The centrosome – diverse functions in fertilization and development across species

Abrar Aljiboury, Heidi Hehnly

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The centrosome is a non-membrane-bound organelle that is conserved across most animal cells and serves various functions throughout the cell cycle. In dividing cells, the centrosome is known as the spindle pole and nucleates a robust microtubule spindle to separate genetic material equally into two daughter cells. In non-dividing cells, the mother centriole, a substructure of the centrosome, matures into a basal body and nucleates cilia, which acts as a signal-transducing antenna. The functions of centrosomes and their substructures are important for embryonic development and have been studied extensively using in vitro mammalian cell culture or in vivo using invertebrate models. However, there are considerable differences in the composition and functions of centrosomes during different aspects of vertebrate development, and these are less studied. In this Review, we discuss the roles played by centrosomes, highlighting conserved and divergent features across species, particularly during fertilization and embryonic development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberjcs261387
JournalJournal of cell science
Issue number23
StatePublished - 2023


  • Centriol appendages
  • Centrioles
  • Centrosome
  • Cilia
  • Pericentriolar matrix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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