Anaphase Delay after Inhibition of Protein Synthesis between Late Prophase and Prometaphase

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Science  09 Dec 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3754, pp. 1343-1344
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3754.1343


The relationship between protein synthesis and mitosis was studied in Physarum polycephalum, a plasmodial slime mold whose nuclear divisions are synchronous. Results of studies with actidione (cycloheximide), an inhibitor of protein synthesis, indicated that the essential structural proteins for mitosis and nuclear reconstruction were completed prior to the dissolution of the nucleolus in prophase. Proteins that determine the duration of the transition from metaphase to nuclear reconstruction were synthesized from late prophase to prometaphase. It is proposed that these proteins are concerned with the transformation of chemical energy into the mechanical work of mitosis.