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* After DNA replication 2 nuclear (and cell) divisions required to produce haploid gametes  
* After DNA replication 2 nuclear (and cell) divisions required to produce haploid gametes  
* Each diploid cell in meiosis produces 4 haploid cells (sperm) 1 haploid cell (egg)
* Each diploid cell in meiosis produces 4 haploid cells (sperm) 1 haploid cell (egg)
* Each diploid cell mitosis produces 2 diploid cells  
* Each diploid cell mitosis produces 2 diploid cells
===Male and Female Meiosis===
[[File:Male gametogenesis.jpg]]
[[File:Female gametogenesis.jpg]]

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ANAT3231 Cell Biology online lectures from the 2017 course.

Cell Division

Historic 1882 mitosis drawing.jpg Cell division - 3 types.jpg

Historic Historic 1882 mitosis drawings


How does one cell become two?

Cell Cycle | Movie of mitosis in the embryo


Links: Mitosis | Meiosis

Cell Division

Features 2 mechanical processes

  • Mitosis segregation of chromosomes and formation of 2 nuclei
  • Cytokinesis splitting of the cell as a whole into 2 daughter cells


  • Essential Cell Biology (Alberts) Chapter 17
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts) – Chapter 17,18
  • The Cell – Chapter 14,15
  • Molecular Cell Biology – Chapter 13

Binary Fission

  • Prokaryotes – And Eukaryote mitochondria
  • Asexual reproduction - replicates original cell to produce two identical cells
  • Grow in numbers exponentially
    • adequate nutrients and a fast life cycle
    • single organism can multiply into billions
  • High mutation rate of bacteria

(fission = splitting of something into its parts)

Cell Lifespan

  • Body cell types – About 210 types
  • Lifespan – Born, Differentiate, Function, Divide or Die

Cell Types

  • Neutrophil – 6-7 hours circulating – 4 days in tissue
  • Red blood cell – 120 days
  • Brain neuron, heart – 50 - 100 years

Cell Changes

  • Nucleus
    • Chromosome condensation
    • Nuclear envelope breakdown
  • Cytoplasm
    • Cytoskeleton reorganization
    • Spindle formation (MT) Contractile ring (MF)
    • Organelle redistribution
  • Mitosis Energy
    • Cell division uses up a lot of energy, so cells ensure they have enough resources to complete the job before committing to it.

Mitosis Phases

  • Based on light microscopy of living cells light and electron microscopy of fixed and stained cells
  • 5 Phases - prophase, prometaphase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase
    • Cytokinesis 6th stage overlaps the end of mitosis

MBC The stages of mitosis and cytokinesis in an animal cell


  • not a mitotic phase (discussed in cell cycle)
  • Chromosomes dispersed in nucleus
  • Gene expression
  • Cytoskeleton and cell organelles - Distributed and functioning
  • Mitochondria undergo independent proliferation/division

Chromosome Changes

Chromatin Structures.png HumanchromosomeXX1.jpg

  • 2 telomeres, centromere, replication origins
  • Telomere- at ends of chromosome (bacterial DNA circular)
  • Centromere- holds duplicated DNA together
  • Kinetochore - protein complex forms around the centromere forms during mitosis
  • Chromatin - DNA packed by DNA binding proteins (histones and non-histones) form 30nm DNA fibre
  • 2 types of chromatin in interphase nuclei (based on cytology)
    • heterochromatin - highly condensed (restricted gene transcription)
    • euchromatin - less condensed (gene transcription)


Chromosome telomeres.gif

  • at ends of all chromosomes (not bacterial DNA circular)
  • roles in chromosome replication and maintenance
  • replication
    • for replicating the ends of linear chromosomes
  • maintenance
    • proposed to provide each cell with a replication counting mechanism that helps prevent unlimited proliferation
  • each cell division shortens telomere 50–100 nucleotides
  • DNA 100s to 1,000s repeats of a simple-sequence containing clusters of G residues (humans AGGGTT)
  • Telomerase enzyme maintains length



