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Spatial separation of FtsZ and FtsN during cell division
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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2018 (English)In: Molecular Microbiology, ISSN 0950-382X, E-ISSN 1365-2958, Vol. 107, no 3, p. 387-401Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The division of Escherichia coli is mediated by a collection of some 34 different proteins that are recruited to the division septum and are thought to assemble into a macromolecular complex known as the divisome'. Herein, we have endeavored to better understand the structure of the divisome by imaging two of its core components; FtsZ and FtsN. Super resolution microscopy (SIM and gSTED) indicated that both proteins are localized in large assemblies, which are distributed around the division septum (i.e., forming a discontinuous ring). Although the rings had similar radii prior to constriction, the individual densities were often spatially separated circumferentially. As the cell envelope constricted, the discontinuous ring formed by FtsZ moved inside the discontinuous ring formed by FtsN. The radial and circumferential separation observed in our images indicates that the majority of FtsZ and FtsN molecules are organized in different macromolecular assemblies, rather than in a large super-complex. This conclusion was supported by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching measurements, which indicated that the dynamic behavior of the two macromolecular assemblies was also fundamentally different. Taken together, the data indicates that constriction of the cell envelope is brought about by (at least) two spatially separated complexes.

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2018. Vol. 107, no 3, p. 387-401
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152699DOI: 10.1111/mmi.13888ISI: 000423105700007PubMedID: 29193432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152699DiVA, id: diva2:1186793
Available from: 2018-03-01 Created: 2018-03-01 Last updated: 2018-03-01Bibliographically approved

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