching at a peer level using the student's own innovative diagrams, tables or figures and/or using interesting examples or explanations.
  5. Evidence of significant research relating to basic and applied sciences that goes beyond the formal teaching activities.
  6. Relates the topic and content of the Wiki entry to learning aims of cell biology.
  7. Clearly reflects on editing/feedback from group peers and articulates how the Wiki could be improved (or not) based on peer comments/feedback. Demonstrates an ability to review own work when criticised in an open edited wiki format. Reflects on what was learned from the process of editing a peer's wiki.
  8. Evaluates own performance and that of group peers to give a rounded summary of this wiki process in terms of group effort and achievement.
  9. The content of the wiki should demonstrate to the reader that your group has researched adequately on this topic and covered the key areas necessary to inform your peers in their learning.
  10. Develops and edits the wiki entries in accordance with the above guidelines.

Week 2 Project topic selection, preliminary researching on the topic.

Week 3 By the next practical class (after the mid-session break) there should be sub-headings and content on your actual project page and interactions between individual group members on this discussion page.

Week 4 Each group member should now have selected 4 papers relevant to their section of the project. These, or any other papers, can now be used to generate content (text, images and tables) within the project page. Students can also work on additional sub-headings on the project page.

Week 8 Peer assessment of group project work.

  • Each student will carry out an assessment of all Group projects other than their own.
  • This written assessment should then be pasted on the actual project discussion page and your own individual student page.
  • The peer assessment for each project should be concise and include both positive and negative critical analysis of the current project status.
  • The actual assessment criteria (shown above) can be used if you like.
  • Each student assessment should be your own work and be completed before the next Lab.



Student Discussion Area

Peer-Marking Assessment

Group 4: I like the general structure and flow of the wiki page. There are some minor grammatical errors and formatting can be further improved (using italics for headers can be quite confusing).I also like the use of a general introduction of mitochondria and the use of pictures to summarise. The history section is good in a general overview of cellular biology as it approaches to recent years and narrows on spindle fiber. However, this section is incomplete. The group can perhaps use more subheadings in the structure section to break down that big section into smaller parts in order to help readers better understand what is being discussed. External links should be pushed all to the bottom, under the useful links section as it seems odd to have external links under some sections and have a useful links section as well. The glossary is useful, and can be further expanded to encompass the other complex terms introduced in the page.

Group 4 Well done! You guys seem to have a really good understanding of your topic. Your images are slightly too big in some places such as the intro section but that's something very minor. In terms of content, your history table has a lot going on and is a bit overwhelming when you first look at it. It might be beneficial if you simplified the info a little bit. It might be worthwhile cutting some of it out, especially info about cells in general and then focus more on your topic. I like the section at the end about complications. Overall, good job guys!

--Z3451879 (talk) 15:56, 23 May 2013 (EST)

Group 4 Intro - Photo is way too big. Needs citations. Other than that, good intro!

Historical research - Good but there’s a ton on here about cells and cell division but not too much on the actual topic. Great images.

Structure - Good research and referencing. It’s just a little too hard to read. I would change the formatting a bit.

Function - Well done. Nice section. Could use more references.

Mech - No complaints here. Good use of images.

Current and Future Research - Nicely done.

Complications - Cool little bit at the end, Really informative.

--Z3330795 (talk) 14:39, 23 May 2013 (EST)

Group 4 -> Spindle Apparatus

The key points relating to the topic that your group allocated are clearly & simply described, this already showing a superior layout. The choice of content, headings and sub-headings, diagrams, tables, graphs show a extensive understanding of the topic, an in depth detailed yet simplified for a diverse audience is demonstrated. Content is perfectly cited and referenced.The wiki has an element of teaching at a peer level using the student's own innovative diagrams, tables or figures and/or using interesting examples or explanations more than other groups however more figures need to be added to trim the text heavy nature of this page. Evidence of significant research relating to basic and applied sciences does goes beyond the formal teachings. Extremely impressive layout and understanding however too text heavy at times.

z3377769 Peer Mark

Group 4 peer review 1. Content and writing - Intro o Your introduction is good well written, nice and simple but as far as I’m concerned less than half of it has anything to do with the spindle apparatus. This should change, absolutely define how the spindle apparatus fits into cell division but focus on the spindle apparatus, not mitosis, meiosis, sperm, egg and chromosomes - Timeline o This is good, up to now you are the first group I’ve seen to use an image in yout timeline o All I would say is that some of these time points have a lot of information in them. Keep it as brief as possible - Structure o First paragraph is bang on I think o I would have a comma after “cells” o I would also have “and are” between centrosomes and found o This second paragraph just doesn’t seem to flow there is no coherent idea in the paragraph. I think you have state a few things but need to explain them, especially the last sentence. o Anchor not “anchore”? o Paragraphs 3 and 4 are good o This is all really, good, nice simple language, accurate terminology good content o “the spindle becomes ” A compacted. o Paragraph 6 is good. What I would say is there are you references? There seems to be one reference per paragraph in all the Structure I’ve read so far. You should analyse more than one text and combine the ideas to create this project o Paragraph 7: more references, good stuff o Paragraph 8  Do you need a space between “encircling the mitotic spindle.As a result…”? o Very good, and I like how you have and external link relating to your area at the end of the section. Not the end of the page, touch of class. - Function o Intro  Very good o Alignment  I think you should always have a comma after however. Right at the start of line 4.  Previously you have mentioned Microtubule associated protein as MAPs. You could do this again just for flow.  “as reviewed in Wodeman (2008), studies have shown…” given you are talking about one study? Why have u said studies?  This is all good, but where are your references? You start talking about wordemans’ work in the last 2 sentences but where did the rest of the information? Same can be said for the next paragraph  Why al al? Top of second paragraph. et al.!  I would say research compiled by not “research that is done by…”  Start of the second sentence I would say Nup188 localizes… get rid of the rest  You have changed tenses in the 4th sentence, you have uses and observed. Uses is present tense, observed is past  Just say observed, “you don’t need to found that”  “the study also found” not they.  Good content, not bit of polish needed and where are your references? o Chromosome segregation  References?  “encodes a protein that with a” this doesn’t make sense  After the word microtubule in line 3 I don’t understand what you are trying to say in the rest of that sentence. I really can’t follow. It cross links and pushes against another microtubule. Then it activates to become a directional motor that drives spindle elongation (via ATP hydrolysis)? Would that be better?  Good, just that middle sentence is a bit strange  Paragraph 3, et al. not “at el” o Bipolarity  1st paragraph is good  “Further study compiled by Simeonov et al. ”  Very good section o Mechanisms  Intro • all good but where are the references?  Search and capture • Second sentence relative needs to be relatively • Very good, clear and conscience I like the way you have a visual aid for this section. • Good referencing too  Microtubule self-organising • Very good again, good visual aid, and you have contrasted the 2 models. If there is more points where these theories differ please include them o Current research  Actin filaments • et al. needs a full stop • “set themselves to mitotic spindle poles and” are, not is. • et al. not et all • they used? • Third paragraph by combining (as opposed to combine) • Last sentence, the data obtained (not obtain)  Spindle assembly • et al. needs a full stop • very good  Role of aurora • et al. needs a full stop • Functions were not known. Second sentence • Very good o Complications  Neuro diseases • Microencephaly o Good, nice and simple, with an image and plenty of references • Lissencephaly o Very good • Carcinogenesis o Great. - All the content needs is clearing up. Some of the sentences aren’t all that clear, some are unclear, keep it simple 2. Referencing - The et al.-ing in your project is very creative, search through your page and make sure you get this right. Also in a lot of paragraphs you only reference one paper, I think this is unwise, you should look to combine ideas in the scientific world. 3. Elements of teaching - This project page is written at a very good level, there is no overload of technical language nor does it sound like year 10 biology. Perfect tone some of the clarity isn’t there but that only needs small tweaks 4. Presentation - Very good balance between words, the function section could do with an image. Or maybe a video showing the cells dividing if possible.  