  • directs movement of each chromosome into daughter cells every time a cell divides
  • centromere embedded in heterochromatin
  • satellite DNA sequences (AT-rich) repeated many thousands of times
  • proteins assemble on this to form Kinetochore
    • attachment site for spindle microtubules

Links: MBOC - Centromere

Replication Origins

DNA replication fork.png

  • DNA replication initiates at multiple origins (ori)
  • in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA
  • multiple origins in eukaryotes (human genome about 30,000 origins)
  • each origin produces two replication forks (moving in opposite directions)

Mitosis fl.jpg


Mammalian cell - prophase[1]
  • Chromosome DNA has been earlier duplicated (S Phase)
  • Chromosomes begin condensing
  • Chromosome pairs (chromatids) held together at centromere
  • Microtubules disassemble
  • Mitotic spindle begins to form

Spindle Apparatus

  • 3 sets of microtubules - (+) ends point away from centrosome at each pole.
  1. astral microtubules - anchor the pole end in position
  2. kinetochore microtubules - connected to chromosomes
  3. polar microtubules - form the structure of the spindle apparatus

Spindle Apparatus EM | Spindle Apparatus | MBC Movie- Microtubule dynamics during mitosis

At end of prophase nuclear envelope breaks down


  • Microtubules now enter nuclear region
  • Nuclear envelope forms vesicles around mitotic spindle
  • Kinetochores form on centromere attach to some MTs of spindle

Dynamic instability and the capture of chromosomes

Centromeric attachment of microtubules

At end of prometaphase chromosomes move to metaphase plate


Mitosis - Metaphase
  • Kinetochore MTs align chromosomes in one midpoint plane

Proposed alternative mechanisms for chromosome congression

Metaphase ends when sister kinetochores separate


Chromosome motility anaphase
  • Separation of sister Kinetochores
  • shortening of Kinetochore microtubules pulls chromosome to spindle pole

Experiment - during anaphase A chromosomes move poleward along stationary kinetochore microtubules, which coordinately disassemble from their kinetochore ends

Anaphase ends as nuclear envelope (membrane) begins to reform


Mitosis - Telophase
  • Chromosomes arrive at spindle poles
  • Kinetochore MTs lost
  • Condensed chromosomes begin expanding
    • Continues through cytokinesis

Links: Figure 19-41 Microtubule dynamics during mitosis | Figure 19-34. The stages of mitosis and cytokinesis in an animal cell | Cytokinetic abscission: cellular dynamics at the midbody


  • Division of cytoplasmic contents
  • Contractile ring forms at midpoint under membrane
  • Microfilament ring - contracts forming cleavage furrow
    • myosin II is the motor
  • Eventually fully divides cytoplasm

Links: Cytokinesis | Cytokinesis in Plants

Cell Organelles


  • Divide independently of cell mitosis
  • distributed into daughter cells


  • localise at spindle poles

Peroxisome mitosis2.jpg

Endoplasmic Reticulum


Post-mitotic Golgi stack formation
  • 2 processes - disassembly and reassembly
  • Golgi stack undergoes a continuous fragmentation process
  • fragments are distributed into daughter cells
  • are reassembled into new Golgi stacks


  • Unstacking - mediated by two mitotic kinases (cdc2 and plk)
  • Vesiculation - mediated by COPI budding machinery ARF1 and the coatomer complex


  • Fusion - formation of single cisternae by membrane fusion
  • Restacking - requires dephosphorylation of Golgi stacking proteins by protein phosphatase PP2A

Links: Tang D, Mar K, Warren G, Wang Y. Molecular mechanism of mitotic Golgi disassembly and reassembly revealed by a defined reconstitution assay. J Biol Chem. 2008 Mar 7;283(10):6085-94. Epub 2007 Dec 21. PMID: 18156178

Mitosis and Meiosis

Mitosis meiosis1.jpg Progeny

Mitosis 2 Daughter cells identical to parent (diploid)

Meiosis Germ cell division (haploid)

  • Reductive division
  • Generates haploid gametes (egg, sperm)
  • Each genetically distinct from parent
  • Genetic recombination (prophase 1)
    • Exchanges portions of chromosomes maternal/paternal homologous pairs
  • Independent assortment of paternal chromosomes (meiosis 1)

