Mitosis Metaphase

What is Mitosis and Metaphase? 


It is a type of cell division in which the mother cell divides to produce two new cells (the daughters) that are genetically identical to itself. Mitosis is the part of the division process in the context of the cell cycle, and in which the DNA of the cell's nucleus is split into two equal sets of chromosomes.

In our body mitosis involves which the great majority of the cell divisions happens. Mitosis populates an organism’s body with cells during the development, and growth and throughout an organism’s life, it replaces old, worn-out cells with new ones. Mitotic divisions are actually a form of reproduction for single celled eukaryotes like yeast, adding a new individual to the population.

Each daughter cell gets a perfect, full set of chromosomes in all of these cases to make sure, that is the goal of mitosis. The cells usually don't function well with too few or too many chromosomes, and for this they may not survive, or they may even cause cancer. So, they don’t divide their DNA at random when cell mitosis undergoes, and toss it into piles for the two daughter cells. In a carefully organized series of steps, they split up their duplicated chromosomes.


A stage of mitosis in the eukaryotic cell cycle in which chromosomes are at their second-most condensed and coiled stage is known as metaphase. Carrying genetic information, aligned in the equator of the cell before being separated into each of the two daughter cells is being done with these chromosomes.

The third phase of mitosis is known as metaphase, which is the process that separates duplicated genetic material carried in the nucleus of a parent cell into two identical daughter cells. The metaphase checkpoint that it is ready to divide is an important checkpoint in the middle of mitosis, during which the cell is being ensured.

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Significance of Mitosis

  1. It helps in maintaining the same number of chromosomes in daughter cells after division.

  2. It is responsible for growth and development of multicellular organisms.

  3. It helps in repairing damaged tissues.

  4. It helps the cell to maintain proper size.

  5. It allows the multicellular organism to maintain its tissues, skin sells, and blood is the example.

  6. Mitosis is important for sexual reproduction indirectly.

  7. Mitosis allows to grow, and develop the sexually reproducing organism from a single cell into a sexually mature individual.

Importance of Mitosis

The importances of mitosis are as follows

  1. The chromosome number does not change.

  2. It helps the growth and development of embryos.

  3. It helps the recovery of damaged organs.

  4. It is important for formation of all body cells.

  5. Mitosis is the basis for sexual reproduction.

  6. It helps not divide the nerve (neurone), and muscle cells.

Metaphase Stage of Mitosis

The chromosomes align upon a theoretical line known as the metaphase plate at this stage. Furthermore, the centrosomes have orientated themselves to opposite ends of the cell. At this stage, the cell will check that all the chromosomes are aligned along the metaphase plate, with their kinetochores correctly attached. This helps to ensure sister chromatids are split evenly between the two daughter cells. An error in alignment or in a spindle attachment will result in the cell halting further progress until the problem is fixed.

Because chromosome alignment at the center of the cell on the metaphase plate acts as a checkpoint for progression into the next phase, anaphase, metaphase can occupy a large portion of the total time of mitosis. Until the chromosomes are properly aligned, cells can arrest in metaphase for days and the cell enters anaphase.

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Fun Facts

1. Mitosis describes the division of one cell into two identical daughter cells. It occurs in several stages, each stage describing a stereotyped set of changes in cell contents and structure. In this article, we will look at the stages of mitosis and a clinical application of mitosis.

2. During mitosis one cell divides once to form two identical cells.

3. The major purpose of mitosis is for growth and to replace worn out cells.

4. The chromosomes line up neatly end-to-end along the centre (equator) of the cell and after that the centrioles stand at opposite poles of the cell with the mitotic spindle fibres extending from them. To each of the sister chromatids, the mitotic spindle fibres attach.

5. The chromosomes become arranged on the metaphase plate and are attached to the fully formed spindle.

6. The chromosomes at their most highly coiled and condensed, become arranged on a plane equidistant from the two poles called the metaphase plate.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What Happens During Mitosis Metaphase?

At the metaphase plate the chromosomes line up, under tension from the mitotic spindle. By microtubules from opposite spindle poles, the two sister chromatids of each chromosome are captured. The spindle has captured all the chromosomes in the metaphase, and lined them up at the middle of the cell, ready to divide.

2. How Do You Explain Metaphase and Why Metaphase is So Important?

Metaphase Definition. Metaphase is a stage in eukaryotic cell division in which the chromosomes align on the metaphase plate in the middle of the cell. As the microtubules are retracted, an equal tension is applied from each side of the cell to the chromosomes. This moves them to the middle of the cell.

It's crucial that all of the genetic material is perfectly divided so that exactly one copy of each chromosome goes into each daughter cell. In metaphase, the pairs of chromosomes are all lined up in the center of the cell, so that they can be pulled apart into the two daughter cells in the next phase of mitosis.