Peer review

I quite like the image you have at the top of the page and think that it makes it more enticing for us to read! Your introduction is good but doesn't really discuss the spindle Apparatus nor is it referenced. I think if you added a brief paragraph of what you are going to be discussing on your page would be a nice idea. The images you have added are good and help break up the text. However I think you should have your own proper description of the images rather than solely using the authors one. The history section is well laid out but most of the dates dt have references. Also the first image in this table is rather large, you are able to make that image smaller on the page whcihc I think would be a good idea for that section. In the later dates I would probably suggest that you cut down the amount of content you have written or put it in bullet points so that it makes it easier to read. The structure section is good but again there is a lot of content, if possible I would try and simplify some areas or put them into bullet points. I think that you have made good use of your images in this section. The function is good but I would suggest that you add some images in this section if possible and also try to make sure that you reference at least every paragraph. Overall I think you've done a great job and if you fix up some of the things I've suggested then it will be an even better page to read!

Peer assessment: Criteria: 1. The key points relating to the topic that your group allocated are clearly described. 2. The choice of content, headings and sub-headings, diagrams, tables, graphs show a good understanding of the topic area. 3. Content is correctly cited and referenced. 4. The wiki has an element of teaching at a peer level using the student's own innovative diagrams, tables or figures and/or using interesting examples or explanations. 5. Evidence of significant research relating to basic and applied sciences that goes beyond the formal teaching activities. 6. Relates the topic and content of the Wiki entry to learning aims of cell biology.

Your topic has been nicely broken down with appropriate headings, subheadings, images and content(1) At first glance your webpage looks amazing, but when you read the table you find that it sort of refers to all events in the discovery/study of cells - yet YOUR focus is on the spindle apparatus, thus logically your timeline should focus on that. Maybe you guys did this to fill it up or something, but it just seems unnecessary because we ALL could have put that information in each one of our timelines and it would have been appropriate. I do appreciate how it gives insight into the whole history of cells, which many may be interested in, I know I for one enjoyed reading it; so maybe it's an interesting take on the timeline that is unique. Really liked the layout, the alternating image positions break up the text and prevent it from being boring. Maybe you guys could include some videos as I'm sure there have just gotta be some fantastic ones out there someplace! Also in the table of contents, 1.2.1 seems like a big of a large title, you might want to just shorten it so it fits better(2) References well done, however in case you guys haven't noticed numbers 60 and 62 are repeats! Also maybe you guys could move the references from the end of sentences to be included in the sentence? I feel it would flow better, also you might want to double-check the grammar for there seem to be some small issue easily dealt with(3) Your page has a nice feel to it and promotes learning through the variety of image types, positioning and textual layout(4) Seems like much research has gone into it judging from the referencing and image assortment, especially all the effort put into the timeline(5) The spindle apparatus is important to cellular division, so well done with your choice of topic(6)

z3374507 Assessment- Group 4

The Key points concerning the spindle apparatus throughout cell division seem to be addresses. The images supplement the text very well. The content is very thorough and informative- it demonstrates the completion of a significant amount of research. The referencing for both the text and images is done well.

A few of the headings seem excessively long. The formatting in some areas (Introduction and mechanisms of formation) is a little clumsy. Adjusting the balancing/position of images and text can easily fix this. The history table is a little overwhelming. Maybe condense the information or write a briefer summary for the articles presented.

You guys hav done a really great job. If you address a few of the following point your page will be excellent. Not much else to fix.

Group 4

Hi group 4. Let’s do this.

The image to start your page off is nice to look at, mesmerising some would call it. In my opinion it’s pretty huge and it could be better used to accompany some text later on, on your project page.

Introduction While mentioning the spindle apparatus in the second paragraph, I feel you can go a little more into its importance and relevance with regard to cell division, because at the moment it’s a little bit more cell division heavy rather than spindle apparatus heavy. Even though you may know this information yourself, you still need to reference it.

Historical Research Brief Timeline of Some Key Discoveries regarding Cells, Cell Division, and Subsequent Historical Research On Spindle Apparatus

Maybe think of a different heading, Historical Timeline: ......

Some references are missing in the timeline.

Structure - Images used here are great, but they cause a great deal of disruption to the text. Well researched section and well written also.

Function - A text-heavy section, but I’m comparing it to the other sections of your page which contain a lot of images.

Mechanism of Formation – “The spindle itself is defined by microtubule nucleation occurring mainly at the two centrosomes. The microtubules aid in organising the spindle as well as its function in segregating chromosomes into two daughter cells”

  • No need to repeat this, you can go straight into introducing the mechanisms.

Complications – Instead of block paragraphs, this would be better organised in a table, making it easier to read. Nice picture to accompany the text.

Overall a nice looking page, just a few little formatting things to work around. Great work!

Group 4 Feedback

Well written introduction, but may be to include citations is not a bad idea. History table and structure section is really detailed and great use of pictures. Mechanism of formation and current research are also structured well and had relevant images. May be to include one image at least underneath the “function” subheading. But overall this project seems that the members have put a lot of effort in to it, and so far this has been my favorite wikie page.

Group 4

The information here are well balanced however, they are a little bit untidy. When I was reading your information, sometimes I had to scroll down and up to link the information to the other. Also it is good that you have included acronyms and including what they mean, however, you should introduce them first and give a little bit about their functions before including them on your sentences. Remember that people who will access these information in the future might know nothing about all the acronyms so giving a little bit of background about them would be helpful. Fixing this issue will make your whole project flawless :)

The balance between the images and texts are very good. The tables are excellent and the glossary are good. Overall, well done.

Group 4: Spindle Apparatus

z3374087 assessment

Having a picture immediately is great as it allows the reader to understand what this structure looks like before reading about the page. This will help greatly with visualising what is occurring later on throughout the descriptions. The introduction is exceptional. It is short, sharp and succinct and the use of a picture is also great as a visual aid. Especially the pictures illustrating the different structures of the spindle apparatuses during the different stages of mitosis. The history is exceptional and in my opinion is the best section of the entire project. It details all the research into the spindle apparatus including its structure and function. Again the use of pictures is great in accompanying the information and maintaining the reader’s interest. The ‘structure’ section is detailed and has great pictures addressing all aspects of the information however the function section needs work. The paragraphs need restructuring so that they flow better and visual aids are required. This is because throughout all of the group project to that point the use of visual aid has been extensive then all of a sudden it stops. Therefore to maintain the exceptional flow of the projects pictures are needed that accompany and support the information that is being relayed to the reader. Again the current research section is very descriptive however the use of links may be required. The glossary is extensive and addresses all major words used throughout the project. Referencing is also extensive and quite impressive. Overall this is definitely a HD worthy group project. Only paragraph restructuring and pictures are required in the ‘function’ section. Group 4-Spindle Apparatus


  • The large picture on the top is uploaded correctly however it is very large and maybe it could be made smaller.
  • The introduction is good however it isnt focusing on the spindle apparatus rather cell division itself. While it is important to giev a brief overview of the process there is no relevance to your overall topic if you just talk about cell division in your introduction.
  • The images used are uploaded properly and are relevant.
  • This section also needs referencing.

