FtsZ, a tubulin homologue in prokaryote cell division.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Sequence alignments convincingly demonstrate that FtsZ is a prokaryotic homologue of eukaryotic tubulins. FtsZ appears to be universal in eubacteria and archaebacteria and has also been identified in chloroplasts. Like tubulin, it appears to have a cytoskeletal role as both proteins assemble into two types of characteristic polymers in vitro - protofilament sheets and mini-rings. Recent advances in immunofluorescence and the use of green fluorescent protein have provided clear images of FtsZ localized in a ring at the septation site in bacteria, and new insights into assembly of this Z-ring.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Erickson, HP

Published Date

  • September 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 362 - 367

PubMed ID

  • 17708981

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-8924

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0962-8924(97)01108-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England