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Mechanisms of cytokinesis in basidiomycetous yeasts

Research paper by Sophie Altamirano, Srikripa Chandrasekaran, Lukasz Kozubowski

Indexed on: 12 Mar '17Published on: 12 Jan '17Published in: Fungal Biology Reviews



Abstract

While mechanisms of cytokinesis exhibit considerable plasticity, it is difficult to precisely define the level of conservation of this essential part of cell division in fungi, as majority of our knowledge is based on ascomycetous yeasts. However, in the last decade more details have been uncovered regarding cytokinesis in the second largest fungal phylum, basidiomycetes, specifically in two yeasts, Cryptococcus neoformans and Ustilago maydis. Based on these findings, and current sequenced genomes, we summarize cytokinesis in basidiomycetous yeasts, indicating features that may be unique to this phylum, species-specific characteristics, as well as mechanisms that may be common to all eukaryotes.

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