Historical Research

  • There is to much history on the cell rather than the spindle apparatus.
  • You need to reference all the points made in the history.
  • The research carried out is very good and the information given is very detailed.
  • The table isnt finished and there are no points from 2000 onwards.
  • The incorporation of images in the table is excellent.


  • Good use of images, there are many and they are uploaded correctly and the descriptions you have provided are excellent.
  • This section is presented very well as things such as the microtubules were explained very well.
  • Maybe add more references.


  • You are re-stating that the spindle apparatus is made out of microtubules.
  • There are references every paragraph rather than a few per paragraph, maybe add more.
  • The section is very informative and relevant

Mechanism of Formation

  • It is good that you have supported your text with images.
  • The comparing of the two models within the paragraphs is very good and helps to better understand.

Current and Future Research

  • There is relevant current research that is summarised well.
  • There is no paragraph on future research.
  • The information on the current research also has specific papers which is excellent.


  • The complications are well researched and suprisingly relevant images have been uploaded.
  • Referenced well.

Overall The project is well written and relevant however certain sections need to be fixed up such as the introduction and history as it is not relevant for all the information. Certain sections need to be researched more but overall however the project is researched well and presented well.

  • Introduction: I think your introduction has good information but I think you’ve focused more on mitosis and meiosis than the actual Spindle Apparatus. You only have two sentences about the spindle apparatus and the sentences have a couple of grammatical errors as well. But more importantly, you have not stated the purpose of the wiki page or how you will explore the function of the spindle apparatus. Finally, I think using three images in the introduction isn’t a good idea because you haven’t even described the spindle apparatus etc. Also, for two of the pictures you haven’t actually referred to them at all- there are no student description of what they are illustrating. Maybe consider placing them under the subheading: Function as there are no images there and it’s properly more related to that section.
  • History: Your history has been very well researched up to the year 1997, but there is no information after this date, Ensure that you complete this and try to add some recent discoveries closer to 2013- this will add more value to your information as well.
  • Structure: This section has not only been researched well but also very well presented. I like how you go into details about what the spindle is composed of and their significance. Also, the images are fantastic; you’ve actually provided a relevant description of what they show. The external link is great as well but unfortunately a couple of your paragraphs only have one reference which needs to be addressed.
  • Function: You should be careful not to repeat some of the information that is already stated about the Spindle Apparatus, e.g. that it is composed of microtubules etc. Also, you need to use more than one reference because your first paragraph has no reference and the following two have one each. To prevent copy right violations etc. you need to cite your sources correctly and sufficiently. Also, it would be a good idea if you used one of the images from the introduction for this part of the page as they are more relevant to the information presented here. Alternatively you can include a student drawn image (you need to have at least one suitable image somewhere on your project page- see the marking criteria).
  • Mechanisms of Formation: As I’ve mentioned earlier, it is important not to repeat the information that has already been stated in the above subheadings. Also you need to include a couple of more references in your first paragraph unless you have used only one source to write the whole paragraph (which is not a good thing to do). Though it’s good to see that you talk about the microtubule self-organisation model and you’ve actually elaborated on the Ran-GTP and the CPC cascade, this helps the reader to better understand the rest of the information. Finally the images are relevant and they have a student description as well.
  • Current research: I admire the fact that you have include data from the actual research papers to support the information that you have provided. The line graph is also a good and your explanation of Myo10 in the meiotic spindles is good.
  • Complications: How about you put this information in a table format? Not only will it make the information appear more organised but also easier for the reader to read as there. For example, making a table that has the following sub-headings: Lissencephaly and Microencephaly but the main heading should be neurological diseases.
  • Glossary: It’s a really good idea that you have a glossary there as it is part of the criteria but you probably need to add a some more definitions.

Peer Assessment


  • I feel as though the actual spindle apparatus should be talked about more. While the definitions of mitosis and meiosis are good, I suggest that maybe these could go in the glossary instead and focus more on the role of the spindles in cell division. Maybe also give a brief overview of what the page will discuss
  • Images accompanying text are great, showing the activity of the spindles and breaking up the text
  • I think that the large image at the beginning of the page could be used in the body of the project, or made a little smaller if you want to keep it at the top of the page
  • Images have all info required but need to fix up the referencing
  • This section lacks referencing

Historical Research:

  • This section is very well researched
  • Don’t think that the subheading in this section is necessary
  • There are no major gaps in time so it flows well. However, some of the sections could be summarised a little more and may want to reconsider the first few dates and discoveries, could start with the discovery of the spindle
  • Some of the discoveries lack referencing
  • I like how images have been incorporated into the timeline, however, they should be referenced properly
  • May want to include more recent discoveries


  • This section contains a substantial amount of information, some of this could be better off in the function section or summarised more
  • Good use of images which all contain the necessary information


  • This section is very well researched, it does however repeat some of the info previously mentioned (particularly the first paragraph which isn’t referenced)
  • This section could use an image or two to break-up the text, perhaps one from a previous section
  • Feel as though some more referencing is needed

Mechanism of Formation:

  • Good use of subheadings in this section
  • Good balance of text and image. Some of the parts of the images could be explained in own words
  • There appears to be some repetition of some info in the opening paragraph with the previous sections

Current Research:

  • The different research studies have been explained thoroughly and summarised well and the accompanying images contribute to the section well.
  • Maybe could provide links to these studies
  • Could add some future research topics?


  • Interesting section to include, well summarised and broken up

Overall, this topic has been researched well and there’s a good balance of text and images. There appears to be some repetition in the structure, function and mechanism sections particularly in the opening paragraphs and there’s some overlap in the structure and function sections

Group 4


  • You don't need to start with definitions, especially basic terms. Cell division and mitosis? This is suppose to be catering to university levels so it should be already assumed knowledge.
  • Should started with the basic definition of spindle apparatus and quick breakdown of what to expect of the wiki page.
  • Dare I say, too many images. Especially for the beginning. Pick between Mitosis Spindles DJ-Sharp.gif and Microtubules-spindles-metaphase-jane.jpg because one image should only be there.
  • Remove the Gallery section, it feels out of place.
  • This section should of been a simple one paragraph with one image introducing the topic and it does let down the rest of the page because how it messy it is.

Historical Research

  • Remove the subheading, unnecessary.
  • Nice colours which makes it easier to read.
  • Long and detailed in some timelines, while a single sentence in others. Maybe the long ones can be simplified, but if you believe it's all important then leaving it's just fine.
  • Maybe some pictures of the scientists that made the discoveries.


  • This section is done well. Nice detailed info.
  • The images are lined up nicely. (left to right)


  • Very detailed info and separated nicely.
  • Does need images but finding a relevant image does seem difficult given some the headings.

Mechanism of Formation

  • Very easy to read and I did learn a few things.
  • Put the Search and Capture Model.jpg a bit higher and put Comparing Spindle Models.jpg to the left would make this section much more accessible.

Current research

  • Swap this section with Complications.
  • All subheadings should be capitalised.
  • Provide a Future Research section.
  • One reference is 5 years old, which is too long to be considered current.
  • I can't help feeling that usually Current Research sections should be brief and simple explanation what the scientists are trying to achieve. Maybe a bit too detailed for my liking.


  • Swap this section with Current Research.
  • Microencephaly and Lissencephaly don't have the right formatting for headings. Possibly use ====Lissencephaly==== or '''Lissencephaly'''

Formatting Issues

  • Repeated references in the "References" section. To fix this issue, you have to go back to when the first time you used the reference. At the moment it looks like this:


You have to give the reference a name, to do this change the first line like so:

<ref name="PMIDXXXXX"><pubmed>XXXXX</ref>

It's preferable to rename the reference under the PMID to avoid confusion. From there, to continue using the same reference you have to type and replace this simple line:

<ref name="PMIDXXXXX"/>

This will clean up the reference list and avoid the repeated reference. Note that if you reorganise page content, ensure that the first instance of the reference has the ref name tag <ref name="PMIDXXXXX">.