Cell Birth - Mitosis and Meiosis 1st cell division- Meiosis

Homologous chromosomes pairing unique to meiosis

  • Each chromosome duplicated and exists as attached sister chromatids before pairing occurs
  • Genetic Recombination shown by chromosomes part red and part black
    • chromosome pairing in meiosis involves crossing-over between homologous chromosomes

(For clarity only 1 pair of homologous chromosomes shown)

Comparison of Meiosis/Mitosis

  • After DNA replication 2 nuclear (and cell) divisions required to produce haploid gametes
  • Each diploid cell in meiosis produces 4 haploid cells (sperm) 1 haploid cell (egg)
  • Each diploid cell mitosis produces 2 diploid cells

Male and Female Meiosis

Male gametogenesis.jpg

Female gametogenesis.jpg


Meiotic Nondisjunction

  • Occurs when homologues fail to separate during meiotic division I or II
  • Down Syndrome
  • Caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21


Chromosomal Translocations

  • Philadelphia chromosome
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
    • Piece of Chr9 exchanged with Chr22 Generates truncated abl

Overstimulates cell production

Meiosis Sex Differences

Female (oogenesis)

  • Meiosis initiated once in a finite population of cells
  • 1 gamete produced / meiosis
  • Completion of meiosis delayed for months or years
  • Meiosis arrested at 1st meiotic prophase and reinitiated in a smaller population of cells
  • Differentiation of gamete occurs while diploid in first meiotic prophase
  • All chromosomes exhibit equivalent transcription and recombination during meiotic prophase

Male (spermatogenesis)

  • Meiosis initiated continuously in a mitotically dividing stem cell population
  • 4 gametes produced / meiosis
  • Meiosis completed in days or weeks
  • Meiosis and differentiation proceed continuously without cell cycle arrest
  • Differentiation of gamete occurs while haploid after meiosis ends

Sex chromosomes excluded from recombination and transcription during first meiotic prophase


  1. Russan NM. Let's Build a Spindle. ASCB Image & Video Library. 2008;CYT-190. Available at: http://cellimages.ascb.org/u?/p4041coll12,521


Essential Cell Biology

  • Essential Cell Biology Chapter 17

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Alberts, Bruce; Johnson, Alexander; Lewis, Julian; Raff, Martin; Roberts, Keith; Walter, Peter New York and London: Garland Science; c2002

Molecular Cell Biology

Lodish, Harvey; Berk, Arnold; Zipursky, S. Lawrence; Matsudaira, Paul; Baltimore, David; Darnell, James E. New York: W. H. Freeman & Co.; c1999

The Cell- A Molecular Approach

Cooper, Geoffrey M. Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates, Inc.; c2000

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  • The great divide: coordinating cell cycle events during bacterial growth and division. Haeusser DP, Levin PA. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2008 Apr;11(2):94-9. Epub 2008 Apr 7. Review. PMID: 18396093 | PMC
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2012 Course Content

Lectures: Cell Biology Introduction | Cells Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes | Cell Membranes and Compartments | Cell Nucleus | Cell Export - Exocytosis | Cell Import - Endocytosis | Cell Mitochondria | Cell Junctions | Cytoskeleton Introduction | Cytoskeleton - Intermediate Filaments | Cytoskeleton - Microfilaments | Cytoskeleton - Microtubules | Extracellular Matrix 1 | Extracellular Matrix 2 | Cell Cycle | Cell Division | Cell Death 1 | Cell Death 2 | Signal 1 | Signal 2 | Stem Cells 1 | Stem Cells 2 | 2012 Revision | Development

Laboratories: Introduction to Lab | Microscopy Methods | Preparation/Fixation | Immunochemistry | Cell Knockout Methods | Cytoskeleton Exercise | Confocal Microscopy | Microarray Visit | Tissue Culture 1 | Tissue Culture 2 | Stem Cells Lab | Stem Cells Analysis

2012 Projects: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5 | Group 6 | Group 7 | Group 8 | Group 9

Dr Mark Hill 2015, UNSW Cell Biology - UNSW CRICOS Provider Code No. 00098G