Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 81, Issue 5, pp 453–464 | Cite as

Biogenesis of micronuclei

  • O. P. Kisurina-EvgenievaEmail author
  • O. I. Sutiagina
  • G. E. Onishchenko


The presence of micronuclei in a cell is an indicator of DNA damage and genetic instability. In this review, mechanisms of emergence of micronuclei, their functional activity, and pathways of elimination are discussed. It is supposed that morphological and functional varieties of micronuclei as well as their degradation pathways can be determined by the chromosomal material localized inside these cell structures.


micronucleus replication transcription repair elimination 



micronuclei derived from extrachromosomal double minute chromosomes


endoplasmic reticulum


reactive oxygen species


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  • O. P. Kisurina-Evgenieva
    • 1
    Email author
  • O. I. Sutiagina
    • 1
  • G. E. Onishchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityFaculty of BiologyMoscowRussia

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