  • All images need at least one paragraph or sentence described in the uploader's words explaining the image, afterwards signed with the signature.
  • You need at least one student drawn picture.

"Note that the group project requires the inclusion of at least one student drawn image (from the group)."

Refer to this part of the website for tips:

  • For all images you should put it in a thumb picture so you can provide a quick explanation and also use the reference line after that description. It should look like this:

[[File:picture.jpg|thumb|short description of picture being displayed<ref><pubmed>XXXXX</ref></pubmed>]]

  • All references should be directly after the full stop (it's a little format issue but will be noticed).

--Z3293267 (talk) 18:16, 22 May 2013 (EST)

Group 4 Nice picture at the beginning of the page, I think the introduction should be about the spindle itself rather than cell division because we all know the phases this far along in our studies. History table is well written, I think you could put the pictures outside the table to make it a bit nicer, and there are some rows that don't have any text. Structure is really well written and laid out, genes and proteins listed which is good. Function is well explained and broken down into sections. Formation is well written as is the rest of the project. Diseases are nicely broken down too so it makes it simple to read and understand.

I like the way you use the diagram to explain the mitosis event. The table is well presented and just need to fill in the 1980s part. The diagram in the structure section could be adjusted a bit so that the word "during" isn't separated from the rest of the sentences. Other than that it is good. Overall, the content is logical and well-presented. In certain areas the between diagram and text is good, which makes it interesting.

Group 4

  • Good introduction, Very detailed. Relevant and interesting pictures
  • Although just an introduction, citations are still a good idea.

Historical research

  • Very detailed history of the spindle apparatus. Well written too
  • Pictures within the table look great
  • Colours are pleasing to the eye
  • Just be sure to add info for ‘1890s’ and either add information to the last two blank rows or get rid of them.


  • Well written, informative. It could help if it was a little more succinct but overall, this wasn’t a big issue for me.
  • Good citation


  • I really liked this section. It was structured well, was informative and was easy to read (whilst still being very scientific).
  • Subheadings worked well
  • Adding a picture or two would help break up the text

Mechanism of formation

  • Good information. Similar in style/structure/detail to ‘structure’.
  • Similar to ‘structure’, this section can afford to be a bit more succinct. It was a bit much to take in.
  • Pictures worked well. Relevant and aesthetically pleasing.

Current research, complictions

  • Overall, not much criticism for these sections.
  • Well written, good use of referencing.
  • Good structure and succinct enough to read.
  • Pictures looked good and were relevant to the information.
  • Good use of glossary – Not too long and defined relevant words.

Peer Review

The first picture is really good, I actually like how it’s a big picture with no text because it makes the person who is looking at the page focus on what the spindle apparatus is.

Although the introduction gives a good introduction to cell division in general, there could be more specifics of spindle apparatus and why it’s an important component of cell division.

The History table is good and gives a lot of relevant information, but there is text missing from the 1890’s box.

The section about structure has a good balance of text and supporting pictures, while the function section could use a few more images. I also noticed in these sections that some paragraphs had no references.

The current research and complications sections were interesting and informative.

Overall, it’s a good page and the images help to explain what you’re writing about.

Conversations/Comments from Group Members

--Z3370664 (talk) 15:38, 23 May 2013 (EST) I noticed that the first image at the top of the page became distorted after being made into a thumbnail. I think it was due to the fact that it was a gif image. So i now made it into a jpg image (Mitosis_Spindles_DJ-Sharp.JPG) and reuploaded and inserted that image at the top of the page. Now it looks right. :)

--Z3369112 (talk) 15:15, 23 May 2013 (EST) Tried to reposition the spindle apparatus image at the top of the page so that it is located next to the contents table. Also adjusted the size since most peer marking commented about the size. Unfortunately, as you can see, it changes the image at any size below 700x. Should we find a new image?

--Z3369112 (talk) 16:41, 16 May 2013 (EST)Instructions for peer-marking assessment will be listed where all the individual lab assessments are posted. There are 7 group Wiki pages. Each student must peer-mark the 6 other group Wiki pages and put it on your own individual page (as per all the previous lab assessments). How to peer-mark? Start by reading the group page (does it make sense? is content repeated? are there enough pictures?), list down the positives and negatives of the group, check the structure of the Wiki page, if it contains the basic subheadings and images are properly referenced, etc. Course coordinator does not expect too much (half a page is a maximum limit). Individual assessment is course coordinator reading your comments and seeing if you've done a good job. Needs to be completed by next week's lab, Thursday 23rd May 2013.

--Z3369112 (talk) 16:19, 16 May 2013 (EST)During today's lab session, groups were given the opportunity to discuss and finalise their group Wiki page before the peer-marking assessment. Some suggestions we all came up with was adding a table of protein functions to the Current Research section, fixing the multiple references and adding more pictures. To solve the problem of Editing Conflict, it was advised by the course coordinator to edit the Wiki page section in one's individual page and then only paste it into the group Wiki page.

--Z3376548 (talk) 20:36, 15 May 2013 (EST)yeah, it's a good idea to add more stuff in, I will look for more function related sub-components in advance!

--Z3376548 (talk) 20:36, 15 May 2013 (EST)I am thinking about placing them in a subsection "current research and past research"...

--Z3376548 (talk) 20:36, 15 May 2013 (EST)It has more for me to talk about as now I am focusing on the functions of some un-replacable substances that aid spindle formation, as in like, the function they have to stablise spindle anchoring, etc...

--Z3376548 (talk) 20:36, 15 May 2013 (EST)hello group fellows! after spending time on my subsection which is "function of spindle apparatus" , I found nothing more to talk about but just it is there to pull two chromotids apart........

--Z3374392 (talk) 15:04, 15 May 2013 (EST) I think we should add more information on dynamic instability. Perhaps in the mechanism of formation section?

--Z3374392 (talk) 22:08, 11 May 2013 (EST) I added more information on complications. I know there are reference double ups atm. I will fix those up soon.

--Z3374392 (talk) 18:51, 10 May 2013 (EST) I am adding more information on structure today. Also, I think it would be great to include a nice image in the intro and perhaps a few thumbnails in the timeline.

--Z3374392 (talk) 23:14, 10 May 2013 (EST) I think it would be a good idea to have a section on the complications and diseases. I am starting this section now. Alse, the last reference I've used in the 'structure' section won't format properly. I don't know what's wrong! Can someone please try and fix it? Thank you

--Z3374392 (talk) 15:28, 9 May 2013 (EST) In today's lecture, the spindle apparatus was discussed. There was mention of the astral microtubules, kinetochore microtubules and polar microtubules. This is a very important part of the structure and I have yet to mention. I will have that done by next week. I need to also add more information on the structures of the microtubules e.g. the tubulin

--Z3369112 (talk) 15:46, 9 May 2013 (EST) Course coordinator looked through our group page today. Some comments on our page include revisiting Introduction once whole page is complete, referencing must not include review articles if possible, history table information should be distilled to key components and include images or drawings (based on other images) for events, structure section should touch on microtubule, balance of images and text (pretty pictures!), inclusion of student image disclosure, current research is within the last 5 years, select a few proteins to discuss and glossary does not need to include references. Also, before the due date, we should include all the conversations (relevant ones) we had in our FB group. From other groups, course coordinator suggested Public Library of Science website.

