The equatorial plate or metaphase plate describes a special arrangement of chromosomes during the mitotic and meiotic metaphase of cell division in living things with cell nuclei, the eukaryotes . The chromatids are arranged within a plane along the center of the dividing cell and thus form the metaphase plate; the chromosomes and microtubules of the spindle fibers are aligned perpendicular to the equatorial plate.
- ↑ Wissenschaft-Online-Lexika: Entry on the equatorial plate in the compact lexicon of biology. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- ↑ Johannes W. Rohen, Elke Lütjen-Drecoll: Functional Histology. 4th edition, Schattauer Verlag, Erlangen-Nürnberg 2000, ISBN 3-7945-2044-0 , pp. 44-52.