ZipA and FtsA* stabilize FtsZ-GDP miniring structures.
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The cytokinetic division ring of Escherichia coli comprises filaments of FtsZ tethered to the membrane by FtsA and ZipA. Previous results suggested that ZipA is a Z-ring stabilizer, since in vitro experiments it is shown that ZipA enhanced FtsZ assembly and caused the filaments to bundles. However, this function of ZipA has been challenged by recent studies. First, ZipA-induced FtsZ bundling was not significant at pH greater than 7. Second, some FtsA mutants, such as FtsA* were able to bypass the need of ZipA. We reinvestigated the interaction of FtsZ with ZipA in vitro. We found that ZipA not only stabilized and bundled straight filaments of FtsZ-GTP, but also stabilized the highly curved filaments and miniring structures formed by FtsZ-GDP. FtsA* had a similar stabilization of FtsZ-GDP minirings. Our results suggest that ZipA and FtsA* may contribute to constriction by stabilizing this miniring conformation.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1038/s41598-017-03983-4
Publication InfoChen, Y; Huang, H; Osawa, Masaki; & Erickson, Harold Paul (2017). ZipA and FtsA* stabilize FtsZ-GDP miniring structures. Sci Rep, 7(1). pp. 3650. 10.1038/s41598-017-03983-4. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/14967.
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James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
Cytoskeleton: It is now clear that the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton originated in bacteria. Our major research is on FtsZ, the bacterial tubulin homolog, which assembles into a contractile ring that divides the bacterium. We have studied FtsZ assembly in vitro, and found that it assembles into thin protofilaments (pfs). Dozens of these pfs are further clustered to form the contractile Z-ring in vivo. Some important discoveries in the last ten years include: &bul
Assistant Research Professor of Cell Biology
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