--Z3374392 (talk) 15:57, 9 May 2013 (EST) Have a look at Journal of Cell Biology and Public Library of Science. They will have less copyright issues

--Z3369112 (talk) 21:15, 1 May 2013 (EST) Based on what we discussed on our alternate discussion page, we should aim to add on more information than what was previously contributed. Some suggestions could be searching for more relevant articles and if you're unsure, asking another team member for their input. We all have assessments to do that takes up a lot of time, but hopefully we can all help each other out.

--Z3374392 (talk) 17:37, 24 April 2013 (EST) I saw some more useful things in the last lecture regarding structure. I will try to incorporate this new information soon. Btw, we should all be adding more information and making the page look good.

--Z3369112 (talk) 13:11, 18 April 2013 (EST) Problem with this topic is though we have a general idea of what needs to be presented, we don't know if we're going into too much detail about each thing. We could aim to get this Wiki done a few days/weeks prior to the due date and possibly present a draft? Additional note: latest additions to the discussion page should be entered right underneath the conversations/comments heading. That's what the lecturer said :)

--Z3374392 (talk) 19:58, 16 April 2013 (EST) I hope my section on structure isn't too concerned with molecular pathways. I'm worried that I may have left some of the 'major' aspects out.

--Z3369112 (talk) 19:15, 15 April 2013 (EST) I'm doing the Mechanism of Formation section. After discussing with the lecturer, I decided not to focus so much on the molecular pathways involved in the spindle assembly models and instead, just name all the proteins/parts involved in the action. Still have to look up more journal articles on the topic I think, as I feel that my section could still be improved.

--Z3370664 (talk) 16:54, 11 April 2013 (EST) : I'm doing the introduction, historical research, and current research sections.

Transcript of Discussion from Facebook group page

--Z3369112 (talk) 00:01, 16 May 2013 (EST) In order to make communication between each of the members easier, a private group page was formed in Facebook in order to keep members updated in any changes that was made to the group Wiki and also to function as an alternate location for discussion. Below is the transcript of said discussions with names removed.

--Z3369112 (talk) 15:42, 30 May 2013 (EST)UPDATE: After 15th May 2013, the FB discussion continued and the transcript from 15th May to 30th May (due date) is attached according to the date.

25th March 2013

Z3374392 hey was the topic 'cell division?' I was thinking perhaps binary fission. How about you guys? any ideas?

Z3369112 Yup, the topic was cell division. I'm alright with that

Z3369112 Just as a note, some of the topics he suggested were: one of the phases, cytokinetics, spindle formation and how organelles segregate (mitochondria, etc.)

Z3376548 hmm..binary fission is prokaryote-specific cell division.. if we choose to talk about it then we might need to go for all the steps instead of just one specific phase like, metaphase ...more a good idea if we focus on one phase perhaps~

Z3369112 True... I just checked the Wiki and Prophase and Anaphase are already taken

Z3374392 I'm kinda liking spindle formation

Z3376548 and I am all good with it, should we put it in ourgroup then? be4 it's taken ?

Z3374392 yes please!

Z3369112 It would be a good one, considering we can have nice labelled diagrams too

Z3376548 done...~

Z3370664 are we doing spindle formation in mitosis? or does it matter if we do both meiosis and mitosis?

Z3374392 I haven't looked into it yet, but I think they use the same processed

Z3374392 processes*

Z3369112 Yeah, its the same process, just called a different name I think

Z3369112 The only sections I can think of to write so far are structure and function

Z3374392 well since it's a wiki page, probably history as well?

Z3374392 and mechanism of formation

Z3370664 and current research

28th March 2013

Z3369112 Task for Easter break: 1) Find four research articles that are relevent to your section and include a brief summary each as to why it is useful (one paragraph). Make sure someone hasn't already chosen the same articles. 2) Find one relevant image/figure that can be used and important for the topic. 3) All should be linked as Lab 3 assessment on your student page too. 3) Update your section sufficiently.

29th March 2013

Z3374392 what did the course coordinator say about using review articles? Because I found a really good one and want to use it D:

Z3369112 He said he prefers research articles BUT if it's a really good review, he'll allow it. Don't think he'll allow that many though.

Z3374392 cool beans i'll just use one then

Z3374392I just realised that there are different types of spindles during the phases e.g. mitotic spindle and central spindle. Should we specifiy that we're doing mitotic spindle?

Z3374392 i found this whole article on just central spindles =S

Z3374392 or should we talk about all of it? Although we're still just collecting information. We can narrow it down after we do more research?

Z3369112 Collecting information first would be better.... But yeah, if it starts getting too much, we can just stick to one type of spindle.

3rd April 2013

Z3374392 okay i've uploaded stuff onto the group page! It's not complete or anything, but have a look anyway =)

Z3369112 Good job so far!

Z3374392 i'm so incompetent. took me 30 mins to upload one image!

Z3369112 Haha practise makes perfect! At least you've got pictures up. Each remotely good image I find has some weird copyright issue D:

Z3374392 I KNOW O_O. It actually took me 2 days to find that green spindle picture

4th April 2013

Z3376548 hello group fellows! after spending time on my subsection which is "function of spindle apparatus" , I found nothing more to talk about but just it is there to pull two chromotids apart........

It has more for me to talk about as now I am focusing on the functions of some un-replacable substances that aid spindle formation, as in like, the function they have to stablise spindle anchoring, etc...

I am thinking about placing them in a subsection "current research and past research"... any suggestion?

Z3369112 Sounds good since it is relevant. Not too much for you though?

Z3374392 I still think you should have at least a brief mechanism of their function =O

Z3376548 ok i will do both

Z3374392 i think they also help maintain bipolarity which is important

4th April 2013

Z3374392 can someone please check if i've done this right?

Z3369112 Looks about right, but then again, we never received feedback on whether we did it right the first time lol

Z3374392 true that

Z3376548 so.... another question, how current ##should current research usually be? I reckon within 5 years maybe?

Z3374392 yeah, that sounds good

6th April 2013

Z3374392 Yo, who is doing mechanism of formation btw?

Z3369112 That's me

Z3369112 Most of the information I pull up though keeps overlapping somehow with the structure and function so far

Z3374392 that's what i've been finding too D: I found a good review article on it though Are you talking about the molecular basis of the formation and destruction of microtubules etc?

Z3369112 I was thinking about that, but course coordinator keeps emphasising that cell biology doesn't focus on the molecular side (molecular biology) so I'm not sure. HELP D:

Z3374392 oohh yeeah D: Perhaps email him? I mean according to him, cell biology is just structure and function. With spindles, there's only so much structure and function you can go into without bringing in molecular mechanisms =S

Z3374392 Also, that's why I think we should definitely still keep 'Function' as one of our subtopics even though they only do one damn thing really LOL

Z3369112 Emailed. Hopefully he replies soon. I feel really bad for not adding anything into the wiki yet ><

Z3374392 He replies pretty quickly usually! Dw about it! everyone knows you're doing stuff

8th April 2013

Z3369112 I've put some of my section up on the wiki (emphasis on 'some' haha). Course coordinator still hasn't replied to my e-mail about the molecular focus yet ><

Z3376548 I have done some in current research part... And I will catch up on the function part soon...

Z3374392 it's cool, we have plenty of time! Just remember to put something up before thursday because that's when the course coordinator will check

Z3370664 i'll also add stuff to my sections today. i've had so many other assessments due this week so i was really preoccupied.

