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Chapter title
FtsZ Constriction Force – Curved Protofilaments Bending Membranes
Chapter number 5
Book title
Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons
Published in
Sub cellular biochemistry, May 2017
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-53047-5_5
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-3-31-953045-1, 978-3-31-953047-5

Harold P. Erickson, Masaki Osawa


Jan Löwe, Linda A. Amos


FtsZ assembles in vitro into protofilaments (pfs) that are one subunit thick and ~50 subunits long. In vivo these pfs assemble further into the Z ring, which, along with accessory division proteins, constricts to divide the cell. We have reconstituted Z rings in liposomes in vitro, using pure FtsZ that was modified with a membrane targeting sequence to directly bind the membrane. This FtsZ-mts assembled Z rings and constricted the liposomes without any accessory proteins. We proposed that the force for constriction was generated by a conformational change from straight to curved pfs. Evidence supporting this mechanism came from switching the membrane tether to the opposite side of the pf. These switched-tether pfs assembled "inside-out" Z rings, and squeezed the liposomes from the outside, as expected for the bending model. We propose three steps for the full process of cytokinesis: (a) pf bending generates a constriction force on the inner membrane, but the rigid peptidoglycan wall initially prevents any invagination; (b) downstream proteins associate to the Z ring and remodel the peptidoglycan, permitting it to follow the constricting FtsZ to a diameter of ~250 nm; the final steps of closure of the septum and membrane fusion are achieved by excess membrane synthesis and membrane fluctuations.

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Unknown 30 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 37%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 10%
Student > Bachelor 3 10%
Student > Master 3 10%
Unspecified 1 3%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 7 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 33%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 17%
Immunology and Microbiology 3 10%
Linguistics 1 3%
Unspecified 1 3%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 8 27%