A Cell-Based Assay for Mitotic Spindle Orientation

  • Elina Glaubke
  • Holger Bastians
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1787)


The regulation of mitotic spindle orientation is essential to ensure proper cell division and development (Kiyomitsua and Cheeseman Nat Cell Biol 14:311–317, 2012). For identification of potential spindle orientation regulators, determination of the mitotic spindle angle is a well-known but time-consuming procedure. Here we describe a simple and time-saving phenotypic screening assay for the identification of potential spindle orientation regulators. This screen is based on the analysis of monopolar mitotic spindle structures, which form upon inhibition of the mitotic kinesin Eg5/KSP by the small-molecule inhibitor dimethylenastron (DME) or similar compounds.

Key words

Dimethylenastron Monopolar spindle structure Spindle orientation Mitosis Immunostaining 



We are grateful to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German Cancer Aid for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goettingen Center for Molecular Biosciences and University Medical CenterGoettingenGermany

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