Z3374392 no worries

11th April 2013

Z3370664 I added an article summary in the current research section, along with the image from the article. I'll add more articles next week. I also have a lot of articles to help me write in the historical research section, but so far i just pasted in the summary that i wrote for my 4 articles for the lab 3 assessment. I need more time to organise everything in order and then i need to put them into the table. I can't put them in the table now because i need to organise all the 200 years of history and that's going to take time, so i'm sorry i couldn't add much yet.

24th April 2013

Z3374392 we should be doing more stuff on our page =/ I admit, I haven't touched it in ages!

Z3369112 Yeah, ever since that initial flood of information... Let's make it a point to add on more stuff to it by Sunday, guys? If anything, update the discussion page!

24th April 2013

Z3374392 Z3370664, I was thinking you could slowly start organizing your info nicely on the page? =) Course coordinator will be going through each page on the big screen next week so we should make it look nice. Thanks!

Z3370664 yeah i'll do it this week.

10th May 2013

Z3374392 hey Z3370664, remember to add an epic picture to the intro. Perhaps one of those fluorescence ones? They always look cool. And thumbnail images might look good in the timeline. =D

Z3370664 i have some pictures for the timeline and i uploaded them last week but forgot the codes so i didnt add them inside the table yet. I'll add them soon. And i'll look for some good pictures for the introduction. I was working on another assignment so i didnt get time before. sorry.

12th May 2013

Z3374392 hey you guys, the last reference thing in my structure section just won't work! I don't know what I'm doing wrong. When you get time, can someone please have a look and try to fix it? Thanks! Btw I added some more information on structure

Z3374392 Also, I'm thinking we should add a section on complications/diseases

Z3374392 I'm starting it now


Z3370664 which reference isnt working? i'm confused. Do you mean the external link to the library? can u paste the name of the article so i can find it?

Z3374392 dw i fixed it! i was being really dumb LOL

Z3374392 thanks though!

Z3370664 but that external link isnt working.

Z3374392 the one i've posted in these comments?

Z3370664 no the one in the structure section when i clicked from the wiki page

Z3374392 OOH really? dammit, let me have a look

Z3374392 this is what i'm trying to link you have to be logged into to unsw library though. Do you know how to fix it?

Z3370664 here is the pubmed page for your article: Mitotic spindle (DIS)orientation and DISease: ca... [J Cell Biol. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Z3370664 and here's the correct direct link to the full article:

Z3374392 see if the link works now

Z3370664 it wasnt working so i fixed it now.

Z3374392 thank you!

15th May 2013

Z3374392 in Mechanism of formation, I think we'll need to mention dynamic instability in a bit more detail

Z3369112 Noted!

--Z3374392 (talk) 13:30, 26 May 2013 (EST) Okay, I've read through most of the feedback. All the irrelevant info in the intro and history need to be removed. The table info also needs to be summarised. I'm working on structure now. I will also try to draw up a relevant image for the function section.

Z3369112 Since the peer marking assessment will begin during tomorrow's lab, I'll try and get all our relevant FB comments posted up in our Discussion page before then.

Z3376548 me 2...

Z3369112 Okay, all the FB comments are up on the page I think I'll add my stuff about dynamic instability tomorrow

16th May 2013

Z3376548 i am moving the {function} part upward above mechanism of action for better display hey?

Z3376548 i mean better information flow

Z3369112 Sure, if it makes the flow better, go ahead

Z3376548 alrighty~

17th May 2013

Z3376548 why............ does the group assessment criteria sounds weird up to step 7 till 10?

Z3376548 I thought they are the guideline for us to assess other six group's group work, aint they?

Z3374392 i can;t find the criteria!

19th May 2013

Z3374392 sorry to spam the page, but I just had an idea for the function section ( since we have so little). The spindle has two main functions so we can have to subheadings : 1. Alignment 2. Chromosome segregation And we can talk about how it does this and proteins involved?

Z3374392 and bipolarity is a function too i guess

Z3374392 guys i feel like we need more info ( after looking at group 5 ). Any idea what else we could do?

Z3374392 most of our page is history LOL

Z3374392 e.g. there has been research showing that actin plays a role in spindle function
   Myosin-10 and actin filaments are essential for mitotic spindle function

Z3376548 5 has a standout wiki, I will have a look at the above tmr and figure out some new sub-material

Z3374392 thanks! so will i

Z3374392 woops, you've already talked about actin filaments! we'll definitely have to think of more sub-material

Z3374392 we can talk about the spindle checkpoint!

Z3374392 hey, i'm going to work on how kinesin motor proteins drive spindle function

Z3374392 hey you guys, I can't access the student projects! Can someone please log in and see if it works?

Z3374392 oh wait, found them. He appears to have moved them

Z3374392 where's the criteria for the feedback?


Z3374392 dfghdfkjg where on earth was that? thanks Z3369112!

Z3369112 Hahaha I just changed the 2012 to 2013 in the group URL. I couldn't find the actual link too ><

20th May 2013

Z3376548 I have enhanced function content based on Hesha's three subheading..., thanks again for the information hesha, have a good evening guys

Z3376548 I think what we have add are good, always try not to bored Mark Hill with huge amount of txt

Z3374392 we'll just balance it out with more images

Z3376548 Has you guys check the criteria we are using to critisize other gorup's wiki? apparently the course coordinator want us to write each critique with the layout numbering 1-10 according to the criteria, but criteria 7-10 seems disturbing if you know what I mean....

Z3374392 omg wtf. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THEM ONE BY ONE? ugh. yeah, 7 to 10 are weird =S we can ask him tomorrow

Z3374392 where does it say he wants us to write it out like that

Z3376548 he just said it in class, but in case I mis-heard, anyone else comment?

Z3374392 for 7, have a look through the group's discussion page and see if they've been discussing changes etc

Z3376548 ah!!! I see

Z3374392 uploaded a file.

Z3376548 I began working on more info for function. The textbook had a lot of good info + i used a few journal articles. We'll need to find journal articles to back up the info from the textbook. I thought this could be a starting point to help you out. spindle function.docx

Z3374392 btw.. I think we should really summarise our history table, or make it one of those fold-up things mark was talking about.

Z3376548 wow... textbook is impressive on those basic info that I can not find with Journals, thanks Z3374392! I will work advance from that on

Z3376548 how can we access the pubmed articles that are not free? like.. do we have some sort of previlege by being student? (just wondering)

Z3374392 Thanks Z3376548, you're a legend! And I just copy and paste the journal article title from pub med into the unsw library search and I am usually able to access the full article for free

26th May 2013


Z3374392 just wondering, is there anyone in the group with less work this week who can take care of the wiki more? This week is pathology hell for me I'll start fixing up stuff according to the feedback tomorrow

Z3369112 I've got four assessments this week D: It's over on Wednesday though so I can do stuff before Thursday

Z3374392 I'm going to work on it now. We all have to work on it a little bit every day then .

Z3374392 also i someone kept mentioning that we need at least one student drawn image. I might do that for the function section perhaps since it has no images

Z3370664 i'll add the mitosis image from my introduction into the function section.

27th May 2013

Z3374392 Z3370664 i looked through the feedback and your table is epic but we'll have to summarise each entry to like a sentence or two each

Z3370664 i'm working on it now

Z3374392 hey, i uploaded a new intro. Is that alright? D: Sorry about that, but all the feedback said our intro didn't really address the spindle apparatus

Z3370664 i was just working on the introduction the past half an hour and just when i was about to paste the new introduction, i noticed your new intro. What do i do now?

Z3374392 combine them!

Z3374392 or get rid of my stuff and add yours

Z3374392 i'm so sorry, i really should have notified you guys. But I got confused with the preview button and accidentally saved the changes ==" But yeah, just combine our info?

