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Bacterial cell division: assembly, maintenance and disassembly of the Z ring.

Authors
  • Adams, David W
  • Errington, Jeff
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Reviews Microbiology
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2009
Volume
7
Issue
9
Pages
642–653
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro2198
PMID: 19680248
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bacterial cell division is orchestrated by a tubulin homologue, FtsZ, which polymerizes to form a ring-like structure that is both a scaffold for the assembly of the bacterial cytokinetic machinery and, at least in part, a source of the energy for constriction. FtsZ assembly is tightly regulated, and a diverse repertoire of accessory proteins contributes to the formation of a functional division machine that is responsive to cell cycle status and environmental stress. In this Review, we describe the interaction of these proteins with FtsZ and discuss recent advances in our understanding of Z ring assembly.

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