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The essential cell division protein FtsN interacts with the murein (peptidoglycan) synthase PBP1B in Escherichia coli

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Waldemar Vollmer


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Bacterial cell division requires the coordinated action of cell division proteins and murein (peptidoglycan) synthases. Interactions involving the essential cell division protein FtsN and murein synthases were studied by affinity chromatography with membrane fraction. The murein synthases PBP1A, PBP1B, and PBP3 had an affinity to immobilized FtsN. FtsN and PBP3, but not PBP1A, showed an affinity to immobilized PBP1B. The direct interaction between FtsN and PBP1B was confirmed by pulldown experiments and surface plasmon resonance. The interaction was also detected by bacterial two-hybrid analysis. FtsN and PBP1B could be cross-linked in intact cells of the wild type and in cells depleted of PBP3 or FtsW. FtsN stimulated the in vitro murein synthesis activities of PBP1B. Thus, FtsN could have a role in controlling or modulating the activity of PBP1B during cell division in Escherichia coli. © 2007 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

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Author(s): Müller P, Ewers C, Bertsche U, Anstett M, Kallis T, Breukink E, Fraipont C, Terrak M, Nguyen-Distèche M, Vollmer W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Biological Chemistry

Year: 2007

Volume: 282

Issue: 50

Pages: 36394-36402

ISSN (print): 0021-9258

ISSN (electronic): 1083-351X

Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.


DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M706390200

PubMed id: 17938168


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