Z3374392 WAAHH i'm so sorry, i thought you'd be busy working on the table so i worked on the intro

Z3370664 i'm trying to combine them

Z3374392 nice work, thanks

Z3370664 i added the combined intro. Does it seem ok or is it too long?

Z3374392 Nope, I don't think it's too long. But I think that final paragraph might need to be more specific

Z3374392 In the last paragraph, after 'There is still more to learn..' can we end it with 'and through ongoing research, scientists hope to shed more light on the filaments, proteins and motors that play vital roles in the structure and function of the spindle apparatus.' ?

Z3370664 ok i added that last part. i think the introduction is ok now, i just need to add some references.

Z3374392 i think we're required to have one stduent drawn image on the page though D:

Z3374392 someone kept mentioning it in the feedback and i've already drawn most of it . I think it's to display a level of peer teaching or something

Z3374392 Z3370664 is it okay if i summarise the information in the table?

Z3370664 no i'm still working on it, i need to add a few more years

Z3369112 I'm on the Wiki now just tweaking some formatting and grammar with some TINY additions to the glossary and external links. Trying to see where else we can add stuff.

Z3374392 love you long time. I will definitely work on it tomorrow

Z3374392 or tonight

Z3374392 btw, for the function section i'm drawing an image of anaphase A and B. After I finish it, can I send it to you? I'm terrible with formatting on the wiki page so you can upload it perhaps?

Z3369112 Sure!

28th May 2013

Z3374392 Z3370664 we still need to summarise the history table and references 10-13 need to be fixed =). If you don't have time, I don't mind summarising the table so let me know. But i don't know how to fix the references though

Z3370664 what's wrong with the references?

Z3370664 they're 4 different articles

Z3374392 OOHH YEAH SO THEY ARE. no worries then

Z3370664 So far, apart from 1972, the rest of the discovery descriptions are the right length. I cant reduce them because otherwise it wont make sense.

Z3374392 when you get time, can you please fix 69,72 and 74 They're in my disease section and it's appearing in the list more than once. Thanks! I'm going through the page and making tiny edits now. I sent z3369112 my dodgy drawing and she'll upload it soon Z3374392 You could have the more detailed paragraph under the actual image file maybe? and on the wiki page itself, it could just say

   1970 - Manton et al published articles about about the later stages of meiosis I in male gametogenesis and second meiotic division.He noted the similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis which included differences in microtubule number. And then when you click on the image, you could have the more detailed description under the image with your signature.

Z3370664 But 1970 length is ok

Z3370664 ok i can delete 1 sentence from it

Z3370664 i fixed your references for 69

Z3374392 thank you!!

Z3374392 just wondering, do you need any help finding references for the intro? I'm going to work on the glossary btw

Z3370664 i'm just going to use the references that you and others have mentioned because i just summarised based on the things you and the others have written.

29th May 2013

Z3374392 Does anyone know how to do that thing where you link words to the glossary?

Z3374392 OMG I FIGURED IT OUT. I feel like i've accomplished something =')

Z3376548 Lol!

Z3370664 Hey do u know if journal of cell science allows use of their images? i'm confused: Journal of Cell Science Authors remain the owners of the copyright to the article and retain the following non-exclusive rights (for further details, please refer to the licence agreement that accompanies article proofs): (1) authors may reproduce the article, in whole or in part, in any printed book (including a thesis) o...

Z3374392 I think we're allowed to:

   Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but undertake to allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles, including for commercial purposes, provided that:
   (i) the origi...See More

Z3370664 ok. i'll add an image from their 1972 article and paste some of my description under the image to reduce it from the history table.

30th May 2013

Z3374392 Is someone editing right now? Z3370664 Yeah i was. i fixed the position of everyone's images so now it looks more neat. Is everyone ok with the position of the images now?

The following articles are related to the structure the spindle apparatus:

Article 1: As reviewed in Glotzer (2009), the spindle apparatus is made from a combination of microtubules, motors and microtubule associated proteins (MAPs). [1] This review article is mainly concerned with the central spindle that coordinates cytokinesis. Microtubules that make up spindles are cylindrical polymers that are assembled from dimers of alpha-tubulin and beta-tubulin. They are polar filaments that have a fast-growing plus end and a slow-growing minus end that is often capped by the gamma-tubulin ring complex, a ring-shaped microtubule nucleator. During metaphase, the mitotic spindle is comprised of kinetochore fibres, astral microtubules and interpolar microtubules. The fusiform shape of the spindle is the result of the microtubule minus ends focusing at the poles and by cross-linking interpolar microtubules in an overlapping region situated in the midzone. At the beginning of anaphase, the kinetchore fibres shorten ( delivering sister chromatids to the poles) and astral microtubules elongate. The region between the two poles is called the spindle midzone and the microtubules that populate this region are called midzone microtubules. The term central spindle refers to the structure at the centre of the midzone, where the plus ends of the microtubules interdigitate. The microtubules of the central spindle eventually lose their interaction with the spindle poles. As the formation of the cleavage furrow progresses, the central spindle becomes compacted dense structure known as a the midbody.

Article 2: In the spindle, kinetochore microtubules have their plus ends embedded in the kinetochores of the sister chromatids and their minus ends at the spindle pole. This study shows that kinesins are important to maintain spindle bipolarity. [2] The simulataneous KinI induced disassembly at both the plus and minus ends may result in the poleward driving forces. Upon disassembly, chromosome associated kinetochore microtubules are driven back to their poles. Centromere-associated KinI proteins act to disassemble the plus end, causing the spindles to shorten during anaphase.

Article 3: In most animal cells microtubules are nucleated at the centrosomes found at the spindle poles. However, it has been observed that spindles can still form in cells lacking centrosomes. The results show that non-centrosomal microtubules contribute to to spindle formation even in cells with centrosomes. These cells expressed GFP-alpha-tubulin. It was also found that the centrosomal microtubule array can be composed of both nucleated and peripheral microtubules. Peripheral bundles were able to move laterally in order to form the spindles between the spindle poles. [3]

Article 4: For sister chromatids to be correctly segragated between daughter cells, the kinetochore forms bivalent attachments with the spindle microtubules and the kinteochores position themselves correctly with respect to the division plane of the cell. Bivalent attachment of the sister chromatids to the spindle is achieved when the plus ends of the microtubules emanating from each pole interacts with the kinetochores of each sister pair and then becomes embedded. It is well established that CLIP-170/Tip1 localizes to the kinetochore.The plus-end microtubule binding proteins ( +TIP) play a significant role in the regulation of microtubule stability and cell polarity during interphase. In this study, they investigated the role of +TIP proteins during mitotic progression and provide evidence suggesting that the +TIP protein Tip1 affects directly or indirectly the movement of the chromosomes towards to the poles during anaphase [4] .


  1. <pubmed>19197328</pubmed>
  2. <pubmed>14681690</pubmed>
  3. <pubmed>14588246</pubmed>
  4. <pubmed>20498706</pubmed>

Note: there may be some overlap between the structure and function subtopics. We'll have to discuss further about this.

The following articles are related to the functions of several components that contribute to spindle formation:

Article 1: This article searches the roles of actin filaments (F-actin) and F-actin-based motors (myosins) which are required components of mitotic spindles. In their research, they found out that myosin-10 (Myo10) is important for assembly of meiotic spindles. In more detail, Myo10 set themselves to mitotic spindle poles and is very important for proper spindle anchoring, normal spindle length, spindle pole integrity as well as progression through metaphase. They also found out the antagonistic relationship between F-actin and Myo10 in maintenance of spindle length and that they work independently.[1] Actin filaments (F-actin) and F-actin-based motors (myosins) are essential components in the proper functioning of spindle apparatus. They are required for correct positioning of the spindle towards the anchor point.

