Mitosis: Early Prophase

Mitosis: Early Prophase

The first phase of mitosis is known as the prophase, where the nuclear chromatin starts to become organized and condenses into thick strands that eventually become chromosomes. During prophase, the cytoskeleton (composed of cytoplasmic microtubules) begins to disassemble and the main component of the mitotic apparatus, the mitotic spindle begins to form outside the nucleus at opposite ends of the cell. The photomicrograph above depicts the initial chromosome condensation at the beginning of prophase (early prophase) when the nucleolus is still intact.


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