Encyclopedia of Cancer

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| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Cytochalasin B

  • Manfred SchwabEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_1457-2


The alkaloid cytochalasin B is a cell-permeable mycotoxin which inhibits cytoplasmic division by blocking the formation of contractile actin filaments. Cytochalasin B shortens actin filaments by blocking monomer addition at the fast-growing end of actin polymers. It blocks cytokinesis thus preventing the separation of daughter cells after mitosis that leads to the formation of binucleated cells.



Cancer Research Actin Filament Daughter Cell Actin Polymer Binucleated Cell 
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See Also

  1. (2012) Cytokinesis. In: Schwab M (ed) Encyclopedia of cancer, 3rd edn. Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg, p 1055. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-16483-5_1477Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany