What Happens In Each Phase Of Mitosis

What are the steps of mitosis? What happens in each?

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ashley227 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The cell cycle of a somatic cell consists of interphase and mitosis/cytokinesis.  During interphase, which occurs prior to mitosis, there are 3 phases: G1, S, and G2.  During the G phases the cell grows in size and organelles duplicate.  During the S phase, a duplicate copy of each chromosome is synthesized.  This produces an identical sister chromatid for all 46 chromosomes.  The X shaped chromosomes that form when the DNA condenses are paired sister chromatids.  Each half of the X is one sister chromatid.

After interphase is complete, mitosis can begin.  The first step is prophase.  During prophase, the nuclear envelope surrounding the DNA starts to disappear and the DNA condenses into chromosomes.  The 46 chromosomes each consist of 2 identical sister chromatids.  The centrioles move to opposite poles of the parent cell.

The second step of mitosis is metaphase.  During metaphase all of the chromosomes line up in the middle of the parent cell.  The centrioles produce spindles that attach to the centromere of each sister chromatid.

The third step of mitosis is anaphase.  During anaphase, the spindle fibers pull the identical sister chromatids to opposite sides (poles) of the parent cell.

The fourth and final step of mitosis is telophase.  During telophase, two nuclear envelopes reform around the separated DNA and the DNA de-condenses so that chromosomes are no longer visible.  One can also see that the plasma membrane begins to constrict between the newly formed nuclei.

Mitosis is then followed by cytokinesis where the two nuclei and the duplicated organelles are separated into 2 distinct daughter cells.  The cells are identical in terms of genetic content.

orchid101 | Student

The development of an individual from zygote to adult stage takes place through mitotic cell division. The mitotic phase consists of the following stages:

1) Prophase: At prophase (after DNA synthesis is already completed during interphase), the cell is still preparing for division.

2) Metaphase: At the prophase or early metaphase, the spindle tubules start appearing.

3) Anaphase: After the spindle is formed and the chromosomes have arranged on the equatorial plate, the chromosomes split at the position of centromere also.

4) Telophase: After the anaphase chromosomes have reached the poles, the nuclear membrane is reconstructed around each group of chromosomes giving rise to one nucleus at each pole.

sciencesolve | Student

The chemical division process called mitosis is split into the following 6 steps, such that: interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, cytokinasis.

The firts step of mitosis is characterized by the presence of one cell, but in the end of process there exists two identical cells.

The 6 steps of division process mitosis needs the energy stored in cell for the entire process to be completed.

In the first phase of the process, interphase, the DNA replication occurs but DNA molecules are still protected by the nuclear membrane.

In the second phase of the process, prophase, the nuclear membrane is no longer present and the DNA molecules start forming chromosomes.

In the third phase, metaphase, the chromosomes are aligned at the equatorial plate.

In the fourth phase, anaphase, the centromers of chromosomes start to split.

In the fifth phase, telophase, there exists two separate chromosomes.

In the last phase of the process, cytokinasis, there exists two identical cells that contain the same number of chromosomes.