Meaning of Cytokinesis - encyclopedia - 2023



What is Cytokinesis:

Cytokinesis is a cell division process through which the cytoplasm of a cell divides to give rise to two daughter cells, different from each other.

This process is characteristic of eukaryotic cells, and takes place after mitosis or meiosis, when the last process of the cell cycle is ending.

However, this process of cell division does not occur in all cells, since some can duplicate without having to divide their cytoplasm, as in the case of some fungi or heart muscle cells. In this sense, cytokinesis is more common in animal cells than in plant cells.

Cytokinesis begins during anaphase and ends with the telophase of mitosis. In this sense, in mitosis the DNA of the cell is duplicated and divided between the two daughter cells.

Anaphase is the process by which chromosomes are divided and placed on the opposites of the stem cell that will be divided.

For its part, telophase is when chromatids (chromosome filaments) reach these opposite poles of the cell. In this way, the formation of new cell membranes for the nuclei of the new daughter cells begins.

Once this occurs, cytokinesis begins, which is the final stage of cell division in both animal cells and plant cells.

See also:

  • Mitosis.
  • Meiosis

Cytokinesis in animal cells

In animal cells, the cytokinesis process involves the formation of a division groove on the cell surface that extends and deepens until the cell divides in two, and this is due to the contraction generated by the contractile ring, made up of actin filaments , myosin and other structural and regulatory proteins.

As the ring narrows, the groove will be larger and the cytoplasm will be strangulated until it reaches the point of cell separation. Eventually, the two daughter cells are formed.

During the anaphase stage the contractile ring fits under the plasma membrane and gradually contracts, in this way they fuse and a new membrane is inserted next to the ring, which helps to compensate for the increase in surface area during division of the cytoplasm and seals the formation of the two new daughter cells.

In this sense, it can be said that cytokinesis is carried out in four stages that are initiation, contraction, membrane insertion and termination.

Cytokinesis in plant cells

Cytokinesis in plant cells takes place after the formation of a separating septum known as a fragmoplast, which arises from the accumulation of vesicles that come from the Golgi apparatus and that contain material from the cell wall.

Once the fragmoplast comes into contact with the cell walls, the septum will form in the middle of the cell, making cell division possible.

See also Cell cycle.