Article 2: Their finding found out the function of the long-tailed class-1 myosin myosin-1C from Dictyostelium discoideum during mitosis. They use the data obtained as back up, suggested that myosin-1C binds to microtubules and play parts in maintenance of spindle stability during chromosome separation and that the association of myosin-1C with microtubules is mediated through the tail domain. Further data has leaded to another suggestion that myosin-1C tail can inhibit kinesin motor activity, strengthen the stability of microtubules as well as forming crosslinks between microtubules and F-actin. [2] Myosin-1C motor and tail-domain-mediated MT-F-actin are required for the relocalization of certain protein from the cell periphery to the spindle. Therefore, both contribute to the formation and stability of spindle apparatus in considerable amount.

Article 3: This article states thoroughly for the process of spindle assembly, spindle positioning and separation of the nascent spindle poles in relation to cortical dynein-based pulling on astral microtubules, and kinesin-based sliding of polar microtubules. They talked about the motors and microtubule binding proteins at kinetochores which provide attachment sites for microtubule to the chromosomes. They also states that there is a complicated mechanism that which perform pushing and pulling action to chromosomes that puts them in metaphase plate position. Kinetochore motors and microtubule binding proteins can also give signal to the cell cycle regulatory machinery for on time advance passing the cell cycle phrases. [3] Dynein-based pulling and kinesin-based sliding of microtubules is very important in spindle assembly and positioning. Motors and microtubule binding proteins will aid spindle for its function to separate sister chromatids.

Article 4: By combine the use of force-calibrated needles, high-resolution microscopy, and biochemical perturbations, the researcher analyze the vertebrate metaphase spindle and found that spindle viscosity is dependent on microtubule density and cross-linking. Spindle elasticity are said to be relating to kinetochore and non-kinetochore microtubule rigidity, and also to spindle pole organization by kinesin-5 and dynein. [4] The data obtain in their research provides micromechanics modal insight of this cytoskeletal architecture and provide insight into how structural and functional stability is maintained for proper control of spindle function.


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4 Research Articles For Historical Research on Spindle apparatus from z3370664:

Article # 1:


In this article[1], the author researched the measurements of force produced by spindles during anaphase of mitosis. A glass needle was used to measure the force that each spindle acts on each single moving chromosome. The use of the needle resulted in producing a force on the chromosome in opposition to the force produced by the spindle, and this was measured using the deflection of the needle tip. Twelve experiments were performed on grasshopper spermatocytes (which was chosen because the research ensured the surface of the cell did not interfere with the contents inside the cell). The results showed the relationship between the velocity of chromosomes and the opposing forces of the spindles. It was found that the spindles produce a large force, which shows that it can affect the stability and length of microtubules. This article is relevant in the spindle historical research section.

Article # 2:


This article [2] discusses research in the topic of centrioles and their role in spindle apparatus formation. Centrioles are normally present in animal cells. Spindle apparatus originate from a 'center' which is called the centriole. It helps organise the spindles to originate from a single point. However centrioles are absent in many plant cells. Ovaries of rate, mice, hamster, Mongolian gerbils, and humans were used in this study. Oocyte samples were taken out of the ovaries, and examined. The results showed that centrioles were present in human oogonia, as well as the neonatal ovaries of rats. However, centrioles seem to be absent in later stages of oogenesis. It was not discovered what exactly happens to the centrioles, because there was no observation of breaking down. The results also show that an intact centriole is not needed for successful completion of meiosis. Mitotic spindles in early mouse embryos and many plants lack centrioles. This article will be helpful in the historical research section.

Article # 3:


This article [3] researches mitotic spindle thermodynamics and equilibrium during metaphase. Sea urchin eggs undergoing metaphase were used in this study. These eggs were observed using polarization microscopy. Spindle fibres were said to be 'labile' in nature, however the existence of spindle fibres were not confirmed until 1953 by Inoue, who was able to show their existence in living cells, using polarization microscopy. He also discovered that hypothermic treatment, as well as the antimitotic drug colchicine can abolish these spindle fibers. The author of this article investigated the equilibrium of spindle fibres that are dependent on temperature. Rise of temperature seems to cause an increase in birefringence. Birefringence is also related to the proportion of tubulin content of microtubules. This article is useful for the historical research section.

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This article [4] researches the effect of intracellular pH on mitotic spindle apparatus. Fertilized eggs of Scaphechinus mirabilis and Clypeaster japonicus were used in this study. The pH of Scaphechinus mirabilis was 7.34, while the pH of Clypeaster japonicus was 7.31. The pH of both these egg species changed after their nucleus was broken down with the treatment of adding sea water which contained ammonia or acetate which had pH of variable values. The results showed that the mitotic spindles increased to their maximum size at pHi 6.70. However, the spindle length then decreased when the pHi was changed from 6.70 to 7.84. The increase in spindle size was found to also be related to the amount of microtubules present. Inhibition of the mitotic spindle organisation were observed at pHi 6.30. Most of the eggs of Scaphechinus mirabilis arrested at the metaphase stage when the pHi was 6.70. The main result found overall from this research was that a slightly acidic pH results in the stabilization of microtubules in the spindles, and the number of microtubules present were larger than it is in normal eggs. This article is useful for the historical research section.


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Four Research Articles on Spindle Apparatus: Mechanism of Formation from z3369112

Mechanisms of mitotic spindle assembly and function

This journal (although a review) is a comprehensive source for information on the observations that led to the current models of spindle assembly as well as recent discoveries in the field. Since the section of Mechanism of Formation requires information on the two spindle assembly models (Search and Capture & Microtubule Self-Organisation), it was deemed appropriate. This review centers entirely on the spindle assembly models.[1]

Maize meiotic spindles assemble around chromatin and do not require paired chromosomes

This research article provides a good explanation on how the Microtubule Self-Organisation or Self-Assembly model works. The scientists in this study propose a model for spindle formation in maize meiocytes where microtubules firstly appear around the chromosomes during prometaphase and aids the microtubules to self-organise. The scientists studied the organization of microtubule arrays in wild-type maize meiocytes and three maize meiotic mutants, desynaptic1 (dsy1), desynaptic2 (dsy2) and absence of first division (afd). It also references the Search and Capture model.[2]

Mitotic spindle poles are organised by structural and motor proteins in addition to centrosomes

This study provides results that show that the microtubule micro ends are directed to the spindle poles through mechanisms involving contributions from both centrosomes and microtubule motor proteins. All the observations done in their experiment with Xenopus eggs is discussed in the context of the Search and Capture model, which was useful to the section. The scientists in this article who that a certain antibody disrupts the organisation of microtubule minus ends and localisation of the nuclear mitotic apparatus protein at spindle poles.[3]

The chromosomal passenger complex is required for chromatin-inducted microtubule stabilization and spindle assembly

In relation to the Microtubule Self-Organisation model, it discusses the molecular pathway cascade of Ran-GTP. This assessment does not need to go into as much detail as the study explains, but for the general overview, it was proven useful. In particular, the Introduction section does a good job at explaining its function. Whilst it goes rather indepth into the topic (more than required for Cell Biology), it discuses the complexes required for chromatin-induced microtubule stabilisation and spindle formation (Microtubule Self-Organisation model).[4]

Useful Image to be used for Spindle Apparatus: Mechanism of Formation

Search and Capture spindle assembly model


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