"One model that has been suggested is that a kinetochore is like a sliding collar, in which motor proteins maintain contact with tubulin molecules at or near the ... "
"The kinetochore does have motor proteins... think of the mitotic spindle as an anchor with a rope (the rope being the microtubules). The kinetochore is like a man climbing up the rope - he's actually putting force on the rope to move himself along. (the kinetochore also breaks down the microtubule as it goes along). "
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