Centromere: Definition & Structure


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In eukaryotes, a ________ is a region of DNA that is responsible for the movement of the replicated chromosomes into the two daughter cells during mitosis and ________.

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1. If a chromosome is acrocentric, where is its centromere located?

2. What does it mean that centromeres are located in heterochromatin regions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The centromere plays a major role in cell division. The accompanying quiz and worksheet will help develop your understanding of its function. You will be tested on your knowledge of the structures that interact with the centromere as well as qualities associated with its placement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test your understanding of:

  • Centromere localization
  • Functions of the centromere
  • DNA characteristics near the centromere

Skills Practiced

  • Reading Comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the centromere structure
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the functions of the centromere during cell division
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the centromere
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the role and position of the centromere during cell division

Additional Learning

Learn more by reading the accompanying lesson Centromere: Definition & Structure. The following objectives are covered:

  • Define centromere
  • Explain its two main functions
  • Identify centromere localizations
  • Understand the structure of the centromere