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The Process of Mitosis in Eukaryotic Cells

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Mitosis is a critical cell division process in eukaryotic cells, involving phases like prophase, metaphase, and anaphase, leading to two genetically identical daughter cells. This process is essential for growth, tissue repair, and asexual reproduction. Errors in mitosis can result in conditions like aneuploidy or cancer. Advances in live cell imaging have enhanced our understanding of mitotic mechanisms and their variations across different eukaryotes.

The Process of Mitosis in Eukaryotic Cells

Mitosis is a fundamental process in eukaryotic cells that ensures the equal distribution of chromosomes into two daughter nuclei. It is a form of cell division that results in two daughter cells each having the same number and kind of chromosomes as the parent nucleus, typical of ordinary tissue growth. Mitosis consists of five phases: prophase, prometaphase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, which are collectively responsible for the precise separation of duplicated chromosomes. This process is vital for organismal growth, tissue repair, and asexual reproduction in certain species.
Animal cells in stages of mitosis: prophase with visible chromosomes, metaphase with equatorial alignment, anaphase with chromatid separation, telophase and completed cytokinesis.

The Sequential Stages of Mitosis

Mitosis is a multi-step process that begins with prophase, where chromosomes condense and the mitotic spindle starts to form. During prometaphase, the nuclear envelope breaks down and spindle fibers attach to kinetochores on the chromosomes. Metaphase is characterized by the alignment of chromosomes along the metaphase plate. In anaphase, sister chromatids separate and move to opposite poles of the cell. Finally, during telophase, the chromosomes decondense, nuclear envelopes re-form around the two sets of chromosomes, and the spindle apparatus disassembles, setting the stage for cytokinesis.

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Mitosis leads to the creation of two ______ cells with identical chromosomes to the ______ nucleus, which is essential for normal tissue ______.

daughter

parent

growth

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The cell division process known as mitosis is divided into five stages: ______, ______, ______, ______, and ______.

prophase

prometaphase

metaphase

anaphase

telophase

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Mitosis is not only crucial for ______ growth but also for ______ repair and asexual ______ in some organisms.

organismal

tissue

reproduction

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