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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Adams, Professor Jeff Errington FRSORCiD


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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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Author(s): Adams DW, Errington J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Reviews Microbiology

Year: 2009

Volume: 7

Issue: 9

Pages: 642-653

ISSN (print): 1740-1526

ISSN (electronic): 1740-1534

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro2198


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